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School with the oldest tree to plant hundreds more

Children at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia have been busy planting new trees Credit: Woodland Trust

No school in North Wales is believed to have an older tree in its grounds than Ysgol Bryn Gwalia in Mold. But the school is now aiming to plant hundreds of young saplings, marking the New Year in probably the greenest way possible.

It is all part of a plan to allow the school to get the full benefit of forest school activities within its own grounds, rather than having to make expensive coach trips to visit woods.

Children get the full benefit of forest school activities within its own grounds Credit: Woodland Trust

The school is extending a small area of woodland that already exists, creating a new area of woodland to give the children a greater feeling of being inside a wood.

The school planted a pack of 30 free trees from the Woodland Trust in November and will be applying for a further, possibly larger pack this month.

Jill Griffiths, class teacher and forest school leader, said: “Forest schools provide children with a natural environment in which to explore and discover new learning opportunities.

"The woodland challenges their understanding, problem solving and thinking. Forest School settings stimulate all types of learners, allowing children to thrive and foster new relationships and friendships.

"Children bring their new interests and self-confidence back into the classroom and this impacts positively not only on their own learning but also that of their peers.”


Parking fines on the rise after council takes over

Parking wardens in Flintshire have issued more parking tickets in 10 weeks than the police in the same county did in one year. Almost 1,000 fines have been dished out since the council took over the responsibility from North Wales Police.

Two thirds of those tickets were issued in Mold. Ian Lang sent this report.

£22k in fines prompts call to 'rethink' policy

Nearly 1,000 parking tickets have been issued in 10 weeks Credit: ITV News

Nearly 1,000 parking tickets have been given out in Flintshire in the past ten weeks, since new wardens were brought in.

Figures obtained by Conservative AM Antoinette Sandbach show that since October the 1st over £22,000 has been raised with a third of those in Mold.

This has prompted her to suggest that a 'rethink' is necessary on the council's parking policy.

Flintshire County Council say they did warn people about the changes and promises to spend any money raise on wages and car parks.

The cost of the fine is £50.


Driver interviewed over Mold market crash

Eight people were injured and five were taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital Credit: ITV News

The driver of a vehicle which ploughed into market stalls in Mold injuring eight people has been interviewed by police.

It happened at around 11am on Saturday 7th December 2013.

North Wales Police says the investigation is continuing as officers interview a number of significant witnesses.

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