Environment

Green energy champ in the running for two national awards

A Denbighshire green energy champion has been shortlisted for two Welsh national renewable energy awards. David Jones, Director of Denbigh-based Hafod Renewables, has been shortlisted for Energy Champion of the Year while the company are also in the running for the Renewable Heating Installer of the Year at this year’s Wales Energy Efficiency Awards at […]

Water experts back resurgent Blues boosted by return of Llangollen flyer

A leading North Wales rugby club is cutting a dash on the field thanks to sponsorship from a top local company. Flood prevention and water management experts Waterco have put their shirts on Ruthin, the only one of the original members of the old North Wales League never to have been relegated, and are also […]

Green project is child’s play with a giant caterpillar

A scruffy piece of overgrown land has been transformed into a “green oasis” featuring a giant caterpillar made out of boulders as part of a £1.2 million environmental scheme. According to housing association Cartrefi Conwy, the aim is to reconnect youngsters living on the Tre Cwm estate in Llandudno with the natural environment and give […]

Renewable energy breathes new life into village’s historic school

A historic village school which closed more than 30 years ago has been given a new lease of life in its second career as a community centre after going ‘green’. Pentredwr School opened in 1909 when the village near Llangollen was the home to many of the quarrymen at the Berwyn Slate Quarry on the […]

Eco-friendly baker goes back to nature and creates new ponds for wildlife

A new haven for wildlife is taking shape right in the middle of one of the UK’s biggest industrial estates. The Village Bakery have spent £25,000 on creating two new ponds at the six-acre nature reserve at Erlas Black Wood. The site is next door to the family firm’s two bakeries on Wrexham Industrial Estate […]

Water experts called in to safeguard Wales’s finest gardens from floods

A team of water experts is helping safeguard three of Wales’s greatest gardens from flood damage. Denbighshire-based Waterco are working with the National Trust on plans to protect the iconic properties at Bodnant Garden in the Conwy Valley, Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan and Tredegar House, near Newport. The three properties are among […]

Double biomass boilers keep staff and customers warm at builders’ merchant

Customers and staff are now as warm as toast at the busy Jewson Llangefni branch following the installation of a mighty double biomass boiler system. The Anglesey builders’ merchant branch on the town’s industrial estate was, until recently, heated with oil boilers but to improve its energy performance Jewson has switched to a biomass system […]

Green-fingered Gerald unveils community garden at fun day

A big-hearted tenant who suffers from arthritis defied the pain to create a new community garden in memory of his late sister. The flower-filled garden was officially opened by Gerald Dunphy, 62, during a fun day at the Chester Avenue estate in Kinmel Bay in Conwy. Gerald’s efforts have now inspired the other tenants to […]

Trailer firm helps make it easier to log onto the internet in some of the wildest places

A North Wales trailer firm is helping to bring internet access to places that conventional systems cannot reach. A small fleet of rugged domestic trailers built by Ifor Williams Trailers have been supplied by the company’s main distributor in Scotland’s North Highlands for conversion into platforms to carry a piece of highly sophisticated electronic kit […]

Timber company’s campaign for more tree planting in Wales bears fruit

A Welsh Assembly report calling for Wales to become self-sufficient in timber has been welcomed by the UK’s biggest manufacturer of fence posts. The report from the influential Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee comes after a concerted campaign launched last year by Ruthin-based Clifford Jones Timber. They said that the Welsh timber industry’s […]