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bbc attentionSTUDENTS from Pembrokeshire College, Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Portfield School recently found themselves featuring on the well-known BBC Countryfile programme as part of their John Muir Discover Award.

In early January members of the John Muir Discover Award team met at the Iron Age fort, Castell Henllys, to carry out an important conservation task and participate in filming for an upcoming BBC Countryfile programme.

The group, made up of students from Portfield School in Haverfordwest, Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Pembrokeshire College’s Health Science course had been meeting weekly since September 2013 to pursue the John Muir Discover Award, which they all successfully completed in December of last year.

The award, delivered by Mark Bond of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, required the students to spend numerous days visiting various “Wild Places” around the county where they explored and conserved the environment whilst sharing the experiences gained. The group participated in beach, river, upland and woodland based sessions where they formed a real connection with nature and contributed to some important conservation projects around the county.

When the BBC Countryfile team heard about the group’s experiences they decided to come and film them for their programme. The task for the day was to mend the walls of the Iron Age Round Houses at Castell Henllys. This involved the students following the historic method of daubing a special mix of clay, straw and cow manure onto the walls.

It was an extremely mucky job but it was met with the levels of enthusiasm and determination that the group has become known for. The students took turns producing the mix, ferrying barrow-loads of it around the ancient village and daubing in on the walls. A huge effort meant that the largest among the roundhouses at Castell Henllys was entirely re-daubed and it looked very impressive as the sun shone down onto the fort near Newport.

Working with the BBC was a wonderful experience for the young people who were also interviewed by Countryfile host Ellie Harrison about the task they had undertaken.

Your Park Discovery Ranger Mark Bond had this to say in tribute to his group: “It has been a fantastic project to be involved with from start to finish.

This is a quite exceptional group of young people who quickly grasped the meaning and potential of this John Muir Award and made lasting connections, not only with the natural world but also with themselves and each other. It’s so fitting that the project ended with a task such as this, and having the BBC come and celebrate what we’ve achieved was just the icing on the cake.”

The episode was aired on BBC1 on January 26 and can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/SasXTx0_NII

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Herald publisher ceases operations

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HERALD NEWS UK LTD, the company which prints The Pembrokeshire Herald, The Carmarthenshire Herald and The Llanelli Herald has ceased operations.

Editor of Pembrokeshire Herald, Thomas Sinclair said: “After finalising today’s paper to go to print yesterday, a meeting was held last night. It was confirmed that the expected further investor funding would not be made available for the company.

“This meant that operations need be halted as the businesses was not able to pay its ongoing costs.

“At 10am today the 24 members of staff working at the newspaper have today been given notice of redundancy.

“We are absolutely devastated that after nearly 7 years and hundreds of editions of the paper we can no longer continue.”

“I would like to think that over those years, some of the stories we have written have made a difference to Pembrokeshire and beyond.”

Director of Herald News UK Limited, John Hammond said: “The company accountant could be appointing administrators as soon as next week.”

“The Owners of The Pembrokeshire Herald came to the conclusion last night during a finance meeting that the venture is no longer financially viable.

“Whilst every conceivable effort has been made to improve the financial situation of the business, we have to face the fact that there is no way that we can now continue in a solvent position.

“Whilst there has been a slow decline in readership of local newspapers, our costs for wages, printing and transport have substantially increased.”

“We would like to thank all of our loyal readers and staff.”

Community: Herald titles were campaigning newspapers

Popular: 45,000 people read Herald titles each week in west Wales

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Crocodiles to appear at Folly Farm in early 2020

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A PAIR of crocodiles is set to join the Folly Farm family and be shown off in a new enclosure. The West African Dwarf crocodiles will take their place in the Tropical Trails exhibit next February.

The fascinating reptiles are classified as vulnerable due to being hunted for their meat and having their habitats destroyed. The crocs are labelled as ‘dwarf’ in name only, as both are over five foot long at 29 years old. Folly Farm is re-homing them from Drayton Manor Park, their home for several years, as it is currently renovating its crocodile enclosures.

The female of the duo was caught in the wild as part of the illegal pet trade and seized by customs whilst her male companion was captive-bred at Barcelona Zoo. The two crocs will join sloths, bats and snakes in the Tropical Trails enclosure.

Folly Farm’s zoo curator, Tim Morphew, said: “Tropical Trails seeks to highlight the issues of habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade, so these new additions will be a flagship species for the conservation messages we’re trying to deliver. We’re designing the enclosure to replicate the swampy, forest habitats in Africa with plenty of glass viewing windows so our visitors will get a good view of these powerful creatures.”

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Community Engagement Event in Narberth

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A PART of the roll out of information about the Household Waste and Recycling Changes, Pembrokeshire County Council will have information and advice for local residents.  It is a chance to find out about:

  • Reusable Nappy Scheme
  • Absorbent Hygiene Product collections (AHP’s)
  • Availability of assisted collections
  • Kerbside Sort – New method and new containers
  • Additional recyclable household items
  • Text alerts for collection days

There will also be plans on show of the current active travel routes in Narberth and residents will be able to discuss and comment on how they work for the town and how they could be improved whilst planning for the future.

An officer from Sustrans, the Sustainable Transport Charity, will also demonstrate what has been done so far with the multi user route from Narberth to Haverfordwest and what plans there are for the future.

Cllr. Vic Dennis said

“All 3 of these pieces of work are part of the local efforts to reduce carbon and improve our environment, along with helping us to access and enjoy our environment.  I am delighted that we have staff from County Hall here to advise and answer questions as well as listen to local people.

The roll out for the new recycling and waste collection is planned for 4th November so it will be very timely to have this information available before then.  Join us in the Sports Hall at Bloomfield Community Centre, Narberth between 1-4pm on Weds 23rd October 2019.

I hope that residents from the surrounding area will also take the opportunity to join us to find out more.”

This is a part of a wide information campaign so look out for further information in the press, on social media and on the website at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-changes

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