Awards at the FWAG Cymru AGM

CHAIRMAN FWAG CYMRU TEGWYN JONES (LEFT) AND TREFOR THOMPSON

CHAIRMAN FWAG CYMRU TEGWYN JONES (LEFT) AND TREFOR THOMPSON

Two significant awards were presented at the Farming and wildlife Advisory Group, Cymru (FwAG Cymru)’s Annual General Meeting held at Dolfor Village Hall, near Newtown last month. Firstly, Trefor Thompson was presented with a hand crafted, engraved, shepherd’s crook made by a farmer from the Elan Valley and a wooden bowl, again hand crafted and engraved. Trefor, who is from Ruthin, Denbighshire, has been involved with FwAG voluntarily in various guises for some 34 years. He was instrumental in securing funding and support for the establishment of FwAG Cymru as a branch of FwAG UK some 15 years ago going on to serve as FwAG Cymru chairman and trustee. He has been an active and pivotal member of the FwAG Gogledd Cymru/North wales FwAG committee, supporting the Farm Conservation Advisers, organising events and undertaking various tasks such as judging the FwAG Cymru – National Grid Silver Lapwing Farm Conservation competition which was held annually. Les Starling, the Secretary of the FwAG Gogledd Cymru/North wales FwAG committee, who himself has been heavily involved voluntarily with FwAG for almost as long as Trefor and continues to assist in numerous roles, paid tribute to Trefor’s input with the awards presented by FwAG Cymru’s current chairman and chairman of FwAG Cymru’s board of directors, Tegwyn Jones, who farms near Mallwyd, Powys. Following the collapse of FwAG UK in 2011, due to problems in some areas of FwAG England, Trefor was again instrumental in assuring the formation of the current, independent organisation, FwAG Cymru. It is testament to his efforts, along with those of very many other individuals and organisations, that FwAG Cymru has developed into the organisation it is today, being the port-of-call of choice for many farmers, in particular in relation to Glastir and increasingly for nutrient management planning. Trefor said: “FwAG Cymru has come a very long way since my involvement with Clwyd FwAG way back in 1983 – I am delighted that it is still going strong and I have every confidence in its future success as I see an increasing demand for its services.” FwAG Cymru is a membership organisation with two tiers of membership – standard membership for those requiring a limited service and FwAG Cyntaf, for those farmers requiring a substantial input from the FwAG Cymru team. The second presentation at the AGM was made to the 200th farmer signing up to the premier membership service, FwAG Cyntaf. This farmer is Huw Roberts of Gyrn, Llanuwchllyn, near Bala, who has been a member with FwAG Cymru for many years but who decided to upgrade his membership so that his FwAG Cymru Farm Conservation Adviser, Euros Jones, could assist with the negotiations of his Glastir Uwch/Advanced contract and guide with its implementation, in particular with the keeping of the mandatory Glastir stocking and activity diaries. The award, again an engraved hand crafted wooden bowl, was presented to Huw by Tegwyn Jones, the FwAG Cymru chairman. Huw said: “I agree entirely with what Gareth Vaughan (former FUw President and a longstanding FwAG Cyntaf member) said at the AGM – that a night’s sleep is a most valuable thing – FwAG Cymru take the stress and strain out of the implementation of the Glastir contracts, ensuring that the prescriptions are followed and associated paperwork kept in order.”

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