A NEW programme which aims to enhance pride in local communities will start in Wrexham.

We Care is a new project funded through the Welsh Government Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being Grant and is being delivered by Groundwork North Wales in Wrexham and Gwynedd.

The programme will develop and deliver local environmental improvements to transform neglected green spaces into new green community assets that everyone can benefit from.

In Wrexham the project started with a volunteer litter pick at Stryt Las Nature Reserve in Johnstown.

Geraint Hughes, Project Officer said: "We picked up lots of bags of litter and really cleaned up and improved the environment at Stryt Las Park which is an important habitat for the Great Crested Newt.

"Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped on the day."

Informal volunteer sessions will now run in the area every Thursday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the Johnstown area.

Everyone is welcome to get active and meet new people.

The We Care team is also looking to recruit people who are currently not in employment to join a 12 week Green Team programme, which will run two days a week with one day participating in an active community day and one day gaining up to five qualifications.

The new programme will run for three years in different communities across North Wales and will develop an ongoing long term volunteer team as well as offering one off workshops, education sessions, events and volunteering opportunities for the wider community.

To find out more about We Care and how to join in contact Lisa Jones or Richard Aram at Groundwork North Wales on 01978 757524 or via email at lisa.jones@groundworknorthwales.org.uk or richard.aram@groundworknorthwales.org.uk.