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500-year-old Powys oak is European Tree of the Year runner-up

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An ancient pollarded oak thought to be over 500 years old has come second in the European Tree of the Year competition.

The tree, near Newtown, has been cared for by one family for generations. Even their family wedding photographs from 1901 were taken under its spreading canopy.

But in 2015 it was threatened with destruction by a new bypass. Mervyn Jones, who farms the land, campaigned hard to save the tree with Tree Hunter Rob McBride and after a 5,000 signature petition to the Welsh Assembly, the bypass route was adjusted.

The UK is rightly renowned for having some of the best examples of ancient trees in Europe, so it’s good to see them finally achieving recognition in the competition.

– Beccy Speight, Chief Executive, Woodland Trust

£32m to reduce flooding risk to thousands of homes in Wales

£32 million funding to reduce the risk from flooding to homes and businesses across Wales has been announced.

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The funding, which is allocated for 2017-18, is the largest capital budget for flood risk management in recent years.

The Welsh Government says that £1million of the flood budget will also be ring-fenced each year smaller scale works and maintenance to be carried out by Local Authorities.

Flooding can have a devastating impact on the lives of those affected. We know that climate and weather patterns are continuing to change and as a result flooding is likely to become more frequent. We therefore need to do all we can to reduce the risk to our communities while helping them to adapt to the risks they face which are beyond control. I am pleased to confirm we will be providing £32million in 2017-18, our largest capital budget in recent years, to help reduce the risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses. This highlights the priority we place on protecting and strengthening communities against flooding.

– Lesley Griffiths, The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Split opinion ... some people go bananas for recycling

If someone asked you if you wouldn't mind dressing up as a banana ... chances are you wouldn't find the prospect ap-peel-ing.

Bananaman takes on recycling fight. Credit: ITV News

But that's exactly what Recycle for Walesare doing in order to get us to recycle our food waste at home more.

Watch Rob Shelley's report to see if dressing up as fruit can persuade people to get greener .... and if the idea was app-ee-ling.


Campaign launched to get Wales to increase its 50% food recycling rate

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A campaign has been launched to get Wales to increase the amount of food it recycles.

According to Recycle for Wales, only 50% of food waste produced in Wales is recycled.

The campaign aims to educate people about the inevitable food waste they should be recycling and about how methane from decomposition can be harnessed to create energy.

Recycle for Wales says that just one caddy of food generates enough energy to watch a football match on TV.

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