has farmed at Gadr, Llangovan for over 25 years and had
built up an enviable reputation in environmental management,
a challenging task in these uncertain days. The support
he has received from a range of grants and awards has enabled
him to develop the 25 acre ancient woodland site which is
a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Tir-Gofal scheme administered by the Welsh Assembly is now
in its ninth year of a ten year grant and Better Woodlands
for Wales , managed by the Forestry Commission, aids with
woodland management and new woodland creation. Alan
has also been successful in grant aid from the Wye Valley
AONB Sustainable Development Fund, the Veteran Tree Management
Scheme and the Landscape Management Grant In 2006 Gadr was
voted runner -up in the Better Woodlands for Wales. In 2007
he was awarded the CPRW Rural Wales Award and this year
gained the RSPB Nature of Farming Awards for Wales.
farm is used regularly for educational school groups who
take part in pond dipping and environmental activities.
Alan is passionate about his wildlife management work: 'The
environmental work has become part of farming practice here,'
he said. 'There
is a definite need for continuing financial support to enable
farmers to carry out environmentally friendly farming. That
is what the public wants and that is what the landscape
will be a chance to visit Gadr Farm in June when Alan, together
with the Wye Valley AONB Unit, will be organizing a farm
walk and environmental activities in conjunction with the
national Open Farm Sunday on June 13. Make a date in your
diary to come along and see a very special farm and some
rather incredible conservation work.
you are interested in environmental improvements to your
farm then the Wye Valley AONB Unit can award cash grants
towards landscape and biodiversity enhancement projects.
The grants are made possible through funding from the Countryside
Council for Wales and Natural England. For more information
please contact Wye Valley AONB Development Officer Andrew
Nixon on 01600 710841