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Solar farm plans unveiled for Caerleon

Plans have been unveiled for a solar energy farm at Caerleon.

The proposals are for Park Farm near Caerleon. Credit: lightsource-re.co.uk

Lightsource Renewable Energy says the proposals are for Park Farm and if built the farm would generate enough electricity to power 3,500 homes.

Initial plans will be displayed at a community information evening at Caerleon Town Hall on the evening of Wednesday, August 26th.

We want these plans to be the best fit for the local community, which is why we are keen for local businesses, residents and wildlife enthusiasts to come along to the information evening.

– Conor McGuigan, Planning and Development Director at Lightsource

Residents wishing to view the initial proposal can visit www.lightsource-re.co.uk

Three areas compete for wild flower cash

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Cardiff, Cwmbran and Ebbw Vale have been shortlisted in a bid for money to develop a wild flower site as part of the Grow Wild Wales scheme.

£120,000 is on offer to transform a public space. The trio have received funding to develop their ideas before a final decision is made with a public vote.

As well as giving unloved areas a new lease of life in a creative way, we want to encourage people to engage with the outdoors, taking the time to enjoy and learn about nature and our environment as well as reaping the benefits that time spent outdoors with other people offers to both physical and mental health.

– Maria Golightly, Wales Partnership Manager for Grow Wild

The cash comes from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Big Lottery fund.

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Cardiff researchers in project to make cities 'greener'

Cardiff has extensive parkland in the city centre Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Cardiff University has been awarded one of 14 research grants to develop 'green infrastructure' in urban areas around the world.

Urban forestry is one example in which woodland is planted in cities to manage storm water and reduce city temperatures.

Another example is ‘green roofing’, whereby roofs are partially or completely covered in vegetation to absorb rainwater, increase insulation and, again, reduce the temperature in cities to combat the so called ‘heat island effect’.

By taking advantage of the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, we hope to provide substantial economic, social and environmental gains not only for the US and Europe, but also developing countries around the world. To do this, we will need to develop approaches that are sensitive to local culture, knowledge and expertise

– Dr Andrea Frank, Cardiff University

Seven of 'the world’s all-time best places to visit' in Wales

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According to the Lonely Planet Guide Wales has seven of the world's best places to visit.

It has compiled an 'Ultimate Travelist' of 500 places it believes the every traveller must experience.

The places chosen in Wales are:

  • Snowdonia (181)
  • Portmeirion (207)
  • St Davids Cathedral (294)
  • Caernarfon Castle (315)
  • Brecon Beacons (365)
  • Tintern Abbey (373)
  • St Fagans National History Museum (431)

Top of the list are the Temples of Angkor, Cambodia.

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