Farmers in Glamorgan are showcasing their environmental successes on-farm following a challenge put to the industry during NFU Cymru’s seminar at the Royal Welsh Show, Productive agriculture and the environment working together.
During the seminar, which included panellists from RSPB Cymru, NRW, Welsh Government, the Wildlife Trust Wales and NFU Cymru, it was evident that farmers need to promote all the great environmental work carried out on their farms on a day-to-day basis.
This has led to an industry-wide push to showcase #EnvironmentalSuccess. Abi Reader, Glamorgan NFU Cymru County Chairman, and the first to tweet her successes, said: “The message coming from the NFU Cymru seminar seemed to show that people don’t actually know the great work going on at farm level.
“With Brexit negotiations now ongoing, it’s vital that we showcase that the industry delivers so much for the economy, rural communities, the landscape, environment and heritage of Wales. Investing in agriculture will deliver for Wales on so many different levels – it is a great return on investment.
“During the Vale of Glamorgan Show, NFU Cymru has organised various meetings with AMs and MPs to further highlight the work that farmers are doing, we will be sure to ask every politician to get involved and help spread the Back Welsh Farming message.”
Rachel Lewis-Davies who kick-started the initiative by challenging the industry to showcase their environmental successes said: “We as farmers know the great work that’s taking place on farms across the UK. Farmers manage over 80% of the land area of Wales and are a huge contributor to the tourism industry worth £2.8 billion. 676,000 hectares of farmed land is looked after under agri-environment schemes and productive farming is being coupled with environmental protection and enhancement.
“But what we haven’t done is celebrated our own success as an industry enough. We must take every opportunity to promote our efforts and to ensure that everyone is aware of the great work that farmers are doing 365 days of the year.”
Farmers from across the UK have embraced the opportunity and so far, the Twitter campaign has seen farmers showcase, bird, bees and butterfly populations, uplands management, tree planting, pond restoration and so much more – all using #EnvironmentalSuccess.
During the Vale of Glamorgan Show NFU Cymru will be encouraging local farmers to get involved in this great initiative and to tweet pictures of their #EnvironmentalSuccess.