Cumulus Consultants, in partnership with TACP, was commissioned by Torfaen County Borough Council to produce a ten year, fully costed Natural Resource Management Plan for the South-East Wales Uplands. This is the first element of the Eastern Valleys Uplands Project funded by the Welsh Government’s Nature Fund.
During the ten month project, we collated and analysed a wide range of data, liaised with commoners and other stakeholders, and developed a range of proposals to enhance biodiversity, improve water and conserve the commons whilst ensuring commoning is a viable agricultural practice.
The report presents an assessment of the area’s natural resources and ecosystem services, provides a series of maps showing potential opportunities, and develops eight management proposals and a number of costed action plans.
Key findings arising from the Gloucestershire Level 2 report included:
The full report and a non-technical summary can be accessed here :
This is the first management plan for the uplands to focus on an ecosystems services approach (and) forms the prototype for other Natural Resource Management Plans in Wales … It offers the landscape profession an effective auditable process for implementing the ecosystems services model at a landscape scale