CPRW Brecon & Radnor Branch Future Event

CPRW Brecon & Radnor Branch would like to invite you to the event below.

The Future of our Hills – Powys Uplands, Policy and Brexit

An open meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our upland areas.

The Powys uplands have been shaped by traditional upland farming. Our hills are the backdrop to life in rural Powys and a magnet for walkers, riders and others. As well as being the upland farmers’ livelihood, they play a critical environmental role.

But what lies ahead?  With the uncertainties of Brexit & inevitable policy changes, and the very serious challenges facing sheep farming, there is much discussion and speculation about potential changes in land use, including reforestation and rewilding, development for renewable energy, restoration to enhance biodiversity and the environment and payment for ecosystems services.

Brecon and Radnor CPRW is holding a day seminar with expert speakers, open to all, to discuss the future of our uplands, on Saturday 21st October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Knighton Hotel, Knighton, LD7 1BL. Full details in the poster below and attached.

Booking is advised. For further information and to book telephone 01497 821668.

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A map of the seminar location can be found here.


Previous Events

Ponds, Rivers and Poultry
(A report of the seminar can be found here)
An Open meeting to discuss the impact of intensive poultry production in Powys on our freshwater ecosystems.

Saturday 29th October 10.00 am to 3.30 pm at Llanigon Village Hall, near Hay on Wye (postcode: HR3 5QA; grid ref: SO212399; map).

Speakers include:
Steve Ormerod, Professor of Ecology at Cardiff University, Chair of RSPB Council and leading expert in freshwater ecosystems;
Richard Ninnes, Head of Ecosystems, Natural Resources Wales;
Julian Jones, Director, Radnorshire Wildlife Trust;
Kate Adams, Head of Land Use, Wye and Usk Foundation
Peter Powell, Welsh Uplands and Shropshire Middle Severn Catchment Officer, Severn Rivers Trust;
Barbara Brown, OPAL Open Air Laboratories;
Viv Geen, Wildlife Monitoring Officer, Countryside Restoration Trust.

The morning included presentations and discussion of evidence and after lunch a discussion on how can the public help to protect freshwater habitats.



At Talgarth TownHall, on 4th November, Rob Yorke, independent rural commentator, gave a presentation on ‘rewilding’. The presentation was stimulating, and sometimes provocative, and was followed by a good debate amongst the sizable audience on future land use and environmental issues.


Annual General Meeting
(A report of the awards presentation can be found here)
Following the presentation of the Louis Hurley Awards, our Annual General meeting took place on 14th September in the River Café, Glasbury, next door to the converted Baptist Chapel, now the Wye Valley Canoes reception and bunkhouse .

A cup of tea and cake  was followed by the election of Branch officers, the adoption of the Branch Accounts and any urgent business. Our long serving Treasurer, John French, has decided to retire. John has supported CPRW for many years especially through the amalgamation of the Brecknock and Radnor Branches and we wish him the very best in his retirement.