National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

04 January 2010

Community and environment challenge awards winners

Three Wales Young Farmers’ Clubs were rewarded for their environmental projects and community spirit as part of the Wales YFC Community and Environment Challenge.

Clubs from across Wales entered a variety of different projects in three categories for 2009: countryside and environment, community and heritage and events and entertainment.

Wentwood YFC (Gwent) won the countryside and environment challenge with its Secret Garden. Working to designs from local schoolchildren, the club transformed a disused area of land into an outdoor classroom and secret garden for a local primary school as a safe area for the pupils to play in and explore nature.

The garden included a sensory path and a log circle for storytelling, and a willow sculpture is currently being produced as the finishing touch.

Llantrisant YFC (Glamorgan) won the community and heritage category with its entry called Care About Your Food, We Do, which saw the club take an active role in the local Open Farm Sunday event co-ordinated by Leaf (Linking Environment and Farming). The club also organised nature walks to show the local community the amount of wildlife that can be found on a typical farm, as well as educational sessions on food and farming.

Erwood YFC (Brecknock) won the entertainment and events category by raising more than £6,000 for charity through innovative events including a drovers-themed meal and a fashion show using recycled clothes from a charity shop which were then auctioned off. The club was also involved in Welly Week to support and raise awareness of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman Dylan Jones said: “Many of our clubs across Wales get involved in community and environmental projects on a regular basis - volunteering skills, labour and fundraising. The Community and Environment Challenge helps these clubs gain recognition for all their hard work.

“With the money available through Wales YFC, with grant support from the Countryside Council for Wales, we are able to offer financial help to make these projects happen.

“The awards are a great way of getting members to work together and learn new skills. They also ultimately benefit the wider Welsh environment and rural community.”


04 January 2010

Carols and Christmas hampers for Brecknock YFC

 

A carol service at the Plough Chapel, Brecon, saw Brecknock YFC collect almost £250 for the chapel and Wales YFC’s 2009 charity, Kidney Wales.

The clubs also donated hampers to Powys County Council's social services team to be given to young people leaving care and on their own for Christmas for the first time.

All 14 Young Farmers’ Clubs in the federation took part in the service led by Rev Michael Hodgson.


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