Watch the National Lottery Community Fund’s biggest ever surprise!

Watch the incredible reaction of the Brymbo community as National Lottery Community Fund Wales Director, John Rose, surprises them with the news that they have received nearly £2 million!

Brymbo Heritage Group in Wrexham are one of five organisations in Wales to receive a share of £6,838,324 through our Create Your Space programme.

The awards have been made possible thanks to National Lottery ticket sales as well as from money through Dormant Accounts (Dormant Accounts funding comes from bank and building society accounts that have not been used in over 15 years).

They receive £1,996,483 to work in communities in the hills to the West of Wrexham town centre, including the electoral wards of Brymbo, Bryn Cefn and Gwenfro. The project will be delivered through “area” projects, improving physical spaces and the ways that they are used, and “connections” projects that will bring about changes in the ways people view and use spaces, and to develop them further.

Nick Amyes, the Trust’s Chair, said: “Getting this grant is absolutely fantastic! We’ve been working with residents for years to find ways of celebrating our proud industrial heritage. For us, it’s all about reconnecting people with the spaces our community grew from – Brymbo’s former iron and steelworks and the collieries and railway beds that surround it.

“This award from Create Your Space means we can now work with residents to join forces and open up large parts of these ex-industrial landscapes for us all to use as parkland, as new walking routes, as community gardens, and as places to learn about climate change, and biodiversity: People working with spaces, spaces working for people.”

The programme will help support communities to come up with their own vision and plan for conserving and enhancing their local natural environment in a way which meets their needs and those of future generations. This is in line with the goals outlined in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and the Environment (Wales) Act which have the aim of bringing about multiple benefits to improve the social, economic, and cultural well-being of Wales.

Rita Singh, Wales Committee member, said: “The Create Your Space programme will support Welsh communities to become stronger and more engaged with their local environment by helping them to achieve a unique vision that will benefit them and future generations.

By supporting communities to transform their local natural environments in their own vision we are delivering on our promise to use National Lottery funding to regenerate and revitalise communities, and to leave a lasting legacy.”

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