Author: Lyndsey Maiden

Diweddariad ar y Coetir Coffa yn Brownhill – Update on Commemorative woodland at Brownhill

Update on Commemorative woodland at Brownhill 

Following on from my previous correspondence on 1 March, I am writing to update you on the feedback we have received from our first public consultation on the Commemorative Woodland at Brownhill and to inform you of our next steps.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We were pleased to be able to engage with so many residents, both through our on-line consultation and community drop-in session at Llangadog in March, and have the opportunity to listen to people’s views and concerns on the proposals for the land at Brownhill.

As a result of the feedback we have received, we have divided the site into three main areas, each of which will have different objectives. 

Area 1 – Conservation space

  1. Riparian and wet woodland with minimum intervention primarily to benefit biodiversity and to promote a healthy active floodplain.
  2. Identify areas where the public can safely access the river, causing minimal disturbance for wildlife to flourish.
  3. Improve access points to the river and ensure that anglers can continue to access the space safely.

Area 2 – Woodland Space

  1. Create a native broadleaf woodland that maximises habitat diversity.
  2. A contemplative and commemorative space that is accessible to all.
  3. Create a green resource for community use.

Area 3 – Growing Space

  1. Work in partnership to deliver sustainable opportunities to grow food, trees, nature.
  2. Increase tree cover to demonstrate how government planting initiatives to help tackle the climate and nature emergencies can be achieved alongside other land uses.
  3. Improve water quality, soil health and the habitat and species diversity.

Regarding areas one and two, we understand the concerns raised about safe access to the site and different proposed uses of the land. However, the majority of the feedback from our first round of consultation indicated general support for the objectives set out for Area one, the “Conservation space” and Area2, the “Woodland space”.

We will approach these two areas differently to ensure public access and space for wildlife complement each other. In the longer term we will investigate ways to make the site more accessible without a car.

The majority of ideas and concerns we received relate to Area Three, the “Growing Space”. We will therefore focus this next stage of consultation on this part of the site.

We think this is an exciting opportunity to work in partnership (for example, a community group, a young farmer, or someone else) to test out and demonstrate land use proposals to tackle the climate and nature emergencies, integrated into productive agriculture.

Next steps of consultation 

From today, (23 June) we are launching a second online consultation, to seek feedback from our neighbours, surrounding communities, and partners on how we can achieve the objectives for Area Three, the “Growing Space.”

As part of the consultation, we will also be holding a community drop in event on 14 of July at Llansadwrn reading room, SA19 8HH Carmarthenshire, to speak with communities from the surrounding area and gather feedback.

We want to encourage people who live in the area to come along on 14 July and talk to us or take part in our online consultation and have their say.  Commemorative woodland at Brownhill – next phase of consultation – Natural Resources Wales Citizen Space – Citizen Space (cyfoethnaturiol.cymru)

Should you wish to discuss anything in more detail, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours sincerely,

Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru​ / Natural Resources Wales

NOTICE OF CO-OPTION Section 116 Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011

Cyngor Cymuned Llansadwrn Community Counci Community Ward (if applicable) 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that 3 vacancies have occurred in the office of Councillors for the above mentioned Community/Ward, and the Community Council intends to co-opt. Expressions of interest are being sought from members of the public who meet the following qualifications and are interested in representing their community on the aforementioned Community Council. You must be a British, Commonwealth, Irish or a European Union citizen and be 18 years of age or over; and meet at least one of the following criteria:*

(a)       registered as a local government elector for the area named above;    or 

(b)       during the whole of the last 12 months occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the community named above;   or 

(c)       your principal or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the community named above;   or 

(d)       you have during the whole of the last 12 months resided in the Community or with 4.8 kilometres of it. 

Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers of the community council, anyone subject to bankruptcy restriction orders and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are qualified to stand. 

Signed           Joy Waters  Dated 18/05/2022

Clerc y Cyngor Clerk to the Council 

If you wish to be considered for co-option for the vacant seats or want more information regarding the role of a Community Councillor please contact the Proper Officer, Clerk to the Council Community at joywaters@hotmail.co.uk

by 09/06/2022

Refugees from Ukraine

With the current crisis in Ukraine, we will be playing our part in Carmarthenshire to help support some of the refugees coming to the UK.

Our aim is keep in regular contact with you to see how best to work together to support the Ukraine refugees.

Firstly, could you answer a few of these questions set out below-

  • What support is currently being co-ordinated within your area?
  • Who is co-ordinating this support?
  • Is there any information you wish us to publish of support in your area on our corporate website ?
  • How many volunteers do you have/ will you require anymore?

Our marketing and media team have updated our website with information on how you can help support some of the refugees coming to the UK from Ukraine.
https://newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/2022/03/ukraine/#.Yj2Ll9-nzIU

Please respond to Bureau@Carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Woodland Creation Consultation-Brownhill

New consultation will ask local communities to share their views on commemorative woodland site at Brownhill.

Following on from my previous correspondence on 4 February, I am writing to inform you about a consultation Natural Resources Wales is undertaking, to seek people’s views for the design of the new commemorative woodland site at Brownhill in the Tywi valley. 

As you will be aware, the site at Brownhill has been confirmed as one of three planned locations for memorial woodlands in Wales, which were announced last month by the First Minister Mark Drakeford. The ambition is for the woodlands to be seen as a symbol of Wales’ resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic and one of regeneration and renewal as they grow. 

The purpose of the consultation is to allow us to seek feedback from local communities and partners on the plans for the woodland to help shape the design and ongoing management for the future. 

The consultation will also ensure any potential impacts on the surrounding area are considered and offer the opportunity for people to put forwards ideas on how they can be involved with the planning process. 

As part of the consultation, we will also be holding a community drop in event for residents to attend and speak with staff, on the 9 March at Llangadog village hall between 12:00m -7:00pm.  

The new woodland will form part of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate which is managed by NRW on behalf of Welsh Government, and the National Forest for Wales. 

The site will be planted to ensure the new woodland is diverse and resilient to the impacts of pests, diseases, and climate change and will create habitat connectivity in the landscape, due to surrounding woodland, mature hedges, and veteran trees.

It is also flat, and therefore creates the opportunity for creating fully accessible trails.

We would be grateful if you could help raise awareness of the drop in event and consultation with your constituents and encourage them to participate. 

You can view the consultation link here: Woodland Creation at Brownhill – Natural Resources Wales Citizen Space – Citizen Space (cyfoethnaturiol.cymru)

You can view our project page here: https://ymgynghori.cyfoethnaturiol.cymru/communications-cyfathrebu/wales-commemorative-woodlands

We intend this to be just the beginning of our consultation, and there will be other opportunities over the spring and summer to help plan and shape this site. There is an option on the online consultation for you to provide contact details so we can keep you updated.