In 2019, 140 acres of green space and river were transferred from Powys County Council to the town council and sublet to Open Newtown, which has secured £1.1 million funding from the National Lottery Community Fund Wales to support projects.
Open Newtown has five years to invest this money to establish the town as a destination to benefit businesses, local people and the wider community.
Plans to unlock the economic potential of the green spaces and river include creating opportunities for sports, recreation, events, well-being, tourism and the local economy and community. Open Newtown is a not-for-profit community enterprise working on developing opportunities for people and enterprise based on the area’s rich nature.
Where the Severn Smiles is funded through the ENRAW (Enabling Natural Resources and Wellbeing) Fund, a Welsh Government initiative to explore how communities can work together to help the nation meet targets in both the Wellbeing and Future Generations Act and the Environment Act.
Rydym yn ymddiriedolaeth datblygu annibynnol sy’n darparu prosiectau cymunedol cynaliadwy yn ardal y Drenewydd.