Key partners pull out of “rewilding” project

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A project to “rewild” a section of mid-Wales has been hit by the withdrawal of a key partner following criticism and scrutiny from local communities.

BBC Wales reports that Rewilding Britain is the second key partner to have withdrawn their backing of the Summit to Sea project after Machynlleth-based Ecodyfi.

The £3.4million project aims to restore 10,000 hectares of land and 30,000 hectares of sea in Cardigan Bay to a “natural state”. Farming unions said it would make farming impossible and there has been criticism of the lack of consultation with local communities, who felt the project was being imposed upon them.

Rewilding Britain’s Rebecca Wrigley said “While Summit to Sea held a series of face-to-face meetings and consultations locally, we should have communicated more widely that the project was to be community-led and owned. We’ve learnt some invaluable lessons about how to do this in the most effective way.”