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Village benefits from hedge-laying help

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village benefitsVOLUNTEERS learned traditional hedge-laying skills to transform field boundaries in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park village of Marloes during National Tree Week.

The Park Authority’s Voluntary Wardens joined villagers to work on a hedge near the clock tower on Thursday, and next week they will be transforming an overgrown hedge at the Recreational Area.

National Park Ranger Hayley Barrett led the group, with help from Marloes resident and former Ranger Malcolm Cullen. The first session took place during National Tree Week, which is organised annually by The Tree Council, encouraging organisations and individuals around the UK to do something positive for their local trees and hedgerows.

Hayley said: “Hedge-laying is a traditional way of maintaining the hedge to create a secure boundary – in the past it would have been to keep livestock in or out.

“But it is also an excellent way of extending the life of the hedge. By cutting it at the bottom and creating a hedge using living, laid branches, it encourages new growth – it’s the same method we would use for coppicing trees.”

Hayley added: “It was a beautiful, calm day so it was great to be outside in the National Park learning a traditional conservation skill. Anyone who would like to have a go themselves – and help us to conserve the Park – is welcome to join us next time.”

The next hedge-laying session is at 10am on Thursday December 5th, meeting at Marloes Recreational Area.

Email [email protected] for more details.

The National Park Authority has its own Pembrokeshire Tree Wardens scheme in association with The Tree Council.

The scheme provides practical training to help in the care of local trees and to encourage community involvement through projects with local schools and groups.

To become a Tree Warden in Pembrokeshire you do not need specific skills, just a love of trees. To get involved call Mike Higgins or Celia Thomas on 0845 345 7275 or email [email protected]

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Changes to housing scheme once feared to have been sold to Birmingham backed

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Amendments to previously-granted plans for a Pembrokeshire housing estate, which was once feared to have been sold off to Birmingham City Council, have been given the go-ahead.

Back in 2022, Wales and West Housing and construction partners Jones Brothers (Henllan) Ltd were granted permission by Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee for a 50-home social housing estate on land off Maesgwynne Lane, Fishguard.

That permission, subject to the completion of a S106 planning obligation, was finalised in early 2023.

The 1.7-hectare site is being developed into a mixture of one-bedroom flats, one-bedroom bungalows, two, three and four bedroom houses.

Since then, rumours surfaced that the development had been sold off to Birmingham City Council for overflow housing, dismissed by the developers as having “no truth whatsoever”.

Wales & West Housing rubbished the claims saying that they are completely untrue.

“There is no truth whatsoever in this rumour,” a spokesperson for Wales & West Housing said earlier this year.

“We are very much continuing our development of the site off Maesgwynne Lane. We’re working with our construction partners Jones Brothers (Henllan) Ltd to build 50 new homes for affordable rent on the site, as approved by Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee.

“The development is being funded by Wales & West Housing in partnership with Pembrokeshire Council and Welsh Government.

“When it’s finished, we’ll be working with Pembrokeshire County Council to let them to local people who are most in need of homes they can afford to rent.”

Birmingham City Council added at the time: “This is not something we are aware of here, so it appears to be an inaccurate rumour.”

Amendments to the previously-granted scheme were recently submitted to county planners by Jones Brothers (Henllan) Ltd, with minor changes to roofing and other visual alterations.

In approving the amendments, a report for planners stated: “The proposed amendments are not so significant as to have a greater impact than the approved scheme; there will be no detrimental impact visually or in terms of local amenity; no third-party interests would be disadvantaged; and there will be no conflict with national or development plan policies.”

The amendments were conditionally approved.  

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Mayor welcomes luxury cruise ship as it visits Milford Haven

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THE LUXURY vessel Star Legend, part of the Windstar Cruises fleet, made a call at the Port of Milford Haven on Wednesday (Jun 12), with its next destination set for Portsmouth on June 14.

Dignitaries, including The Mayor, went on board the vessel to welcome it into port.

Milford Haven Town Council said on Facebook: “The Mayor – Cllr William Elliott and Consort – Mr Lloyd Jones had the pleasure of welcoming passengers off the cruise ship Star Legend, with the Port of Milford Haven.

“The cruise ship is currently being charted with a two week voyage around the British Isles on a cycling tour with the passengers mainly from the US or Canada.

“Delighted to be invited onboard for a tour of the ship and to meet the Captain and Crew.
Have a lovely day in the lovely weather!”

Windstar Cruises is embarking on its largest agent ship schedule in the UK and Ireland this summer. Both of the company’s Star Class yachts, Star Legend and Star Pride, will offer up to 450 places for trade partners between June and August. The ships will visit 11 different ports across the UK and Ireland. The programme includes tours of the respective yachts and brief business updates from the Windstar team.

Augustus Lonsdale, Windstar Cruises’ Head of Sales for the UK & Ireland, commented: “After the success of last year’s ship visit programme, when we welcomed over 250 agents onboard, I’m delighted that so many UK agents will have the chance to come onboard Star Legend and Star Pride this year.

“Windstar Cruises is fully committed to the UK, especially after a record start to the year, and we are continuing to increase sales and visibility within this important market.

“This expanded ship visit programme provides our trade partners with a great opportunity to experience a taste of Windstar’s ‘180 Degrees from Ordinary’ experience for themselves – which will, in turn, help them sell the product.”

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Coastwatch celebrates 30th anniversary with Relay Flag Event

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THE National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a relay flag event, highlighting the charity’s crucial role in coastal safety. The event, which took place at the Wooltack Point station, was attended by notable figures, including Stephen Crabb MP and the Mayor of Milford Haven, Councillor William Elliott.

Stephen Crabb MP expressed his gratitude to the NCI for their invitation to join the celebrations and praised the volunteers for their dedicated service. “A special anniversary flag is travelling around the UK coast in a station-to-station relay to highlight the excellent work of the charity in helping to save lives around the coast,” Crabb stated. Reflecting on past efforts, he recalled working with local campaign groups in 2011 to prevent the closure of Milford Haven Coastguard Station, a decision that saved 23 jobs and maintained a vital service for the community.

The Mayor of Milford Haven, Cllr William Elliott, also attended the event, acknowledging the importance of the NCI’s work. He commented on the collaborative efforts that made the relay possible and the significance of the flag relay in promoting coastal safety.

The flag, symbolising the NCI’s commitment to safeguarding coastal areas, arrived at Mackerel Quay, Milford Marina, around midday. The event saw the flag being transferred aboard a Dyfed-Powys Police Marine Unit Rib to Martins Haven, where it was then carried to the station by the Dale Coastguard Rescue Team.

Station Manager Haydn Evans spoke about the excellent work of the volunteers at Wooltack Point, who serve as the “eyes and ears” along the Pembrokeshire coast. The relay flag’s journey around the UK serves as a tribute to the dedication and hard work of all NCI volunteers.

The celebrations underscored the vital role that both the Milford Coastguard Station and the voluntary Coastwatch Station at Wooltack Point play in ensuring the safety of local residents and visitors throughout the year. The event not only marked a significant milestone for the NCI but also highlighted the continued importance of community and collaboration in coastal safety.

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