National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

01 June 2011

YFC’s awarded for contribution towards local environments

Two Wales YFC clubs have been awarded for their environmental and community projects as part of the Wales YFC Community and Environment Challenge supported by the Countryside Council of Wales.

A number of YFC clubs, taking part in the challenge, presented details of their environmental and community work to a panel of judges during the Royal Welsh Small Holders and Garden Festival held recently at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman said: “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.”  

Entries for 2011 were once again diverse with clubs from across Wales entering a variety of different projects within the two categories - countryside and environment and community and heritage.  

The much deserving winner of the ‘Countryside and Environment’ category  was “Helping the local community in different ways”, a project undertaken by Llysyfran YFC, Pembrokeshire. During the past year the club has played an active role in enhancing the local environment within their community. Members of the club have opened up and re-stoned the historic local church path, re-decorated Clarbeston Road Memorial Hall along with maintaining and managing a traditional hedgerow which had overgrown making it difficult for residents to reach the local bus shelter. Members also organised community events, including a safe local bonfire display and a 10km run around a local reservoir to promote healthy living.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Mr Alun Davies, Countryside Council for Wales said:
“We saw a high standard of competition once again this year, with seven clubs represented at the Smallholders and Garden Festival at the Royal Welsh Showground, to display and present their project’s. It was pleasing to see a lot of planning work followed by excellent hands on work by YFC members across Wales.”

Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman, Rhys Evans added:
“Llysyfran YFC were worthy winners of this category. The five projects that they have undertaken within their community will benefit the local environment and residents for a number of years to come.”

Brecknock County YFC were the winners of the ‘Community and Heritage’ Challenge with their “Keeping Memories Alive” project. The county Federation have taken an active role in preserving the heritage of the last community of the Epynt, where seventy years ago, 54 families were evicted to make way for the Sennybridge Ranges. As a part of the project, memorabilia relating to the Epynt was collected to complete a tour of the local area, educating all kinds of people about the history of this special area of upland Wales. A celebration day was also held which attracted around 350 people to be lead by tour guides to learn about the lost community along with a day for local primary schools which saw 200 pupils from four schools experiencing a taste of what life was like on the Epynt. The Federation also organised a concert with a performance of the Welsh play, Golau’r Epynt and other items.  

“This project was an excellent project completed over a period of an year. The project will conserve the history of the Epynt area for a number of years and at the same time offered entertainment and enjoyment to a large number of local residents and visitors to the area. Hearing about the clubs working with local children to enjoy and experience traditional rural crafts gave us an idea of how a close society succeeds.” stated Alun Davies.

Rhys Evans noted,
“For keeping the memories of the people of the Epynt communities alive, this project deserved their place in this category.

“Many of our clubs across Wales get involved in community and environmental projects on a regular basis - volunteering skills and labour. The Community and Environment Challenge help 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 assistance to make these projects happen.”


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