About Us

Working with nature is an ongoing Countryside and Wildlife Team project with the goal of creating lasting and meaningful relationships between residents and their local wild spaces.

We aim to encourage local communities to take a more active role in the management of their local wild green spaces through volunteer task days and engagement activities. We want to raise the profile of our natural environment and help people to see the benefits of spending time in, and helping to manage, them for the future. Spending time in nature has been shown to have positive effects on our health and well-being and the benefits of nature are well documented.
Neath Port Talbot is lucky to have a diverse and fantastic landscape full of a wide range of habitats and wildlife. However, the global and national decline of biodiversity has been widely documented and we want to encourage a shift in lifestyle and attitude from Neath Port Talbot (NPT) residents and help guide you towards a sustainable future for your wild spaces. 

We hope that through participating in the project residents will get:

  • improved employment opportunities through the development of job relevant skills 
  • a better understanding of our ecosystems, what they provide us and how they can benefit us
  • a higher quality of life through improved health and well-being
Through support and help from volunteers, residents and partner organisations, we hope that our natural environment will:

  • be managed to support higher levels of biodiversity
  • be free of the threat from invasive species
  • be open and accessible to the public
  • provide opportunities to learn, play and explore

Our Team

(From Left to right: Volunteer Coordinator Ed Tucker, Events Coordinator Maggie Elsey-Cox and Events Coordinator Neil Hinds)

There are loads of great nature sites to explore in NPT, and if you are just getting started and want to get involved in the project, we offer two different approaches to help you get the most out of nature in NPT; engagement events and volunteering.

Our engagement events run throughout the year in various locations and provide a whole range of activities you can try out to start learning and getting out in nature. We run bushcraft sessions, willow weaving workshops, nature walks and accredited training, along with a range of other activities. We work with partner organisations and businesses to provide a varied calendar of events all targeted at getting you out in nature and doing something different. Take a look at our What's On calendar to see what events we have coming up.

Our Volunteering is aimed at taking the next steps of exploring by getting you involved in supporting the project and helping do the important work needed to maintain, protect and manage our fantastic wild spaces. We have different roles available so we are sure you'll find something you will enjoy, check out our volunteering page to learn more or check the What's On calendar to find out the upcoming dates.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.