We normally provide good news environmental stories. One of which is the flagship project in the Llynfi Valley Spirit of Llynfi Community Woodland.
Over the last year Geminie Drinkwater the project officer has liasied with local residents, schools, businesses to make this a real community woodland.
Unfortunately a theft has occured on the site and Natural Resources Wales have issued a press release
Stakes to support tree saplings, planted by local schoolchildren, have been stolen from the new Spirit of Llynfi community woodland site in Maesteg.
Natural Resources Wales is asking anyone that may know anything about the incident to report it to the Police. The 86 stakes were stolen from young orchard trees towards the end of last week.
Over the last few months, 7,000 trees have been planted by children from nine local schools and local people. Their work is part of a project to transform the former Coegnant Colliery and Maesteg Washery sites into a rich woodland where people can enjoy all the health benefits of being surrounded by nature.
Geminie Drinkwater, Project Officer for Natural Resources Wales said: "It’s very sad to think that someone has deliberately damaged something that is being created by the local community for the local community. We suspect that the stakes have been stolen to be used for someone's garden fence. If anyone knows who has taken the stakes, or sees anything suspicious, please contact the police.”