A better future for farmers, nature and people

Danny Griffith

Monday 22 October 2018

RSPB organic farm at Lake Vyrnwy

This event will be a display of vibrant colours and will see an open letter with over 3,000 public responses handed to Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs.

Location: The Senedd, Cardiff.
Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Time: 10.30 – 11.00am

Wales Environment Link members will be gathering on the Senedd steps to raise awareness of RSPB Cymru, Wildlife Trust Wales and WWF Cymru campaigns supporting the Welsh Government policies on future land management set out in Brexit and Our Land: The Future of Welsh Farming.

Artwork designed by a local Cardiff artist, Millimagic, will be a show of flamboyant colours, depicting the decline of species such as curlews, water voles, marsh fritillary butterflies and lapwings and their habitat loss in Wales - a key issue in the WEL members’ campaigns. The partnership will then hand over a summary of the campaigns to date to Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs in an open letter.

The campaigns to date have generated over 3,000 responses to the Brexit and Our Land consultation. NGOs hope to use the opportunity to raise awareness of the need for a public goods scheme in a future land management policy for Wales. In an associated campaign, the Woodland Trust has delivered 1,145 postcards to Assembly Members, advocating for agroforestry to be part of delivering public goods.

Members available to be interviewed on the day will include:

• Roger Thomas, Chair of Wales Enviroment Link
• Rachel Sharp, CEO of Wildlife Trusts Wales
• Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru
• Arfon Williams, RSPB Cymru Land Use Manager
• Rhys Evans, RSPB Cymru Agricultural Policy Officer
• Natasha Yorke-Edgell, RSPB Cymru Campaigns Officer
• Llinos Price, Woodland Trust Policy Officer


To confirm your attendance or enquire for further information, please contact:

Danny Griffith, RSPB Cymru Communications Officer, 01248 672850, danny.griffith@rspb.org.uk.

Editor’s notes:
1. The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
2. Wales Environment Link (WEL) is a network of 29 eNGOs. Their vision is a healthy, sustainably managed environment and countryside with safeguarded heritage in which the people of Wales and future generations can prosper. WEL has been working on developing sustainable land management models over the last year, having launched their Sustainable Land Management Vision in 2017.

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