Countryside Care Area
Visitors to the Royal Welsh Show who are seeking information or advice on issues which could be crucial to their future plans, particularly where they involve all elements of rural development, should visit the Showground's Countryside Care area. It is one of the most interesting and informative sections of the Show. It was created in 1990 as an extension of the Country Pursuits section and was a logical outcome of increasing public awareness of sustainability and environmental issues.
Agri-environmental initiatives have evolved over the last 20 years and, accordingly, the area has expanded. It has developed into an important feature of the Show, not only as an attraction for family visitors but also as a comprehensive source of knowledge for farmers who are guardians of the countryside. Those wishing to learn more about Sustainable Farming Systems, for example, are welcomed. Further guidance can also be gathered through a visit to the Welsh Government Pavilion, adjacent to the area, and an opportunity to discuss rural policy and Welsh Government initiatives with duty-staff.
This year our Countryside Care area includes exhibitions featuring energy saving equipment; traditional building methods; environmental and wildlife organisations; heritage and recreational facilities. The adjoining Sports Village and Country Pursuits have been favourite attractions for visitors since the 1970's and make this a popular venue on the showground not to be missed.
In recent years we have created a friendlier hub with the introduction of a vintage tea room near the environmental pond with indoor and outdoor seating.
There is also a focus by most organisations and companies exhibiting to provide activity for the family group.
The British Association of Shooting and Conservation will feature a game cookery demonstration programme, a shooting simulator, clay pigeon challenge and competitions for children such as spot the bird.
Ty Mawr Lime will arrange a programme of talks and will be joined by the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Powys Memorial Project, The Landmark Trust, Welsh School of Architecture amongst others in their marquee exhibition. There will be demonstrations on erecting a timber frame, plastering and decorative plaster work and so forth.
The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens will exhibit in the section for the first time and plan to produce a community garden for growing food, a biodiversity area, wildlife habitats, a pond area and activities for children such as a mud kitchen and seed bomb making.
Pond dipping - will be arranged by the RSPB in the environmental pond and they will arrange an area for parents to relax whilst their children discover the joys of pond life.
Plots (demonstration)- There will be demonstration plots organised by IBERS, also a display of Energy Crops to include Miscanthus as well as a demonstration by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.
Dry Stonewalling Association – They will be building another permanent dry stone wall structure on the showground near the demonstration pond area. The seat in memory of the great Welsh fisherman Moc Morgan will be placed on the feature.
Eggseeds – will be offering a range of craft and interactive workshops with creative activities for children to take home – sign writing, pyrography, bug hotels, ribbon flowers, drift wood craft and the hungry caterpillar child’s interactive play space.
Hedgelaying Demonstrations – Two craftsmen, David James and Gerald Morgan will demonstrate the skill of hedgelaying at the event.
Among the organisations present in the area at this year’s Show are:
- The Adventurer – Quality binoculars
- Albion Books
- British Association for Shooting & Conservation
- Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
- Coed Cadw (The Woodland Trust)
- Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
- Energy Now will feature:
-Energy Now & Diversify Now Magazines
-Northern Industrial Battery Services
-Novalux Energy Solutions
- Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
- Gemwair Fly Fishing
- National Hedgelaying
- Natural Resources Wales
- Parenting. Give it Time
- Reaseheath College
- RSPB Cymru
- Shropshire Union Canal Society
- SongBird Survival
- Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd
- West Wales Tackle
- Wildlife Trusts Wales
Full details can be found on the tradestand page or in the official catalogue