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Welsh Government's Sustainable Management Scheme contributes £1m to restore and protect peatlands in Wales

Wales has over 70,000 hectares of peatland and most of these are blanket bogs in the uplands. Now it has been announced that important peatlands across the whole of Wales are to receive £1m in funding to help restoration and protection. The Mawndiroedd Cymru scheme is a joint venture between the Snowdonia National Park Authority, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Natural Resources Wales and the National Trust, along with other strategic organisations. 

Actions of Spanish state in Catalonia “reprehensible” and majority of European leaders "spinelessness" says Welsh MP

Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales) Member of the UK parliament for Arfon has condemned the actions of the Spanish state and criticised European political leaders for their slow or lack of reactions to the events in Catalonia last Sunday. Travelling back from Catalonia, where he had been acting as an international commentator, he described the actions of the Spanish state against peaceful voters as “reprehensible.”

Accusation that Wales is being turned into a penal colony for English prisoners

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Prison Reform, has claimed that Wales has become a dumping ground for English prisoners. She pointed out that the HMP Berwyn super prison in Wrexham, has less than 10% of the current inmates who are Welsh. A large 1,600 capacity category C prison on Baglan Moors, Port Talbot, South Wales is  also now also planned. As reported in the Welsh newspaper the Daily Post she said: "If there is going to be this money spent in Wales it should be spent on social issues and crime prevention.”

Welsh and Irish launch Irish Sea and Celtic Sea study into the health of fish stocks

Scientists in Wales and Ireland are taking part in a new £4.8 million pound (€5.5m) project to study the effects of climate change on the Irish Sea and Celtic Sea. The project known as Bluefish will study the health of fish stocks in the Irish Sea over the next three years. It will also study the migratory movement of commercial fish and the risks from new non-native species.

Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood condemns Spanish Government actions in Catalonia

Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood has condemned the Spanish Government repression in Catalonia, saying: “In a democratic country it is crucial that citizens are able to debate the future of their nation.

"The Catalan people are asking only for a vote on their nation’s future and for the Spanish Government to respond with threats and repression falls far short of modern democratic standards.

Welsh MP's stance against the ivory trade and campaign to save elephants welcomed

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): "On average around 55 elephants are poached every day in Africa, that's one every 25 minutes. This appalling slaughter continues due to the global demand for ivory, with the majority of elephant tusks smuggled by criminals to Asia, despite an international trade ban." 

Celebrations to mark Owain Glyndŵr Day

Celebrations to mark Owain Glyndŵr Day took place throughout Wales last week. He was the last person to legitimately hold the title Prince of Wales. Owain Glyndŵr (c.1349-c.1416) was the leader of a Welsh revolt against English rule between 1400 and 1409. He created the first Welsh parliament at Machynlleth in 1404 and 16th September 2017 marked 617 years since he raised his standard against the English invaders.

City of London's first Welsh language film

With thanks to Gwyn Richards for drawing our attention to the City of London first film in the Welsh language (Dinas sy'n Ffynnu: Wyneb newidiol Dinas Llundain) on its Youtube channel.


Victory for campaigners as Welsh government scraps plans for 'insulting' Iron Ring sculpture

Today, a joint statement released by the Welsh Government and Flintshire town and county councils, said the plan to build an Iron Ring sculpture at Flint Castle will be scrapped. It is a major victory for campaigners who described the proposed Iron Ring as symbolising a system used to subjugate and oppress the Welsh people. Plaid Cymru's North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd, had described the sculpture, which celebrated the conquest of Wales by Edward I, as "inappropriate and insulting".

Hedd Wyn and "The Eisteddfod of the Black Chair"

Ellis Humphrey Evans was born at Yr Ysgwrn, the family farm in Trawsfynydd, in 1887. Better known by his bardic name Hedd Wyn (Welsh for Blessed Peace) he composed his first poem by the age of eleven. He worked with his father on the family hill farm from the age of 14 and wrote much of his poetry when working there as a shepherd. His talent for poetry became increasingly known and he took part in competitions and local eisteddfodau. He won his first chair (Cadair y Bardd) in Bala, at the age of 20 in 1907.


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