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Friday, July 19, 2024

Extra rangers to help visitors to Horseshoe Falls this summer


* Extra countryside rangers will be in place at Llangollen's Horseshoe Falls.

Denbighshire County Council and the Clwydian Range and Dee valley National Landscapes are reminding visitors to park responsibly while visiting countryside attractions this summer.

Visitors looking to enjoy countryside hotspots around the Dee Valley and Clwydian Ranges are urged to plan ahead before travelling into the areas.

A number of preparations have already been made for an increase in traffic into the area as the summer holidays get underway.

Extra countryside rangers will be in place at areas including Llangollen’s Horseshoe Falls, Moel Famau and Loggerheads Country Park to provide support and information for visitors.

Civil enforcement officers will also be monitoring sites, especially at predicated peak busy time.

Visitors coming into the Llangollen area on a Saturday can now use the Dee Valley Picturesque Bus which provides a circular route running every Saturday until August 30, linking Llangollen and the surrounding villages to Horseshoe Falls and popular local attractions including Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wenffrwd Nature Reserve, Valle Crucis Abbey, Plas Newydd Historic House and the Horseshoe Pass.

The service will enable visitors and residents to visit and explore these locations without the need of having to constantly find car parking spaces at the sites.

Stops include Llangollen Pavilion where there is ample parking to leave vehicles for the day.

A series of measures have also been introduced at Moel Famau to relieve congestion in the area including double yellow lines, additional parking spaces and road side parking provision to improve visitor flow.

Visitors are also urged to respect the countryside and be sensible by parking responsibly, not littering and only riding bikes on permitted routes.

If the weather is fine over the period, people ae urged not to have BBQ’s, camping stoves or campfires on moorland areas because of the significant risk of fire. Bring a picnic rather than a BBQ and take all litter home with you.

Councillor Alan James, Denbighshire Cabinet Lead Member for Local Development and Planning, said: “We want people to enjoy the great outdoor attractions we have to offer but also remind them that parking restrictions are important for both road safety and ensuring there is a fair turnover of parking spaces. Anyone not complying with parking restrictions risk receiving a Penalty Charge Notice from civil enforcement officers.

“Our rangers are working every weekend to provide advice and guidance to visitors coming to the site and I would ask that the public also respect the role they are there to carry out.

“Please plan your day in advance, try to use facilities such as the Dee Valley bus to travel on which will save parking spaces and make sure you have other options planned for visiting and parking if you cannot stop at your first choice of venue as our fantastic area has plenty of attractions to visit."

Ysgol Dinas Bran celebrates its latest eco award success


* Staff and students at Ysgol Dinas Bran with their latest Platinum Eco Award.

Ysgol Dinas Bran has announced its successful application for the Platinum Eco Award.

This is the highest level award given to schools for their environmental work and only a few secondary schools in North Wales have it.

In a post of its Facebook page the school says: "We have to submit an action plan and a case study each year involving a new initiative to regain the award, so after six successful awards this does get more challenging, which makes the award again this year all the more pleasing.

"Catrin the awarding officer stated: 'It was very interesting to read about the partnership project to raise awareness about the Llangollen Whitebeam, as well as to plant more of the trees locally. I was also pleased to see from your evaluated action plan how a range of other targets have been successful this year.

"'I am delighted to confirm that you have retained your Platinum Eco-Schools status and wish you every success with this year’s projects. Maintaining the Eco-Schools Platinum status is a fantastic achievement. The school, staff and pupils, should feel proud of their hard work and commitment.'"

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Police witness appeal after serious collision in Glyndyrdwy

North Wales Police have made an appeal for witnesses following a serious collision on the A5 at Glyndyrdwy earlier today (Thursday) in which a motorcyclist sustained serious injuries. 

In a statement they say: "A motorcyclist has sustained serious injuries following a road traffic collision on the A5 in Glyndyfrdwy between Corwen and Llangollen.

" At 11:52 on Thursday, 18 July 2024, we were informed of a two-vehicle collision involving a silver Toyota Granvia and a red BMW RT motorcycle. 

" The rider, a 78 year-old-man, was taken via air ambulance to the Royal University Stoke Hospital where he remains under treatment.

" The road is closed for initial collision investigation and we will further update when the road is re-opened."

Sergeant Alun Jones of the Roads Crime Unit is appealing for witnesses. 

He said:  “We are urging anybody who may have witnessed the collision, or anybody who may have been travelling near this location and who may have dash cam footage, to contact us."

"Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at the Roads Crime Unit, either via the website or by calling 101, quoting reference number Q104866."

Railway line blocked after person struck by train, says report

UPDATE: IT IS UNDERSTOOD THE INCIDENT IS OVER AND NORMAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN RESUMED




North Wales Live is reporting this morning (Thursday) that a railway line is blocked after a person was struck by a train. Police have shut Station Road in Preesgweene, near Weston Rhyn, on the border with Wrexham, following the incident.

* For the full story, see: https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-updates-railway-line-blocked-29564055?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR39o5640CMOGCdj7VAaOfdD9hjDx9J-Fgr0qGN61U0qsY2TJxyqfBcsnl8_aem_thvDlKiQ9qYuP1sUovEvLg 

County council's latest roadworks alerts

Latest roadworks alerts from Denbighshire County Council are:

A539

O/S NUMBER 23

MILL STREET

18/07/2024

19/07/2024

Gwaith Dwr / Water Works HAFREN DYFRDWY

A539

OPPOSITE OERNANT UCHAF, HORSESHOE PASS

HORSESHOE PASS

25/07/2024

25/07/2024

Gwaith BT/ BT Works GT WILLIAMS

A542

BACHE MILL ROAD....SIDE OF WHITEGATE

BACHE MILL ROAD

17/07/2024

19/07/2024

Adnewyddu Polyn / Renew Pole GT WILLIAMS

A539

A542 - Upper Crust Cafe to Brittannia Inn

HORSESHOE PASS

15/07/2024

19/07/2024

Lladd Gwair/ Grass Cutting LEVERETT CONTRACTING 

Update on plan for National Park in this area

 

* From left, Gareth Ludkin (Campaign for National Parks), Caroline Conway (CPRW), John Roberts (Friends of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley) in Carrog in the current National Landscape on the River Dee.

A joint statement, led by Campaign for National Parks and signed by 18 organisations including the Alliance for Welsh Designated Landscapes, RSPB Cymru, WWF and National Trust, has been released ahead of an expected public consultation on plans for a new National Park in North East Wales this autumn.

The statement calls on Welsh Government to set high ambitions for the proposed area with a supporting framework that will enable a new National Park, the first to be designated in Wales in over 60 years, to be an exemplar in the UK.

In meeting the multiple challenges facing Wales, including the nature and climate emergencies and increasing pressure on rural communities, the statement recommends a series of actions which will enable a new National Park to fulfil its purposes and thrive. These include:

  1. An emphasis on species recovery, climate change and a boundary which considers the full diversity of habitats and species present in the area. There should be targeted support for farmers and land managers in the area and an emphasis on nature recovery. 
  1. A commitment to new and ongoing funding at a level which will enable the new National Park to achieve its full potential whilst ensuring that there are no detrimental impacts on the existing National Parks in Wales. 
  1. Maintaining economic and social resilience for local communities. The new National Park will be an area where people live and work. The small towns, villages and communities within it must be supported to retain resilience, Welsh heritage and sustainability. 
  1. Modernised governance arrangements which ensure that those involved in making decisions about the new National Park have the necessary skills and are representative of both local communities and the wider population of Wales.  

Gareth Ludkin, Senior Policy Officer at Campaign for National Parks said: “We welcome proposals for a new National Park in North East Wales and believe this is a once in a generation opportunity for Wales to create a truly exemplar National Park that leads the way for the rest of the UK.

We want to see a new National Park which can tackle the dual climate and nature crises of today whilst also taking hold of the opportunity to build resilient communities, manage visitor pressures and innovate for the future health and wellbeing of Wales and the UK.”

Caroline Conway from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to model the way we would like to see all designated landscapes managed, and can act as a bridgehead to further expansion of existing national parks and national landscapes.”

Friends of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Chair, Martyn Holland, commented: “Friends are keen to see the opportunity taken to enhance and protect the special landscape in our area, with biodiversity and nature recovery to the fore. We welcome the emphasis that this must be done whilst maintaining the resilience and sustainability of local communities.”

Natural Resources Wales, the organisation leading work on the new National Park, has just released an Engagement Period Report which highlights a number of key opportunities as well as concerns which were raised during a period of public engagement in November 2023.

With attention now turning to the consultation in the autumn, the signatories are keen to ensure their joint statement is used to strengthen the proposals and create a truly transformative National Park.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Work to take place in Lower Dee Mill Park this weekend


* Lower Dee Mill Park where work has been going on. 

Some noise and disruption will result this weekend from the latest move to get part of the Four Great Highways scheme finished, according to the project team.

The scheme aims to enhance the landscape and improve accessibility, interpretation and signage in Llangollen.

The project is part of investment by the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund that was secured through a joint application between Denbighshire County Council and Wrexham County Borough Council for the Clwyd South Constituency. 

The application was supported by former MP for the area Simon Baynes and £3.8 million was allocated to Denbighshire to invest in the communities of Llangollen, Llantysilio, Corwen and surrounding areas.

In their latest update, issued this afternoon (Wednesday), the project team says: "The project has experienced a delay due to unexpected ground conditions in the area.  

"The delivery of the steel from R&R has unfortunately also been delayed due to issues at the supplier’s end, which have been out of the Contractor’s control.

"In order to mitigate some of the time lost, the steel supplier has requested to work in Lower Dee Mill Park this weekend (Saturday & Sunday).  

"This will involve loading the steel from Mill Street car park, moving it to the park and lifting it into position.  There will be some noise and disruption, but this will be kept to a minimum.

"A letter drop informing residents and businesses within the vicinity will be completed either later today or tomorrow by OBR and the OBR Works Manager will be on site both days to supervise the work should anyone have any queries or concerns."

Police renew appeal for missing man Anthony


* A picture issued by police of the missing Anthony.

North Wales Police have renewed their appeal for information to help find a man named Anthony who has been missing in the Chirk and Acrefair are since earlier this month.

In a statement they say: "We have grave concerns for the 62-year-old, who was reported missing on Wednesday, July 3rd.

"Searches were carried out by the Underwater Search Team along the Chirk Aqueduct on Monday, July 8th and Wednesday, July 10th after his belongings were discovered near to the canal on July 7th.

"Further searches by specialist officers have continued since in areas between Chirk and Acrefair to help locate Anthony.

"The last confirmed eyewitness sighting of him was in Acrefair cemetery between 6.30pm and 7pm on Monday, July 1st.

"Anthony is described to be around 5ft10, of a large build, has short grey hair with a moustache."

Yesterday, Inspector Matt Subacchi said: “Anthony has now been missing for 15 days and we have serious concerns for his welfare.

“Anyone who thinks they might have seen him after 7pm on Monday, July 1st, is urged to get in touch with us.

“I am also appealing to all residents who live in between Chirk and Acrefair to check their gardens, sheds, outbuildings and any allotments, where Anthony may have sought shelter.

“Those on narrow boats along the Shropshire Union Canal are also being asked to keep an eye out for sightings of him.

“Anyone with information can contact us via the website, or by calling 101, quoting itrace reference 47761.”

Eisteddfod's official photographer snaps up top industry award


* The image of Morcheeba performing at Devafest landed Stephen Cain a top industry award.

The official photographer for this year’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has snapped up a prestigious industry award.

Stephen Cain, who specialises in photographing arts events including theatre, live music and dance, captured hundreds of images vividly depicting how visitors, competitors and performers enjoyed the 2024 festival.

And the Wrexham-based lensman is now celebrating after his stunning photograph of Electronica legends Morcheeba performing at the Chester-based music festival Devafest last year landed a top honour in the 2024 Event Photography Awards.

Stephen, who works across Chester, Wrexham and North Wales, won the award for the best photograph in the Music Events - Performance Category after beating off stiff competition from nearly 800 entries.


* Photographer Stephen Cain with his award.

The Event Photography Awards are open to professional and amateur photographers, with awards in 16 core categories, including music events, concerts and performers, behind the scenes, food and drink, corporate events and conferences, cultural events, weddings and A-listers.

Stephen said: "I have a great passion for photographing the performing arts and creating images that have impact and personality.

"It’s a good feeling to have your work appreciated and this will encourage me to continue this wonderful journey and further develop my photography."

Since developing his passion for photography and becoming an events photographer 15 years ago, Stephen has gone on to become much sought after across a wide area.

Apart from the Eisteddfod in Llangollen he has captured performances for several local theatre companies, including Against The Grain, Chester Little Theatre, Grove Park Theatre and Tip Top Productions, as well as live music events, concerts, operas, dance and other events.

In addition to photographing live events, Stephen provides industry- standard headshots for actors, performers and business professionals at his studio in Wrexham, which he set up five years ago.

Eisteddfod trustee board member Dave Hennigan said: “Steven Cain is an outstanding photographer and this acclaim is long overdue. 

“His attention to detail is second to none as his ability to capture unique and glorious occasions. 

“This is precisely why this year Stephen was appointed official photographer at our biggest Llangollen Eisteddfod for generations. 

“Over the next few months, we will be releasing his work from this year's festival featuring over 3,000 competitors from 30 different countries as well as top artists like Simple Minds, Madness, Calan, Johns’ Boys Chorus and many others,

• More details of Stephen's work can be found on his website at: www.stephencainphotography.co.uk

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

So it's a sad farewell to Suzuki's mighty midget



Suzuki Ignis drive by Steve Rogers

Imagine England taking the field for the Euros final with just seven players,

It didn’t work out with 11 on the pitch but would have been a nightmare with four of the best players watching from the sidelines.

So spare a thought for Suzuki which has been forced to drop four models from its line-up. The problem is the UK’s strict zero emission rule which forces manufacturers to ramp up EV sales between now and 2030 when they must hit 80 per cent. In the meantime there is a £15k hit for every ICE car outside the limit.

Suzuki has not enough hybrid models to meet the target so Ignis, Swift Sport, Swace and Jimny are being phased out, possibly by the end of the year if the stocks are gone.

UK director Dale Wyatt told me the move will make room for EV growth from the end of next year. For now the sales focus is on new Swift and the three SUV models, Vitara, S Cross and Across.

Axing the funky Ignis is a big blow. It has been a favourite since arriving here in 2017 winning loads of awards and could easily have survived another decade or more. It is the standout model of the Suzuki range with character and charm, as well as being remarkably roomy for a car with tiny dimensions. Definitely a mighty midget.

My friend who is just shy of six feet could not believe the amount of legroom in the back seat for a car that looks so small. There is a bit of flexibility here because the back seat is on runners so take your pick of max legroom or more space in the boot. As a small SUV Ignis gets that little bit of extra height so headroom is generous as well.

The eye-catching body styling is mirrored in the cabin. The biggest moan will be the swathes of hard black plastic, which marks too easily, but Suzuki has cleverly introduced visual features to pep up the overall look the best of which is the full width ivory indent along the dashboard.

Against the opposition, which numbers the likes of Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen UP, the little Suzuki fares well, even stealing a march on its rivals with a four wheel drive model. The Allgrip system is highly efficient but it pushes the price up to £20 grand, quite a lot for a small car, so unless you live on a snow-capped mountain I would opt for the cheaper front wheel drive. It also eats into boot space losing 56 litres to the two wheel drive.

Ignis has upgraded the hybrid system with a 12V electric motor giving a small increase in acceleration, lower engine emissions and smoother stop/start system. It can’t match the 60 plus economy of some hybrid rivals yet it made a good fist of it. My average over 450 miles in the Allgrip model was 59.6mpg, way ahead of the official figure.

Drop a 1.2 litre into a car weighing just 895kg and you could reasonably expect sprightly performance but Ignis is a bit underwhelming. It needs to be worked in the gears especially on hills where it quickly runs out of puff.

On the road is a mixed bag. The short wheelbase, narrow track and 16in wheels means it can be unsettled on poorer surfaces and there is a good bit of road noise, yet it is still fun to drive.

Equipment across the range is good with keyless entry, rear camera, smartphone links, and LED headlights on the list (unusual at entry level). Some of the safety features, like lane departure and collision alert are warings rather than interventions.

Push the boat out for the range topping SZ5 and you get navigation, cruise control and automatic air conditioning. 

I have been recommending Ignis since my first drive in 2017 and will be sorry to see it go. Of course there will be used Ignis on the forecourts but if you want a new one best to get the order in soon.

Fast facts

Ignis SZ5 Allgrip

£19,949 (starts £17,949)

1.2 litre petrol; 83bhp

0-62mph 12.8secs; 103mph

52.4mpg combined

121g/km. 1st VED £210

Insurance group 15

Boot: 204-1086 litres

 

Dementia Friendly chair congratulates new repair cafe

          * Angela Williams at the repair cafe with its organiser Michael Jepson.

Angela Williams, chair of the Llangollen Age & Dementia Friendly group, attended the Llangollen Repair Cafe on Saturday. 

The cafe volunteers have made pledges and commitments to making their group more dementia friendly.

Angela was there to hand over their certificate to cafe organiser Michael Jepson - and at the same time get her vacuum cleaner repaired.

Angela said: "The Repair Cafe is a lovely idea. It has brought people together to help each other, both socially and financially as well as ecologically, saving items going to landfill." 


Monday, July 15, 2024

Latest details on yesterday's Horseshoe Pass crash

North Wales Live is reporting this afternoon (Monday) that a crash involving a motorcycle and two cars closed the Horseshoe Pass for more than two hours yesterday. 

The story says that at least one casualty was airlifted to the serious trauma unit at Royal Stoke Hospital.

* For the full story, go to: https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/airlift-serious-trauma-unit-after-29544521


Collen Players present music hall seaside special this Friday

 

* A previous summer show by the Collen Players.

Llangollen’s famous Collen Players are back on stage next Friday to brighten up the dreary summer weather with another of their colourful music hall and variety shows. 

And its producer says you’d better be quick if you want to catch Seaside Serenade at St Collen’s Community Hall on the evening of Friday July 19 as tickets are going fast. 

The Players, headed by their founder Lee Taylor, have been bringing their colourful live shows to the community and town halls for the past few years, to great audience acclaim. 

After a break enforced by the pandemic, they are now back with their new production. 

Lee, who will once again be presiding as music hall chairman, said: “Seaside Serenade will an unforgettable show created especially for a summer which has hasn’t been too summery so far. 

“The charm of vintage British seaside entertainment will come alive with lively performances, catchy tunes and whimsical acts.  


* George Formby impersonator Colin Bourdiec is back.

“Back by popular demand will be our special guest star Colin Bourdiec, who is acknowledged as the UK’s foremost George Formby impersonator. He is also one of the only song and dance men reliving the golden age of variety and Vaudeville. 

“Colin has appeared in a couple of the Collen Players’ previous shows and always gone down a storm with our audiences.” 

Lee added: “Tickets for the show are going fast, so if you want to see Colin and the rest of our talented cast, get booking right away. Tickets are just £15 and include a bountiful buffet supper to tantalise your taste buds! 

“Dress in your best boating jackets and hats for an evening of pure nostalgic delight.”  

* Follow this link for taste of what's on offer with this short promo film for a previous Collen Players show: https://youtu.be/-VmrcV23YAc?feature=shared

📞 To book tickets call: 01978 861768 (if no reply please leave your name, contact number and number of tickets you require plus details of any food allergies, and someone will get back to you.

Children's summer play sessions in Llangollen

Latest summer activities programme for children arranged by the South Denbighshire Community Partnership is now available.

It includes Let's Play Out sessions at Ysgol Bryn Collen on Mondays, starting on July 22.   



  

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Air ambulance lands at scene of crash on Horseshoe Pass

The Leader is reporting this afternoon (Sunday) that an air ambulance has landed at the scene of a crash on the Horseshoe Pass.

* For the full story, see: Llangollen: Air ambulance lands at crash on Horseshoe Pass | The Leader (leaderlive.co.uk) 

Pavilion goes crazy for Madness as summer of top music ends

* Madness, with their frontman Suggs at the Pavilion. 





Pop’s nutty boys went One Step Beyond as they headlined the final show of the summer at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod last night (Saturday).

Rounding off a month that has seen 11 global rock, pop and classical stars headline the iconic Pavilion, British pop giants Madness were in town as part of their UK tour in celebration of their 13th studio album Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C’est La Vie debuting at number one in the UK charts. 

And the famous big tent became the Theatre of The Absurd as Suggs and co-performed hit after hit. 

Kicking off with One Step Beyond and Embarrassment, fans were treated to a real House of Fun with favourites on the night including My Girl, Wings of a Dove, Shut Up, Mr Apples, Baggy Trousers, Our House, and It Must Be Love before ending the night in that ever-so-Madness way with Night Boat to Cairo.

Addressing the packed crowd, Suggs said: “Isn’t it nice to be out and about. We’re all shapes and sizes but we’re still alive, and it’s nice to see some young people here!"

Supporting Madness was pop rockers The Hoosiers.

The headlining show from Madness marked the end of a summer of live music at Llangollen Pavilion which came out of a new partnership between the Eisteddfod and promoters Cuffe & Taylor. 

This kicked off in June with Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams followed by Simple Minds, Paloma Faith, Manic Street Preachers and Suede, Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Jones, Gregory Porter, Katherine Jenkins OBE, Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Jess Glynne.


* Madness fans fez up ready for Madness.



* The Hoosiers in support.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Jess Glynne puts on fantastic Friday show at the Pavilion

 

* Jess Glynne on stage at the Pavilion. Picture: Desh Kapur Photography/ CUFFE & TAYLOR


* Jess Glynne fans outside the Pavilion.


* Looking forward to a great night of music.

Jess Glynne delivered a 90-minute set while headlining at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod last night (Friday).

Kicking off with a crowd-pleasing Silly Me from new album entitled Jess, the pop superstar had the ecstatic Pavilion crowd dancing and singing along all night as she performed a string of hits, including I’ll Be There, Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself, Thursday and Clean Bandit collaboration Rather Be before ending the night with Hold My Hand. 

The headline shows are part of a new partnership between Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Live Nation promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

The series concludes tonight (Saturday July 13) with Madness.

Friday, July 12, 2024

EE admits to problem with its network near Llangollen

MyPlace update: The problem near Llangollen has now been fixed, we recommend you restart your device. If you have already done this and are still having problems, please call us on 150. 

EE mobile says it has been having a problem with its network near Llangollen which may be affecting the service.

In a text to its local users just before 11am today (Friday) it says: "Just to let you know, we have a problem near Llangollen which may be affecting service in the area. 

"Everything should be back to normal within 15 hours. We will continue to keep you updated. 

"To keep connected simply use WIFI calling, to get started click here ee.co.uk/wifi-calling." 

Nile Rodgers and CHIC turn Pavilion into a disco dancefloor


 * Nile Rodgers on stage at the Pavilion. All pictures Desh Kapur Photography/CUFFE & TAYLOR




* Sophie Ellis-Bextor.


* Deco in support.

It was a sensational night of disco classics as Nile Rodgers & CHIC – plus special guests Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Deco – delivered another incredible feel-good evening at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. 

The buzzing Pavilion crowd were treated to hit after hit as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Nile and CHIC delivered an unforgettable performance. 

Massive hits Le Freak, Good Times, Everybody Dance, Upside Down, Like a Virgin, Let’s Dance, I Want Your Love and Lost In Music – along with many more – transformed the Pavilion into a vibrant disco dancefloor for the night. 

Kitchen disco queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor had already brilliantly warmed up the crowd with a set that included Crying at The Discotheque, Take Me Home, Hypnotized and Murder on The Dancefloor. 

Opening the night were viral pop sensations Deco. 

The headline shows are part of a new partnership between Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Live Nation promoters Cuffe and Taylor. 

The series continues tonight (Friday July 12) with Jess Glynne and concludes tomorrow Saturday (July 13) with Madness with support from The Hoosiers.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Nature day at Nantclwyd y Dre historic house and gardens


 * A previous nature day at Nantclwyd y Dre

Back for 2024, BIONET's Nature Day will once again take place within the picturesque grounds of Nantclwyd y Dre historic house and gardens, Ruthin. 

Conservationists, environmental enthusiasts, and anyone who enjoys getting hands on with nature is invited to the free event taking place on Sunday July 21, between 10.30am and 3.30pm, to meet local wildlife organisations and enjoy fun family activities including facepainting, live storytelling sessions, and willow weaving workshops. 

The Nature Partnership of North East Wales, BIONET covers the counties of Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, working to conserve, protect and enhance the biodiversity of the region for current and future generations. 

"For us, Nature Day is all about showcasing the amazing work that is happening within the region to encourage our biodiversity to flourish and inviting the local community to help us celebrate those projects," said Clare Owen, BIONET Project Officer. 

She added: "It is also a great opportunity for kids to develop their understanding of the local environment with many of the organisations taking part providing fun ways to learn more about the work they do, and the gardens at Nantclwyd y Dre provides a wonderful setting for the day.” 

Joining BIONET will be Chester University, Denbighshire Tree Nursery, Clocaenog Red Squirrel's Trust, Hedgehog Help Prestatyn, Ruthin Friends of the Earth, North Wales Butterfly Conservation, North Wales Wildlife Trust, Wild Ground and more. 

Councillor Emrys Wynne, Denbighshire’s Lead Member for Welsh language, Culture and Heritage, said: “The Bionet Nature Day will be a fantastic event at Nantclwyd Y Dre for all ages to experience how we look after our wildlife across the region and what the public can also do in support. I would encourage all families to come and join the free fun activities on the day.” 

Nature Day is funded by the Welsh Government Local Nature Partnership scheme through the WCVA

For more details head to BIONET’s Facebook events page and register your interest to receive a reminder as the event approaches https://www.facebook.com/share/mYCNc9cbCYfxKec1/ or email clare.owen@denbighshire.gov.uk