THE FUW’s Owen Slaymaker Memorial Award was awarded to Caernarfon county executive officer Gwynedd Watkin at the annual general meeting
Mr Watkin and his Caernarfonshire team were also presented with an award for enrolling the most new members over the last 12 months at yesterday’s AGM.
Presenting the awards, newly-elected president Glyn Roberts said: “Gwynedd has done some outstanding work over the last year in the county for which we must recognise and thank him. “He has been working with North Wales Police and the three rural crime officers to aid rural policing, filled in over 400 IACS forms for members, completed agricultural construction planning applications on behalf of members, organised branch meetings and has been present at livestock markets within the county at Bryncir and Llanrwst throughout the year.
“Gwynedd has also been busy organising the county’s annual dinner at Nanhoron Arms Hotel, Nefyn, the county’s general meeting at the Marine Hotel, Criccieth, with the candidates for the general election present – which was the first hustings in Wales – and he has successfully assisted members with appeals following on from the Open Access Mapping exercise.” Mr Watkin further represented the FUW and the industry on the Gwynedd Economic Partnership committee, the local implementation sub-group of Gwynedd Economic Partnership – of which he has chairman until January – Gwynedd Environmental Partnership committee, Gwynedd Nature Group, the Arfon and Dwyfor Local Access Forum which he also chaired until January, Snowdonia
National Park agriliaison group, Natural Resources Wales agriliaison group, Gwynedd and Anglesey Fisheries Action Group and Rural Payments Wales’ Online stakeholder group in Llandrindod.
“In addition to that, Gwynedd has also represented the FUW successfully at a variety of events such as the Gwledd Conwy Feast, Sioe Dyffryn Ogwen, Sioe Llanrwst, Ras ‘Redig, Sioe Nefyn and Sioe Caernarfon. “But we must also not forget the effort he has made in raising funds for the president’s charitable causes, Ty Hafan and Ty Gobaith. Together with his county team he organised seven breakfast function and in the process raised £5,000 in 2014 and over £7,300 in 2015,” added Mr Roberts.