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£1.3m Lottery grant to protect the Gower Peninsula

Rhossili - On the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula Credit: Heritage lottery fund

Over £1.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help ensure the Gower Peninsula remains an area of outstanding beauty.

The money will pay for a programme of activities to protect the area that is currently at risk from pressures created by tourism.

Famous for its limestone cliffs, secluded bays, sand dunes and saltwater marshes, the Gower is visited by thousands of people every year.

The Gower is home to historic sites such as the Upper Palaeolithic caves, a Bronze Age funerary and Iron Age hill forts. Swansea council will work with organisations including the National Trust and the Wildlife Trust to conserve these sites.

Alleged trust box theft angers Gower locals

A man has been caught on camera, allegedly stealing not just drinks, but also the money that other people paid in, for local produce at a Gower stall. The stall operates on a trust box system - where people pay for the products they take.

South Wales police say they're investigating and are trying to identify those responsible, but as Megan Boot reports, it's not simply about the £20 or so that the owner says was stolen

Pure white reindeer calf born on Christmas tree farm

It's not the festive season, but a Christmas tree farm on the Gower has welcomed the arrival of this white reindeer calf

A pure white reindeer calf has been born on a Christmas tree farm on the Gower.

Arriving just days ago, the currently-unnamed reindeer is something of a rarity - his mother's fur is what's known as mottled silver, while his father's fur is dark grey.

Farmer Robert Morgan told ITV Cymru Wales: "We get all sorts of strange colours, but to get them pure white like that - it'll be brilliant white for the rest of the year. It's quite amazing."

He said the farm is 'open to suggestions' for naming the calf after ruling out traditional names including Rudolph and Blitzen - but joked he was considering naming him after a Swansea City player following the club's recent success.


Gower road crash: second victim named

South Wales Police have named the second person who died in a fatal road accident near Llanrhidian on Saturday as 22-year-old Jonathan Craig Knoedl, from Swansea.

His family have paid tribute to him, saying that they are "extremely devastated" by his death.

Police are appealing for information about the collision, which took place on the B4295 on the Gower. They've confirmed a black Volkswagen Golf was travelling in the direction of Crofty when it hit a tree approximately three quarters of a mile north of the Llanrhidian Caravan Park.

Teenager rescued from sea dies

One of the two young brothers rescued from the sea near Gower Peninsula last night has died.

The pair were taken by helicopter to Morriston Hospital. A 15-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital. A 21-year-old remains in hospital.

Swansea coastguards say one was swept off rocks whilst fishing at Blue Pool corner and his brother jumped in to try to save him.

Two other teenagers raised the alarm at around 8pm after realising their two friends were in trouble.

Detective Inspector David Hough of South Wales Police said:

This was a very tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Both males came from the north west of England.

Next of kin and HM Coroner have been informed.

– Detective Inspector David Hough, South Wales Police
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