Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

Community

Discover meadows on your doorstep on Pembrokeshire Open Meadows Day

Published

on

THE PEMBROKESHIRE COAST NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY is encouraging people to make the most of Pembrokeshire Open Meadows Day on Saturday 2 July, with gates opening to the public across the county to mark National Meadows Day.

More than ten locations are taking part in the event, which is being organised by the Pembrokeshire Meadows Group, which aims to bring together existing and aspiring meadow owners, to connect and share their experiences.

Organisers Clare Wimperis and Nancy Miles said: “The Open Meadows Day is inspired by the Open Gardens scheme and the aim is to encourage visitors to see, smell and explore these precious and important places across Pembrokeshire, some of which are not normally open to visitors.”

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Conservation Officer, Julie Garlick said: “Some of the sites have received help with meadow restoration as part the Park Authority’s Conserving the Park scheme and it’s hoped more people will be inspired to manage their land in a way that promotes biodiversity and support pollinators.

“Visitors can expect to see the meadows at their peak at this time of year as they will be filled with flowers such as yellow rattle, birds-foot trefoil, sorrel, meadow buttercup and ox-eye daisies.

“Some people may even spot orchids such as the heath-spotted and southern marsh orchid. If the day is warm and sunny, there should also be plenty of insects about, such as bumblebees, butterflies and other important pollinators.

“Although the National Park Authority’s meadow at Skrinkle Haven will not be able to take part this year due to road closures for the Long Course Weekend, it is open to the public all year round and provides another opportunity for people to enjoy meadows around them.”

The National Park Authority is a partner in Plantlife’s Magnificent Meadows project, which has spearheaded the creation of the Pembrokeshire Meadows Group.

To find out more about the locations taking part in the Pembrokeshire Open Meadows Day and the Pembrokeshire Meadows Group visit https://pembrokeshiremeadows.co.uk/category/news-events/.

To find out more about the National Park Authority’s Conserving the Park scheme visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/conservation.

Continue Reading

Community

Pembrokeshire Lane Blighted by Illegal Dumping Incident

Published

on

OVER a dozen large plastic vegetable oil drums along with assorted rubbish were discovered discarded along a rural lane in Pembrokeshire, sparking outrage amongst local residents. The unsightly scene, strewn with 15l and 20l drums and accompanying cardboard packaging, was first noticed by Councillor Di Clements near her farm residence, spanning across the road between Martletwy and Minwear.

Upon the unsightly discovery, Councillor Clements undertook an immediate investigation into the debris, sifting through the detritus in hopes of uncovering any clues that might lead to the identification of those responsible. The presence of numerous black bin liners containing smaller containers suggested the waste originated from a food service establishment. It is believed that the rubbish was illicitly deposited sometime between 4 pm on Sunday, 25th February, and the early hours of 6:30 am on Monday.

Prompt action was taken by Councillor Clements, who reported the incident to Pembrokeshire Council. The council’s swift response was commended by Clements, as a waste advisor was quickly dispatched to the scene to further investigate the matter. By Monday afternoon, the council had successfully cleared the debris.

Councillor Clements is currently appealing to the public for any information regarding suspicious activities that could lead to the identification of the perpetrator, who she suspects may be a repeat offender in the area. Expressing her dismay, Clements remarked, “I am extremely disappointed to see this and I can’t believe someone would do this.”

The council and Councillor Clements extend their gratitude to those involved in the prompt cleanup and urges anyone with information to come forward.

Continue Reading

Community

Local woman honours brother’s memory by planting trees at school

Published

on

VHARI RUSSELL, founder of Creating Nature’s Corridors charity, led a tree-planting initiative at a school in Roch village, commemorating her late brother Rory Bernays from Pelcomb Cross.

Russell, driven by a profound sense of purpose following her brother’s untimely passing, established the charity with a mission to address the pressing issue of climate change by planting trees. Her dedication culminated in a significant milestone as she spearheaded the planting of 1,000 trees and hedging plants at her nephew and niece’s school on Friday, the 22nd of February.

The event, held at the heart of Roch village, witnessed an inspiring collaboration between students, parents, and teachers, as they united to expand the existing woodland and establish a new hedgerow within the school grounds. Mr. Evans, the headmaster, expressed his gratitude for the generous donation, emphasizing the joyous atmosphere as students enthusiastically participated in the planting activities.

“We are delighted to have been given this gift of over 1,000 plants,” remarked Mr. Evans. “The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves planting on Friday. It’s a wonderful legacy to have created, and our school is very lucky to have such supportive parents to make the playground such a wonderful haven for nature and students alike.”

For Russell, the initiative holds deep personal significance, as it honours her brother’s love for nature and his commitment to instilling the same passion in his children. Reflecting on the experience, Russell highlighted the importance of planting trees at her nephew and niece’s school, following previous endeavours at the Pelcombcross community playground.

“Rory loved the great outdoors and always encouraged his children to enjoy it, so it was really important to me that we planted at Ozzy & Aoife’s school,” Russell remarked. “It was such fun planting at the school; many children had never planted a tree before, and the delight on their faces was magical.”

The initiative not only serves as a testament to Russell’s dedication to environmental conservation but also embodies a poignant tribute to her brother’s memory, ensuring that his legacy lives on through the flourishing greenery at local community spaces.

For further information, readers are encouraged to visit Creating Nature’s Corridors.

Continue Reading

Community

Voting made easy in new video with Pembrokeshire Supported Employment Programme

Published

on

A new video has been created in partnership with Pembrokeshire Supported Employment Programme (PSEP) to illustrate how accessible voting can be for all. 

Pembrokeshire County Council Electoral Services has been working hard to ensure that everyone who wants to vote has access to all the information they need to do so, whether that be via postal vote or in person at a polling station.

The skills of film graduate Aeran Hopewell, currently working with the PSEP, were put to good use as they shot and edited the video featuring colleagues Kath Brookes and James Pugh, along with Electoral Services and Communications team members.

The video provides a run through of how to vote, including the need for photo ID in some elections, and aims to reassure anyone who has concerns about voting at a polling station.

It demonstrates that the process is straightforward and that there are always people on hand to assist when needed. 

It will be available to watch on the Council’s YouTube as well as being shared among support, community and access groups around Pembrokeshire and with other Local Authority partners.

Member Champion for people with learning disabilities at Pembrokeshire County Council Cllr Alistair Cameron said: “It is vital to address the barriers some face when it comes to voting in person and this excellent film, created with the input of those people we hope will benefit, goes some way to reassuring everyone that there is always help on hand.”

Returning Officer Will Bramble added: “The upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election is the first time registered voters in Wales will need to show photo ID so it is fantastic to see this video explaining the process and it will hopefully encourage more people to head to their polling stations.”

Continue Reading

Farming3 hours ago

Thousands of farmers descend on Cardiff to say: ‘Enough is enough!’

THOUSANDS of farmers and supporters converged outside the Senedd in Cardiff, Wales, to voice their strong opposition to the Welsh...

Business4 hours ago

McDonald’s thanks Milford Haven after a busy first day

MC DONALD’S new restaurant in Milford Haven, which opened its doors for the first time today, February 28th, at 11am,...

Farming1 day ago

Police ask farmers not to bring tractors to Cardiff Bay protest

SOUTH WALES police said today that they are aware of a planned protest being held in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday,...

Crime2 days ago

Four-hour standoff ends in arrest after Gould fires ‘BB-gun’ at cops

A TENSE four-hour standoff ensued in Milford Haven, triggered by a 34-year-old man firing a BB gun at officers, Swansea...

Charity3 days ago

Communities in the west are some of the best – according to Ogi

WEST is definitely best, according to Ogi, Wales’s leading alternative broadband provider. Since starting its ambitious full fibre broadband rollout...

Charity3 days ago

Oxfam shop in faces closure over asbestos removal costs

HAVERFORDWEST’S popular Oxfam shop, a feature on the high street since 1987, is threatened with closure due to the prohibitive...

News5 days ago

Pembrokeshire couple win fight to stay in their home of 38 years

A CALL to allow a couple to keep living at a south Pembrokeshire dwelling, put in potential jeopardy as they...

News5 days ago

Sanctuary which saved 53 pigs from ‘horror farm’ to lose buildings

RETROSPETIVE plans for buildings at a Ceredigion animal sanctuary, which housed more than 50 pigs rescued from harrowing conditions at...

News5 days ago

County Council opposition group grows as Milford councillor joins

THE OFFICIAL opposition to Pembrokeshire County Council’s ruling group has seen yet another councillor cross the floor to join, the...

Farming1 week ago

Farmers protest as Drakeford arrives to open engineering centre

PROTESTS erupted as First Minister Mark Drakeford arrived at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhyl, to inaugurate a new engineering centre. Approximately 200...

Popular This Week