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Have you been affected by Japanese Knotweed?

There are concerns mounting over a type of plant known as Japanese Knotweed which is growing out of hand across Wales. The plant can damage the foundations of houses causing them to lose some value.

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The weed can easily spread and is becoming a problem across Wales. Credit: PA

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Public consultation on Wylfa power station begins

Horizon Nuclear Power, the company established to develop the new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey, has today set out how people can have their say on building plans.

The talks will pave the way for weeks of future consultation on building plans. Credit: ITV Wales News

The first phase of public consultation begins later, paving the way for a further ten weeks of talks regarding the proposed multi-billion pound Wylfa Newydd power station.

It is crucial that people have the opportunity to have their say on our proposals. Wylfa Newydd is a major investment in the region and brings with it a wide range of benefits, from the economic to the educational, so we want to encourage people to take the time to get involved and understand what the project means for them, for the local area, and for Wales and the UK more widely.

– Alan Raymant, Horizon Chief Operating Officer

New maps unveiled to encourage walkers to explore Welsh countryside

Its taken over three years for the new maps to be completed Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

New and revised maps are to be unveiled today aimed at showing where people can explore the welsh countryside.

Natural Resources Wales say the new maps have comprehensively been reviewed with landowners and farmers to ensure explorers respect private land.

It's the first time maps have been reviewed in a decade and outlines over one million acres of land free for people to explore and enjoy.

Natural Resources Wales says the natural environment is a huge draw for walkers who contribute more than 6 hundred and 30 million pounds to the Welsh economy.

Nationwide beach clean up event this weekend

Volunteers in Wales are taking part in a nationwide beach clean event this weekend.

Langland Beach in Swansea is one of the beaches pinpointed for a clear up. Credit: ITV Wales News

The clean up operation is happening on over thirty beaches in Wales including Llandudno, Freshwater, Langland, Ogmore and Rhyl.

The UK's leading marine charity hopes a record number of people will get involved to clear our beaches of litter. They blame a change in domestic habits over the last 50 years for the increased amount of litter, waste an plastic now being washed up on our shores.

"Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches. We throw more stuff away than ever. Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks. We flush stuff down the loo we shouldn't, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches."

– Tom Bell, The Marine Conservation Society


Lagoon restoration aiding flood protection

Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales says an important flood water storage lagoon on the Wentlooge Levels is helping to protect communities after being restored.

It says a team of engineers has completed a four-week project to remove large quantities of silt from the lagoon, to increase its capacity to store flood water and protect nearby homes and farmland from flooding during high tides.

After being removed from the lagoon, the silt has been placed into special pods to dry it out.

Once dry, the team will be able to make use of it across South Wales to repair existing flood defences and build new ones.

Wales to hot up as Mediterranean weather arrives

Sunbathers behind a windbreak on Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire Credit: PA

Weather forecasters say Wales will enjoy warm sunshine as we head through the week. After a cool and wet August, warm weather coming northwards from the Mediterranean is set to send temperatures rocketing over the coming week.

This evening and tonight, Wales will be a mostly dry with any isolated light showers easing away. While tomorrow will start generally cloudy with some mist and fog patches, these will steadily break up, allowing some warm sunny spells to develop. Temperatures could reach 22C - the mid-September average is around 17C (62.6F).

As we head to the end of the week a lot of dry and fine weather is expected with it becoming warm or very warm and increasingly humid. There is a risk of scattered heavy and thundery showers.

While the temperatures are expected to be abnormally high they will not constitute an "Indian summer", according to Mark Wilson, a meteorologist with the Met Office.

The Met Office's meteorological glossary, first published in 1916, defines an Indian summer as "a warm, calm spell of weather occurring in autumn, especially in October and November", usually occurring after the first frost of the year.

It said the warmest recorded temperatures in the UK in October and November were 29.9C (85.8F) on October 1 2011 in Gravesend, Kent, and 21.7C (71F) on November 4 1946 in Prestatyn, Denbighshire.

North Wales wind farm gets green light

Permission has been granted for a new wind farm development near Denbigh in north Wales.

The wind farm project will cost £100m Credit: PA

The 32 turbine wind farm, developed by RWE Innogy UK, will have an installed capacity of up to 96MW - equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of up to 40,800 average UK householdsor more than all the households in Denbighshire.

The project will cost around £100m.

This is a tremendous project, which can deliver significant benefits for the local communities, businesses and the environment, and is an important contributor to the UK energy mix and energy security.

We have already started to make inroads into working with the business sector through our supply chain events, to ensure local companies are well placed to bid for contracts when they emerge. We will build on this locally and with other business organisations over time.

– Martin Cole, RWE’s Clocaenog project developer
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