Seedy Sunday

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Feb 192018

Abergavenny’s eighth Seedy Sunday will be at the Park Street Community Centre on 11 March (11am – 3pm).  Swap seeds and plants or donate for new seeds, buy new trees and shrubs, or tools to help Aficans, learn about batteries for renewable energy, bees, plastic waste, and volunteering at the Community Orchard or Incredible Edibles.  Refreshments and family fun.

New Planning Policy Wales Consultation

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Feb 142018

Following on from recent legislative changes in Wales, the Welsh Government has extensively reworked Planning Policy Wales to put place-making at the heart of planning policy. This is to ensure that the planning system can make its maximum contribution to the 7 Well-being Goals whilst embracing the 5 ways of working. Planning policy is being revised in a number of key areas including housing, energy, the environment and transport.

Please visit to access the consultation version of Edition 10 of PPW, along with a consultation paper with questions to guide you through the document.  Public consultation on this new version of PPW will run until 18 May.


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Feb 142018

The M4 relief road issue will be debated on BBC One Wales tonight at 10.30pm.  CALM contributing.

Canal Study to Consider Restoration

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Feb 092018

Boats could be brought back to a disused part of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal as part of an estimated £65m restoration project over 10 years. The Canal and River Trust in partnership with local authorities wants to reopen the waterway between Five Locks in Cwmbran, to Barrack Hill in Newport, as well as the Cwmcarn branch. It could also be extended to meet the River Usk at Crindau, Newport, where a marina could be built.  Such plans are not new – GreenWeb recalls similar proposals over 25 years ago.

The Trust wants to employ consultants who will need to consider how 16 major crossings, such as bridges, and 22 minor crossings and obstructions would affect the reopening of the canal to boats. Andrew Stumpf, head of the Canal and River Trust in Wales, said the project would revitalise the canal network, act as a catalyst for attracting investment and boost wildlife on the water.

Park Needs Volunteers

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Feb 072018

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority are currently recruiting volunteers to work within the Park.  The Upland Conservation Volunteers undertake conservation and ecology work to help restore internationally important habitats and also carry out basic maintenance of upland Scheduled Ancient Monuments within the Black Mountains. The volunteers are currently undertaking an Upland Peat restoration project in the Black Mountains, working closely with the £1m Sustainable Management Scheme Project recently granted to the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.  Upland Path Volunteers work within the Black Mountains and Eastern Central Beacons undertaking essential maintenance and repairs of the upland paths using traditional skills to ensure our paths are in good order for everyone to use.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jason Rees Project Co-ordinator –

Major M4 Scheme Objector Backs Down

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Feb 022018

One of the main objectors to the building of the M4 relief road, Associate British Ports, is set to formally withdraw its opposition to the plans following the government’s decision to fund improvements at Newport Docks, owned by the company.

Wentwood Project Accredited

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Jan 262018

In a Western Mail feature yesterday, Diane McCrea, chairman of NRW, welcomed the accreditation of a restoration project at Wentwood Forest under the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative.  QCC will create a Commonwealth-wide network of indigenous forest conservation projects, helping to address climate change.  NRW is collaborating with the Woodland Trust, the local community and other stakeholders at Wentwood to restore the woodland to a more natural state with many well-being benefits.  Conifer planting dating back to the 1800s will be gradually converted to native broadleaves.

News from MMG

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Jan 242018

Monmouthshire Meadows Group inform us that on Sunday 18 February, there is a Local Wildlife Site Landowner Morning run by Gwent Wildlife Trust, at Llanishen Village Hall, from 9.30am to around 1pm.  All MMG members are welcome to attend, whether or not you own a designated Local Wildlife Site, and it looks like an interesting programme with speakers on otters, orchard conservation, adders, and the UK National Tree Seed Project as well as general updates on the LWS scheme.  The programme is on the MMG web site here including a link to the directions page on the hall’s web site.  There’s no fee but please book in advance by contacting Andy Karran, or call 01600 740600.

If you didn’t catch MMG’s chair on TV the other week the programme is still available to see on iPlayer (for a week or so before it disappears)