South East Wales

Owner of Welsh Hawking Centre dies after tree felling accident

Ceri 'Griff' Griffiths Image copyright Ceri Griffiths
Image caption Ceri 'Griff' Griffiths launched the Welsh Hawking Centre in 1980

The owner of the Welsh Hawking Centre, near Barry, has died after he was involved in a tree felling accident.

Ceri 'Griff' Griffiths, 71, died in hospital after being struck by part of a tree at the centre, his family confirmed.

Fire and ambulance crews went to the scene on Monday afternoon and Mr Griffiths was airlifted to Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales.

His daughter-in-law Emily Griffiths said: "He was greatly loved."

Former teacher Mr Griffiths launched the Welsh Hawking Centre in the Vale of Glamorgan in 1980 after purchasing the former Cardiff Zoo.

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