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Mid Wales ‘rewilding’ not stopping farming

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THE UK’S largest ‘rewilding’ scheme has had to reiterate that the project does not intend to stop farming.

O’r Mynydd i’r Môr, or Summit to Sea, is a call for renewal of wildlife in mid Wales, stretching from the Cambrian Mountains, along the Dyfi estuary, and out into Cardigan Bay, with an aim to cover over 10,000 hectares.

Yet the area’s farmers and landowners have questioned the extent of the project, with both Welsh farming unions voicing concerns.

Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales, have insisted that it is not about stopping farming, but instead working with farmers to do positive things such as restoring peat bogs, ancient woodland and planting new areas of native trees in the landscape to act as corridors for wildlife.

The charity is working alongside Rewilding Britain for the project, and is also set to appoint a director.

The charity has managed to secure £3.4m in funding from the Arcadia Fund’s Endangered Landscapes Programme, with the aim of paying farmers and landowners to restore habitats.

Farmers have questioned the absence of consultations, which Coed Cadw have put down to the fact that funding has only recently been secured.

The projects aims for mid-Wales to become even more of a haven for rare flora and fauna, such as the pine marten – which was reintroduced there in 2015.

The red kite and red squirrel have a presence in the area, and Ceredigion is one of only two places in the UK with a permanent presence of bottlenose dolphins.

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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