Category Archives: Wales

In March we are reminded about the importance of small things, as St David suggested!

Rhaid i ni wneud y pethau bychain! There was exciting news at the Wales RDP 2014-2020 Consultation Event last week. The RDP, or Rural Development Plan makes clear how European funding is to be used to support and improve the … Continue reading

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So why is this tree a star?

I had a great day last week, travelling out to the Ceiriog Valley with Gerallt Pennant to put together a piece for the Heno programme on S4C about an oak tree next to the B4500. Over the last few months … Continue reading

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Improving the protection and care of trees of special interest in Wales – latest developments

Following the presentation of a petition to the Welsh National Assembly by the Coed Cadw/Woodland Trust in 2012, we have continued to press for changes in legislation, policy and guidance so that the most valuable Welsh trees are less vulnerable … Continue reading

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Please have YOUR say on the Lobbying Bill

I’m sure most of you will have seen the negative press surrounding the Government’s misguided Transparency of Lobbying Bill – or the “gagging bill” as it has come to be referred as. If enacted in its current form, this legislation … Continue reading

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Ruthin flooding: We need some answers…. and here’s one that won’t break the bank!

This week was one in which residents of Ruthin’s Glasdir Estate demanded answers. When buying their new homes they were assured that that flood defences meant there was only a one-in-1,000-year chance of their homes being hit. But last year … Continue reading

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Wales: Reduce flood risk. Plant trees.

Did you know that around 357,000 properties in Wales – or about 1 in 6 buildings – are at risk of flooding? And that the natural environment, and trees in particular, can play a huge part in helping absorbing surface water … Continue reading

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Condolences for Wales’ National Tree

You could say that the Pontfadog Oak, which has catastrophically collapsed and died, deserved the title of Wales’ National Tree. A more historic tree would be hard to find. The Welsh Prince Owain Gwynedd rallied his army under this tree … Continue reading

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Caring for God’s trees

Ancient yews, of which there are many in Wales, are often associated with ancient, pre-Christian burial grounds. They hold a particular fascination as a legacy from distant ancestors. Recently Ancient Tree Hunt volunteer verifier, Rob McBride, called by Pennant Melangell, … Continue reading

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Pontbren farmers – a beacon for upland livestock farming

Demands on the land The traditional view of nature conservation, forestry and farming is basically one in which all three are seen as competing and conflicting land uses. This view is unhelpful. Farming not only dominates in terms of land … Continue reading

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5,320 reasons to protect Wales’ ancient and heritage trees

After months of gathering your support for our ‘gnarled and wrinkly’ campaign, yesterday (Wednesday 28 November) our Wales Director, Jerry Langford, our Communications Officer, Rory Francis, and I presented to the Welsh Assembly’s Petitions Committee a 5,320 signature-strong petition about … Continue reading

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