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Memorandum of Understanding signed

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nrw-522117284THE CROWN ESTATE and Natural Resources Wales have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) underlining their commitment to work in partnership to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably managed in the long term. The Crown Estate is an independent commercial business paying all profit to Government for the benefit of the public finances, and has already been working closely with Natural Resources Wales where there is a shared interest – such as across the offshore renewables sector and rural and coastal developments.

Natural Resources Wales is a Welsh Government Sponsored body, established to ensure that the natural resources and environment of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future. Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate said: “Underlying our work in Wales is a commitment to providing lasting value and taking our responsibilities for natural resources seriously.

“We share Wales’ ambitions to grow the offshore renewables sector and ensure that rural and coastal land is sustainably worked, developed and enjoyed to deliver value over the long term. “We are therefore delighted to sign this agreement with Natural Resources Wales, which strengthens this valuable partnership that will help underpin a sustainable future for Wales and builds upon our existing agreement with the Welsh Government.”

Dr. Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales said: “We have already been working with The Crown Estate on several projects, including the mapping of natural heritage interests for the sustainable development of offshore renewable energy projects. “By working together, we have been able to help The Crown Estate identify the most suitable areas for development that would have the least impacts on Wales’ important habitats, species, protected areas and landscapes.

“We look forward to continuing and developing the partnership with The Crown Estate to ensure that the natural resources and environment of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future.” The memorandum sets out a framework in which the two organisations can work together to achieve mutual objectives.

This includes the principles of open discussion and transparency around areas of common interest; sharing data and information where it may be relevant; and exploring further opportunities to collaborate for mutual and wider benefit. The Crown Estate’s assets in Wales include managing the seabed out to 12 nautical miles, including leases for offshore renewable projects, rural and agricultural land such as two rural estates at Plunlumon and Tinter, and a number of ports, marinas and onshore wind farms.

They are also responsibility for marine aggregate extraction, such as sand and gravel. In south Wales, marine aggregate is particularly important to the construction sector, where more than 80 percent of the sand used in this market is dredged from the sea. Marine aggregates have been used in numerous high profile schemes in Wales including the Conwy Tunnel crossing; Second Severn Crossing; Cardiff Bay Barrage; Holyhead Ferry Terminal and Milford Haven oil terminal. The Crown Estate has a separate Memorandum of Understanding with the Welsh Government to work together to achieve strategic goals, particularly in the emerging renewables sector.

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St David’s Day boost: Pembs creamery launches new Welsh milk price

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PEMBROKESHIRE CREAMERY, which is set to begin production this spring, has used St Davids’ Day to launch its new milk price for Welsh milk.

Using the industry-recognised Liquid Standard Litre the company has announced an April milk price of 38.5 pence per litre.

Pembrokeshire Creamery will be the only liquid milk bottling facility in Wales certified to supply Welsh supermarkets. Ultimately this will be local Welsh milk, produced, processed and distributed from this new development.

Eliminating the need for transporting milk to England for processing, Pembrokeshire Creamery significantly reduces food miles, streamlines the supply chain, creates new skilled jobs in Pembrokeshire, and bolsters local farming communities. This efficiency enables Pembrokeshire Creamery to offer producers who have already committed, and those following the project as it develops, a competitive milk price from April 2024.

Mark McQuade, managing director, Pembrokeshire Creamery said: “It seemed fitting, on St David’s Day, to launch an April milk price for Welsh milk which we hope will be sufficiently competitive to attract farmers from across the region to consider us as a potential customer.

“We will be the only BRC Certified facility to offer Welsh milk that is also bottled in Wales enabling us to offer an authentically Welsh milk supply for Welsh supermarket stores.

“This unique selling point gives Pembrokeshire Creamery, and the farmers who work with us, a strong point of difference in meeting the needs of both retailers and consumers who increasingly value locally-sourced produce,” he said.

The development of Pembrokeshire Creamery has been supported by the Welsh Government and the EU RDP-funded Food Business Investment Scheme. Additional funding has been supplied by HSBC.

(Cover Image: Mark Sinclair)

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Seren shines in shooting sports, breaking records and winning medals

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SEREN THORNE, a young talent from Letterston, has been making waves in the world of 10m air rifle precision shooting. A former student of Ysgol Casblaidd, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, and the sixth form at Haverfordwest’s VC High School, Seren is currently furthering her education in music at Cardiff University. However, it is her achievements in shooting sports that are capturing the nation’s attention.

Seren’s journey in shooting began at the tender age of 8, initially with the pistol as part of her participation in the Pony Club tetrathlon. Her transition to the air rifle in 2020 marked the beginning of an illustrious path in this discipline. Since then, Seren has not only embraced the sport but has excelled at it, demonstrating an exceptional level of precision and composure.

Her hard work and dedication bore fruit in November when she clinched two gold medals at the Welsh Championships. At this event, Seren not only topped the podium but also broke the Welsh and British junior women’s qualification record, setting a new benchmark for aspiring shooters.

However, Seren’s achievements did not stop at the national level. In February, she represented Great Britain at the Junior World Cup in Granada, Spain. There, she added to her medal tally by securing an individual silver medal and breaking the British junior women’s final record. Seren’s success continued as she contributed to a mixed team bronze medal, once again breaking the previous British junior record.

More recently, Seren participated in the British Open Championships, where she was crowned the British junior women’s champion and won the British confined open women’s championship. These victories are a testament to her skill, determination, and the promising future she has in the sport of shooting.

Seren Thorne’s achievements are not just personal victories but also a source of pride for her community in Letterston, her schools, and indeed for the whole of Britain. As she continues to study and train, the nation watches eagerly to see how far this talented young shooter will go.

Seren’s journey in shooting sports is a vivid reminder of the dedication and hard work required to excel at the highest levels, and she is undoubtedly a rising star to keep an eye on in the years to come.

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Detectives investigating the death of boy, 15, near Lampeter

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Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a 15-year-old boy at a location near Lampeter on Friday afternoon (March 1), the force has confirmed.

The family is being supported by specialist officers.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for H.M. Coroner.

The police issued a statement saying: “We are aware of concern in the community, however as an investigation is ongoing we would ask that support is given to the family by not speculating on the circumstances surrounding the death.”

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