Farm Fire Safety Reminder

From: Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is issuing a farm fire safety reminder following a recent increase in the number of barn fire incidents requiring attendance by its crews.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s (MAWWFRS) area is home to a tapestry of rural and agricultural communities and the Service has recently experienced an increased number of barn fire incidents requiring attendance by its crews.  This increase could be partly due to the early warm and dry weather conditions during May and June which has provided earlier hay-making opportunities.

Each year in the UK on average around 1,600 farm buildings and 85,000 areas of grassland are destroyed by fire.  MAWWFRS is issuing a farm fire safety reminder and advice to members of the farming communities within its Service area in an effort to reduce the likelihood of further barn fires:

  • Stored bales must not have a moisture content greater than 22%.
    Bales that have a moisture content of 22% or higher pose a risk of increasing in heat once stacked, leading to overheating and possible spontaneous combustion.
  • Baled hay, straw and bracken should have a moisture content of between 18-20% before being stacked in storage.
  • The temperature of bales should be below 35°C before being brought off the field for storage.
    Bales with a temperature above 35°C can maintain their own heat generation to a point where spontaneous combustion can occur.
  • Bale Storage Advice
    Where possible, stacks should be sited separately, away from other farm buildings, especially livestock buildings. Keep stacks to a reasonable size, well apart and dry.  Avoid storing fertilisers, chemicals, gas cylinders, tractors and other machinery in barns containing bales.  Ensure that all electrical equipment and wiring is well-maintained.
    If bales are smouldering or on fire call 999 immediately.
  • Signs of bales overheating
    Signs of bales overheating may include discolouration or browning in some areas, stacks seen to be ‘steaming’ early in the morning or late evening, the presence of a sweet, sickly smell and hay turning to a tobacco-like form.

Advice and Support

MAWWFRS is here to help and has a variety of resources available to members of the farming community in need of support or advice.

  • Farm Liaison Officer
    Due to the rich farming heritage of mid and West Wales, the Service also employs a Farm Liaison Officer to work with farmers to best protect their property and livestock from the threat of fire. The Service’s Farm Liaison Officer, Jeremy Turner, can be contacted on 0800 169 1234 or [email protected].
  • Free Bale Temperature Testing
    If you have concerns regarding the temperature of your bales, please contact us to request a FREE check of the temperature and moisture content of your bales, using specialist equipment. Depending on the readings we receive, we will then work with you to formulate a plan to manage the risk of spontaneous combustion.  To book a FREE visit, please call 01268 909 404.  If bales are smouldering or on fire call 999 immediately.

Contact Information:

Steffan John Communications Officer, Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service – Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, 01267 226862 ext: 4462.  [email protected]

Meet Your local Community Councillor – 20th June

Meet Your local Community Councillor Event; Tuesday 20th June 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  Gower Heritage Centre Parkmill SA3 2EH

Following our well attended session last February we are pleased to offer local residents another opportunity to meet your local community councillors to informally discuss local issues that concern you.

Also we are using this event as the launch of our proposals to establish a Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

ICC Final S6 Gp1 C&TCs Report 2020 – 2023

Welsh Government has asked all community councils to report on the biodiversity of their local area with a view to inform national and local policies and establish action plans to enhance, preserve and monitor our local environment. The attached Biodiversity Report is an overview of what the Community Council has achieved so far towards maintaining and enhancing biodiversity and promoting ecosystem resilience in our planning, policies and day to day activities. The next stage is to compile the Biodiversity Action Plan which sets out our biodiversity objectives between now and 2025.’ We would like all residents to express their opinion and help formulate any future plans.

We hope to see you on the night or please email any thoughts on the Biodiversity Action Plan to our Clerk.

Single-use Plastics Bill

For your information/Plastig Untro ffeithluniau,

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Rwy’n falch o roi gwybod ichi y cafodd Bil Diogelu’r Amgylchedd (Cynhyrchion Plastig Untro) (Cymru) (y Bil) ei basio gan y Senedd ar 6 Rhagfyr.

Mae hwn yn gam pwysig o ran sicrhau bod Cymru’n rhydd rhag cynhyrchion plastig untro diangen. Drwy wahardd neu gyfyngu ar gyflenwad eitemau sy’n aml yn cael eu taflu fel sbwriel, byddwn yn osgoi gadael gwaddol plastig gwenwynig i genedlaethau’r dyfodol ddelio ag ef. Bydd hyn hefyd yn ein helpu i ymateb i’r argyfwng hinsawdd a’r argyfwng natur.

Rydym wedi llunio fersiynau cychwynnol o ffeithluniau (amgaeedig) i godi ymwybyddiaeth busnesau a phobl anabl. Gofynnwn yn garedig ichi eu rhannu â’ch rhanddeiliaid.

O ran busnesau, mae’r wybodaeth yn nodi sut y dylent baratoi ar gyfer y gwaharddiadau, ac o ran pobl anabl, mae’r wybodaeth yn nodi sut y gall pobl anabl gael gafael ar wellt plastig untro o hyd er mwyn galluogi pobl anabl y mae eu hangen arnynt i fwyta ac yfed yn ddiogel ac yn annibynnol.

Fel rydym eisoes wedi nodi, bydd rhagor o ddeunyddiau codi ymwybyddiaeth yn cael eu datblygu yn ystod 2023, ynghyd â chanllawiau cynhwysfawr a ddatblygir ar y cyd â rhanddeiliad. Byddwn yn darparu rhagor o wybodaeth am hyn dros yr wythnosau nesaf.

Os oes gennych unrhyw ymholiadau, anfonwch nhw mewn e-bost at [email protected]

Dear all

I’m pleased to inform you that the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Bill (Bill) was passed by the Senedd on the 6 December.

This is an important step in ensuring Wales is free from unnecessary single-use plastics (SUP). By banning or restricting the supply of commonly littered products we will avoid leaving a toxic plastic legacy for future generations to deal with. It will also help us respond to the climate and nature emergencies.

We have prepared initial awareness raising infographic materials (attached) for businesses and disabled people. Please share these with your stakeholders.

For businesses, the information sets out how businesses should prepare for the bans, and for disabled people the information sets out how single-use plastic straws can still be accessed by disabled people who need this product to eat and drink safely and independently.

As we have previously set out, additional awareness raising materials will be developed in 2023, as well as comprehensive guidance, developed in collaboration with stakeholders. We will provide further information on this in the coming weeks.

If you have any queries, please forward them to [email protected]


Jack Sanders

Single Use Plastics Policy Officer
Diogeli’r Amgylchedd / Environmental Protection Division

Llywodraeth Cymru/ Welsh Government

Parc Cathays/ Cathays Park

Caerdydd CF10 3NQ/ Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Rhif ffôn / Phone no: 03000250991

[email protected]  / [email protected]


With apologies for posting this information late.

Woodland Management – National Forest for Wales

From: [email protected] <[email protected]On Behalf Of [email protected]

I am delighted to introduce the new National Forest for Wales team who are based in Natural Resources Wales.

Stacey Delbridge, is the Team leader and there are six National Forest Woodland Liaison officers based in each of the Area Statement regions. The team will facilitate and enable woodland owners with their ambitions to create and enhance woodlands in accordance with the National Forest Outcomes and help to bring woodlands into the National Forest for Wales Network via the status scheme.

The National Forest for Wales is inclusive, it covers all woodland types and settings. Woodlands will be recognised as National Forest sites by demonstrating they meet the three essential outcomes (left hand side) and at least one desirable outcome (right hand side) from the six above. The status scheme is currently in development and is due to be launched in the Spring.

There is funding available via different options to help with meeting the National Forest outcomes and the team can signpost woodland owners to relevant schemes and support applications to the Woodland Investment Grant.

The team would like to work with you to help expand the National Forest for Wales network, please contact Stacey Delbridge [email protected] to connect with the team.


As Ilston Community residents and representatives we share a common concern in respect of the traffic passing through our community.  We are impacted by both the year-round volume of traffic and the behaviour of some road users.

A working group was established last year within Ilston Community Council with the specific objective of identifying measures to improve the safety of all road users within the community. The focus of this group has been on how this might be achieved through the moderation of traffic speed and the encouragement of more considerate driving.

A report has been prepared and will be submitted to both our local Councillor and Swansea Council. It is the first step in a process that we know will take time to realise as we are operating within an increasingly budget constrained world – however we will continue to press for change.  The report, focussing on the most problematic stretch of the A4118, represents the first phase of the work. The next phase will reach further into our community and other roads.

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The Ramblers – pledge your support for our paths

From the Ramblers organisation……  “Walking and connecting with nature is essential for our health and wellbeing, but for too long there has been a lack of investment in the national asset that is our Public Rights of Way network…. We are calling on the Welsh Government to improve access to our path network”.

For further information, and to pledge your support follow one of the two links here.

Update 27th Oct – Japanese Knotweed Treatment in Parkmill/Ilston

Ursula Jones, Communities and Nature Project Officer for Gower AONB has let us know that the current round of treatment of the Japanese knotweed in Parkmill / Ilston Valley is complete.

This should result in reduced regrowth next spring.  The contractors expect to be back in winter to cut the dead canes down in one of the large stands in Ilston Woods.  We will be contacted when this is likely to happen.

Another survey of the regrowth will be conducted between May and July next year and a third round of herbicide treatment is planned for autumn 2023.

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