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    Can we encourage as many as possible to sign and/or organise petitions - and if possible to attend the "Day of Action" at the Carmarthen Guildhall on Saturday 30th August at 10am.

    If the TTIP goes ahead, as is being discreetly negotiated at present, it will make billions for the US global corporations and ruin our society, economy and environment in the process.



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  • The new Three Towns Food Network, linking Knighton, Presteigne and Kington to increase local food resilience, will be showing at Knighton Agricultural Show on 30 August (next to the tea tent, with Tene Valley Environmental Group and Knighton Tree Allotments Trust. Read more ...  

  • The 2014 Spring Greens Fair


    Bigger, better, bursting with good things green, but still intimate and charming...the 2014 Spring Greens Fair is back this weekend, 3/4 May at the wonderful Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow. Mid Wales Permaculture Network will be there, of course (perennial forest garden plants for sale and adopt-a-plant with free plants for children. This year there will be even more wonderful food, activities, forum discussions, demonstrations, crafts, performace... see it all here:

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    Memorial Hall, Presteigne, 9am -1pm


    LOCAL PRODUCE inc fresh organic veg, local cheeses, meats, eggs, smokerie, scrummy bites, homemade Indian foods, apple juice ...

    A SPECIAL stall for April from Whitton WI

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Zero Waste Award

Community Recycler of the Year Award comes to Zero Waste Presteigne and Norton

Mark Davies and Wendy Toomey from the Presteigne and Norton Zero Waste Project have just collected the CYLCH 2011 award on behalf of Cwm Harry for Community Recycler of The Year at Llandudno.

The award was voted for by local residents who backed Wendy, Mark and the rest of the Zero Waste team, who would all like to thank the community for their hard work and extra effort since the beginning of the project and also their kind support.

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Cae Poeth news update

Date change for Cae Poeth event

Due to unavoidable circumstances we've had to change the dates of the Autumn skillshare at Cae Poeth Nature Reserve.  It's now going to be almost a Winter one, it will run on Fri 18 and Sat 19 Nov 2011.  We'll make sure we get a nice fire going to keep us all warm and provide lots of hot drinks!

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Education for Sustainable Development

The ESDGC programme developed for use in Welsh schools is now being offered to adult learners in Cardiff. Sheleagh Llewellyn will be teaching Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship at Cardiff University Life Long Learning starting this Monday 6th October at 4-6pm.

The module will run for 10 weeks and will provide an introduction to this vitally important topic.  The course will also give people ideas for how they can become active as Global Citizens.

Stud4nts need to enrol this week so if you are interested please contact Sheleagh Llewellyn on

Glasu Community Resilience Project

Richard Pitts is now Community Resilience Project Officer with Glasu. He will be administering a new fund aimed at supporting innovative projects that enhance or provide basic services through the sustainable use of local resources or reducing the reliance on carbon, including:

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Bracken - new advice

Many of us had understood that cutting bracken during the summer was inadvisable in case of spore inhalation as the spores are carcinogenic. Appeals for more information about when it is safe to cut bracken and if this is safe in autumn have brought some new information to light.

Some interesting information just in from Darylle Hardy of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust suggests that bracken spores are not a problem in the UK as was previously supposed. Darylle says “Regarding bracken mentioned in your newsletter, if you are worried about breathing spores, we understand now that bracken doesn't spore in this country and its expansion is only by vegetative growth. It is carcinogenic if you/stock eat it. At the wildlife trust, our volunteers cut bracken all summer.”

See more on bracken control and benefits at:

This site has a lot of information on bracken control and cautions where wildlife may be affected by its removal. It also draws attention to possible problems of cutting bracken where sheep graze: “high numbers of sheep ticks associated with bracken can increase the likelihood of transmission of Lyme disease”.

There has been local debate about the value of composting a mixture of sheep’s wool and bracken, and the Forestry Commission has done extensive trials with bracken compost from the New Forest. They find it composts well, that the carcinogen present breaks down in the composting process, and that the resulting compost is high in K and works well for nursery potting use. They also commend its use as a mulch.  Read more at:$FILE/fcin3.pdf

Lyn Dixon's advice is:

Re. the bracken harvesting. It is air-borne spore that is the danger when harvesting bracken later in the year. I harvest a little later, towards the end of September, beginning of October. The bracken is on the turn and as the air humidity is usually pretty high, I think the air stays pretty safe. Wear gloves if pulling to avoid razor-like cuts.

...and here's a tip just in from a farming reader:

Cut fern any time now.   I use it for bedding for the cattle in the winter.   A good dollop of muck on top and it rots down beautifully.


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