10 November 1995

Communitys the winner in Welsh award scheme

Community projects feature on most Young Farmers Clubs programmes. In Wales clubs are encouraged to undertake them by a rural

life projects scheme which offers financial prizes. The six finalists for 1995 have now been chosen

OF the 22 clubs which entered the Wales Young Farmers Rural Life Projects scheme 11 achieved what they set out to do. Six of the projects were considered worthy of awards and those clubs have now been visited by the judges. There is a £200 first prize at stake and the winning club will be announced next month

Finalists include Vale of Clwyd YFC, which, although unable to realise its original plan of cleaning the banks of the Elwy river in St Asaph, has carried out a worthwhile alternative project of establishing a mountain bike track for local youngsters. Photographer Tegwyn Roberts visited the club while work was in progress.

The five other clubs with an equal chance of winning include two in Brecknock, Bwlch & Crickhowell YFC, which established a pond and nature area on a farm at Llangattock, and Llanigon YFC, which completed three courses in the YFC skills for life programme. Club members studied horse management and the crafts of drystone walling and hedge laying.

Members of Brawdy YFC, Pembrokeshire, worked with pupils of St Davids County Primary School to research and develop a conservation area at the school. Porthdinllaen YFC members worked to renovate coastal paths in Eryri, a task which involved improving drainage and steps and making stiles, while members of Llangoed YFC, Anglesey, continued work on their village hall. The clubs 1994 project entailed renovating the inside of the hall. This year members have been working on the outside and the surrounding area, a project that included clearing brambles and rubbish and straightening the iron railings.

The 1995 Rural Life Projects scheme is part of the European Nature Conservation Year celebrations, which aim to encourage community awareness of local environments and to work to conserve them.