Environment

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 […]

Surprise, surprise! Matt overcome with emotion to receive top green award

A landscape designer had the shock of his life when awarded a top honour following the success of a £4million project to transform a housing estate into a green oasis. Matt Stowe, the environmental development officer with housing association Cartrefi Conwy was overcome with emotion on receiving the prestigious Wales Green Flag Employee of the […]

Sunshine makes big savings for solar-powered dairy farmer

The sun is shining on a top dairy farm in Denbighshire and helping it save over £10,000 a year on its huge electricity bills. The herd of 370 Holstein cattle at Kilford Farm, near Denbigh, produce over three million litres of milk a year but a huge milking parlour used twice a day eats up […]

Blooming marvellous festival attracts thousands of green-fingered tourists

Thousands of green fingered tourists will be heading to North Wales for a spectacular 16-day festival of gardens. A packed programme of events, ranging from behind the scenes guided tours and photography competitions to a squirrel watch and a vintage car rally will be staged as part of the Festival of Gardens North Wales. The […]