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Brecknock YFC celebrate 80th by planting oaks

NRW and a group of volunteer members from Brecknock YCF planting the oak saplings

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has donated oak saplings to Brecknock Young Farmers Club (YFC) to help celebrate Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ 80th anniversary.

NRW and a group of volunteer members from Brecknock YCF planted the oak saplings on Friday 23 March, as part of a mixed deciduous woodland, located along the Taff Trail in Talybont forest. 

Talybont forest is the background to a pilot project within Wales. This project is working in partnership with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) to undertake different management of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate to benefit a multitude of different ecosystem services, including water quality. 

Marc Williams, last year’s Senior Member of the Year for Brecknock YFC said: 

The old adage that “from little acorns, big oak trees grow’ is reflected in the opportunities to gain new skills and experiences and make lifelong friendships that the YFC has provided its members over the last 80 years and will continue to provide.  

“The YFC woodland has been planted in an ideal location for the public to see and appreciate as the woodland matures. 

“This joined-up approach to managing our natural resources to create a healthier and more resilient environment is a fitting tribute the largest rural youth organisation in Wales.” 

Michael Cresswell, Land Management Officer for Natural Resources Wales, said: 

“We take a joined-up approach to managing our natural resources to create a healthier and more resilient environment. 

“We’re really proud to support Brecknock YFC  - this work will hopefully increase young farmers’ understanding of what happens during forest management, which will hopefully create more joined up land management in future generations. 

Traditionally, an 80th anniversary is symbolised by the mighty oak, which denotes strength and longevity, with branches resembling a growing family and acorns promising growth and unlimited potential. 

The oak saplings being planted under this partnership were donated by Natural Resources Wales; Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia National Park Authorities, together with Tilhill Forestry.

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