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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

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.

Local River Trust Walk Over and Litter Pick

The local Rivers Trust is organising a couple of events on our lovely rivers.

Please contact Nathaniel Project Officer West Wales Rivers Trust Phone: 07780303533 Email: nathaniel@westwalesriverstrust.org to find out more.

If there is anyone else you know that would be interested in attending these dates. Please feel free to forward details. Just please let Nathaniel know in advance if you are interested in attending any of these events and he will forward more specific details, meeting times/locations, and routes. 

Marlais Walkover – 27th January We hope to have a great turnout for this day within the local community. We have already identified some fish passage opportunities however more may present themselves along with any other habitat and water quality issues. We would like to host a lunch during this event and make a good day out of it. 

Sawdde Walkover – 3rd FebruaryThis will continue on previous walkovers in 2021, continuing along Sawdde and its tributaries. There has been a lot of fly-tipping already identified in our previous walkovers, so we will collect as we walk! 

Llangadog Bran – 4th or 5th February (Depending on availability)We were unable to walk Llangadog Bran in 2021, so it will be great to get out on the banks of this tributary in 2022. 

Fly-tipping bank side litter pick Llanwrda Dulais – 10th February We have identified some fly-tipping and build-up of trash along a tributary of Dulais. We would like to get a team together to tackle clearing some of this before it works its way downstream. We will supply safety equipment and a plan of action and disposal. 

We will have more events and dates in March. TBC  
Once again, thank you for your continued support as Adoptees. It would be great to hear if there is anything you have noticed on your local rivers & streams over this winter.

Red Telephone Kiosk, Llansadwrn

Llansadwrn Community Council adopted the telephone kiosk in Llansadwrn several years ago.  A request has been brought to the Council that the kiosk should be used by the community.

Anyone with a suggestion to send the information to the Clerk joywaters@hotmail.co.uk, or if not complete this form and give it to one of the Community Councillors.

Facebook phishing scam – Dyfed Police update

 If you receive a Facebook Message asking “is that you”? Do not click on the link Do not enter your Facebook User ID and Password! 

 How to protect yourself against phishers 

 Use unique and complex passwords for all of your online accounts. Password managers help you generate strong passwords and notify you when you reuse old passwords. 

 Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) where possible. 

 Beware of any messages sent to you, even from your Facebook contacts. Phishing attacks will usually employ some type of social engineering to lure you into clicking malicious links or downloading infected files. 

 Watch out for any suspicious activity on your Facebook or other online accounts.