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Tree planting milestone reached

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A tree planting initiative dreamed up by a Cardiff schoolgirl nine years ago has led to the creation of 15 new woodlands in Wales with the planting for the 300,000th tree.

In 2008 the Welsh Government made a pledge to plant a native Welsh broadleaf tree for every child born or adopted in Wales. The scheme is called Plant! – the Welsh word for children.

Every month, Natural Resources, arranges for a mixture of native broadleaf trees to be planted, including oak, ash, birch, cherry, rowan and willow. Every baby is given the location of the woodland which contains their tree.

They also receive a certificate soon after their birth or adoption, stating that a tree has been planted for them.

Trees are an important part of our environment. They soak up floodwater, absorb carbon and other pollutants, provide a home for wildlife, help us enjoy the outdoors as well as providing a source of sustainable energy and house-building material.

Plant! is helping to create new community woodlands for the children of Wales to visit with their families and watch them grow as they do.

We hope it will encourage young people to think about their environment and the role they have in managing it sustainably.

– Kate Thomson, Plant! Co-ordinator for Natural Resources Wales

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Red Admiral 'thrives' despite wet summer

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The charity Butterfly Conservation says it has been a record Summer for Red Admirals.

The Big Butterfly Count reveals that despite soggy weather conditions causing problems for other species The Red Admiral was the most abundant butterfly recorded and saw its numbers rise by 78% compared to 2016, with more than 4,000 seen during the Count’s three-week recording period.

But wet July and August weather meant that 2017 was not a vintage summer with several of Wales’ common butterfly species experiencing declines.

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Redevelopment 'at the heart of Pontypridd.'

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has released a video of what the centre of Pontypridd will look like when a redevelopment is finished in 2019.

Full Planning permission will be sought this week to redevelop the former Taff Vale site.

The council says the site will become the headquarters of Transport for Wales. A new 21 st Century Library, Pontypridd One4aLL Centre and a new fitness facility will also move in.

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