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What a result! Welsh footballers help in marriage proposal

A man from the Valleys employed a unique way of proposing to his girlfriend - by recruiting stars of the Welsh national football team to help.

Matthew recruited the likes of Wales captain Ashley Williams to help. Credit: Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies from Aberdare arranged the film after speaking to a friend who worked at the Football Association of Wales.

Both Matthew and his partner Vicky Griffiths are footy mad, with Vicky a big fan of Swansea City.

The pair met five years again when Matthew, himself a supporter of local side Merthyr Town, began following the national side to home and away games.

Wales boss Chris Coleman called Matthew Credit: Matthew Davies

In fact the couple's first trip abroad together was to Switzerland in 2010, where they saw Wales fall to a disappointing 4-1 defeat in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

But with the national side on the up and so close to securing their place in Euro 2016, Matthew has seized the opportunity to score a blinder himself.

And in case you were wondering...Vicky said yes.

"So I just asked Vicky whether she would marry me. But being a footy nut as well I showed her this video on my phone of me and my pals. Would they persuade her to say yes?........Yes it worked"

– Matthew Davies

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Call for Welsh towns to have 20% tree canopy cover

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The Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) is launching a petition calling for all cities, towns and villages in Wales to have a minimum 20% tree canopy cover.

It also backs the planting of native trees which, it says, can provide a habitat and nectar source for pollinators and fruit trees which will provide a sustainable source of food.

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It says the tree canopy cover in Wales varies dramatically, from just 4.5% in Fochriw in Caerphilly to 34% in Trimsaran in Carmarthenshire.

It also cites a study in Wrexham, last year, which, it says, showed trees save the local economy £1.3m every year by:

  • Intercepting 27 million litres of rainfall from entering the drainage system, the equivalent of saving £460,000 in sewerage charges.
  • Absorbing 1,329 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • Improving health by removing 60 tonnes of air pollution, saving the health services £700,000.

People often refer to the more attractive areas of towns as being ‘leafy’. Areas like this can provide a more attractive and healthy environment for people to live and work in, for all kinds of reasons.

We want everyone to benefit from trees, so we’re working to persuade local authorities around Wales to plant more trees where people live.

– Angharad Evans, Campaigns Officer

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