Visit the Countryside Care area at Royal Welsh Show

12 July 2013

Visitors to the Royal Welsh Show, particularly farmers who may be seeking information or advice on environmental issues, are being encouraged by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society to go to the showground’s Countryside Care area during the four-day event at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, (July 22-25).

One of the most interesting and important sections of the show, it was created in 1990 as an extension of the Country Pursuits area in response to increasing public awareness of nature conservation and wildlife.

More than 20 organisations and businesses covering a wide range of interests will be located in the area and visitors who want to learn more about renewable energy, organic farming, how to lay a hedge or build a dry stone wall, can obtain all the information on these and many other topics here.  Farmers will also find the Welsh Government’s stand conveniently located on an adjacent site.

Among the organisations exhibiting in the area are Dwr Cymru at whose stand visitors will be able to have their say as to how Welsh Water plans to invest £2bn between 2015 and 2021.  

The National Botanic Garden of Wales exhibit will demonstrate crop rotation and soil improvement techniques and feature its ‘Growing the Future’ project, an exciting new initiative to design and deliver good quality agricultural training opportunities for the community.  Through a series of partner hubs training will be delivered across Wales and at the Botantic Garden itself.

Energy Now will stage an exhibition of farm-based renewable energy projects with a wide range of suppliers and advice and will give workshops and presentations throughout each day.

The Organic Food and Farming Centre – set up by the Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, brings together organisations and companies offering advice services and information to farmers interested in organic production and consumers who want more information about organic food and farming in Wales.

Chris Horne, the chairman and assistant honorary director of the Countryside Care area, said: “This is an exciting and innovative part of the show and we are particularly pleased with the presence of Natural Resources Wales and to feature two exhibitions by Energy Now and Ty Mawr Lime demonstrating the latest techniques as well as traditional skills.  We look forward to welcoming visitors, particularly farmers and their families, who will find many stands offering free advice and information.  There will also be activities for the children.”