Sustainable Management Scheme

Our SMS Project “Healing & Memory” in tribute to the landscape of Anglesey, which has been shaped by man’s intervention and time. In partnership with Bangor University, it will explore the cultural history and historic land use of this part of Southwest Anglesey.

Through a combination of environmental and people-focussed works, we will help these natural spaces to recover from the negative impacts of human activity, as well as telling the story of the ever-changing landscape.


SMS Project: Healing & Memory

What is “SMS”?

The “Sustainable Management Scheme” is a European Union funded scheme that forms part of its Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, designed to tackle the unique challenges facing rural communities. More information about the Sustainable Management Scheme can be found here: https://gov.wales/sustainable-management-scheme.

Tell Us About The Project:

Healing & Memory is a project whose purpose is to revitalise the landscapes, ecosystems, histories and access opportunities of South-West Anglesey. The scope of the Project responds directly to the opportunity offered by the SMS and extends over a broad range of landscapes and ecosystems.

The Project has 2 principle limbs and outputs:

1) The delivery of environmental works to improve ecological habitats and water quality; and

2) The creation of new access opportunities in the form of 3 new sections of footpath and a new landform.

These 2 Project limbs are explained in further detail in the accompany FAQs …

Why is the Project called ‘Healing & Memory’?
We named the Project “Healing & Memory” as a tribute to the landscape of this part of Anglesey and the people who have lived and worked in it and shaped it.

The most significant human intervention in and reshaping of this landscape and the lives of the people who lived in it came as a result of the Second World War and what followed in its immediate aftermath. In 1940 the UK Government created 2 military bases, RAF Bodorgan and the Ty Croes Camp. From 1949 the UK Government sponsored the creation of the Llanfeirian Experimental Farm. These interventions by the central UK Government had a huge and lasting impact.

Living memory of this time of major change is beginning to fade. So, the aim of the Project, working in partnership with Bangor University’s School of History, is to explore, capture and share this history of change and people.

What area does the Project cover?
The Project area is located in South-West Anglesey and extends from the Malltraeth Estuary to Llandrygarn. Much of the Project area falls within the Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and includes a diversity of habitats: coastal, wetland, riverine, sand dune, woodland and farmland.
Who is leading the Project?
The Project is being led by Bodorgan Environmental Management Limited which is a ‘not-for-profit’ company whose purpose is to manage and improve landscape and nature in this part of Anglesey. Bodorgan Environmental Management is closely connected to the Bodorgan Estate.
What is the Bodorgan Estate?
Bodorgan has been the home of the Meyrick family since the 1370s.

Today the Bodorgan Estate is the oldest land holding on Anglesey. This longevity has provided the opportunity to shape, protect and enhance many of the special areas that exist today in South-West Anglesey.

Nature conservation is a passion at Bodorgan, and the Estate has been active in delivering biodiversity gain whether that be planting trees, widening hedgerows, curating conservation grazing, harbouring a red squirrel sanctuary or supporting the work of Natural Resources Wales.

At its core the Estate is and has always been a farming estate and has made land available to local farming families for generations. The Estate employs a significant number of local people and Welsh remains the working language of many of the Estate’s teams.

Who is the Project Manager?
The Project Manager is Dave Bateson, an experienced environmental professional who lives on Anglesey and who has spent many years working for RSPB on Anglesey.
To whom is the Project accountable?
The Project is ultimately accountable to Welsh Government.

However, the Project is assisted by a Project Board whose membership comprises people from Anglesey and North Wales with expertise in: ecology; farming; Welsh history; and the working of local government.

Who is the Project working with?

We are fortunate enough to be working with a number of highly skilled and experienced organisations and professionals including:

  • Natural Resources Wales
  • North Wales Rivers Trust
  • Bangor University’s School of History and the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates
  • Adrienne Stratford, Wales’ leading expert on chough
  • Paul Harrison of Harrison Design Development, an award-winning North Wales-based landscape designer
  • Geoff Wood, an experienced public art consultant whose family have lived for generations in the Aberffraw area.
The benefits the Project will bring: Environmental Works

We are delivering a portfolio of individual projects whose purpose is to benefit biodiversity and improve river health. These projects include:

  • Re-wetting historic peatlands: lowland peatland in this part of Anglesey is today much reduced in extent. Peatland is of significance both for the range of wetland plants and insects it supports and its important role in storing carbon.
  • Re-introduction of grazing to coastal pastures: a focus here is on improving habitat for foraging chough.
  • Creating new fenced streamside corridors: the purpose here is to improve water quality and habitat for spawning fish and to reduce nutrient and sediment input.
  • The creation of new pools in wet pasture.
The benefits the Project will bring: New Access Opportunities
We intend to deliver 3 new sections of high quality footpath and a new landform. We have called this limb of the Project ‘Voices in the Landscape’.

We will use innovative interpretation material to help tell the story of landscape change and the history of the people who have lived in, worked in and shaped this landscape.

See the separate FAQs on Voices in the Landscape for further detail.

How much will the Project cost and where does the funding come from?
The Project is funded by the European Union Rural Development Fund which is administered by Welsh Government. The Project received an award of up to £595,000 of grant funding.

The Bodorgan Estate will be contributing further sums from its own resources to support the delivery of the Project.

What is the Project timescale?
The Project started in April 2021 and will conclude at the end of June 2023.

Sustainable Management Scheme
Project Partners

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.

Cyllidwyd y prosiect hwn drwy Cymunedau Gwledig Llywodraeth Cymru - Rhaglen Datblygu Gwledig Cymru 2014-2020, a ariennir gan Lywodraeth Cymru a’r Gronfa Amaethyddol Ewrop ar gyfer Datblygu Gwledig.


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