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

Credit: Tracey Williams

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

Police appeal for missing man in Powys

Police are appealing for information after a 51-year-old man went missing in Powys.

Andrew Hardy has not been seen since 4.30pm on Wednesday 4 January.

Officers say he went missing from the Bronllys area, Brecon, but has ties to the north of Powys and also Aberystwyth.

Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

He is described as white, approximately 5’9” tall, quite slender, with long brown hair.

He is believed to be wearing black skinny jeans and a black coat, and may have a black cowboy hat.

Anyone who has seen Mr Hardy or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact 101.

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Heavy rain warning for parts of South Wales and Powys

The warning is valid until 10pm. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

The Met Office says there could be 'tricky driving conditions' as heavy is forecast for parts of South Wales and Powys.

It has issued a 'be aware' warning with up to 40mm (over 1.5 inches) expected in places.

Areas affected:

  • Carmarthenshire
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Caerphilly
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff
  • Swansea
  • Vale of Glamorgan

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Motorcyclist dies after crash with lorry in Powys

The crash happened at around 2pm yesterday. Credit: Google Maps

A man has died after a crash between a lorry and a motorbike yesterday.

The A40 was closed between Llandovery and Sennybridge for several hours after the crash at around 2pm near the village of Llywel, close to Trecastle.

The man riding the motorbike was taken to hospital. Dyfed-Powys Police says he died in hospital last night.

Road closed in Powys after lorry and motorbike crash

The A40 in Powys is closed between Llandovery and Sennybridge. Credit: Google Maps

The A40 in Powys is closed between Llandovery and Sennybridge, after a crash involving a lorry and a motorbike.

Dyfed Powys Police says officers were called to the crash near the village of Llywel, close to Trecastle, at around 2pm. The man riding the motorbike has been taken to hospital. Police say the road is closed both ways and diversions are in place.

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