Newport-born actress Aimee-Ffion Edwards has taken time out from filming to pledge her support for the #SaveTheGwentLevels campaign by recording the world-famous poem Leisure, by W.H Davies.
After hearing about the campaign from Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT), she recorded the poem at Monmouth’s legendary Rockfield Studios, warning that the proposed new M4, “will cut through the heart of this historic landscape.”
Aimee-Ffion and Gwent Wildlife Trust are appealing to decision-makers to take time to consider the beauty of the Gwent Levels and its value to the people of Wales.
The Welsh poem’s famous lines, “What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare” are written on a bronze statue of the ‘Supertramp’ poet in central Newport. It warns of the effect of hectic modern life on the human spirit - basically if we do not take time to observe and enjoy the natural world around us, our lives will be much poorer as a consequence.
Aimee-Ffion, star of Peaky Blinders and The Detectorists, narrated the poem over breath-taking footage of just some of the vast and varied rare wildlife found on the proposed route of the road, such otters, water voles and cranes.
This footage was all captured on the threatened Gwent Levels by GWT's trustee and volunteer Rob Waller and filmmaker Neil Aldridge with everyone involved in creating the 3-minute film donating their time and skills to the campaign.