For Bute’s consultation documents: https://nantmithilenergypark.wales/nant-mithil-project-documentation/
Bute online response form: https://nantmithilenergypark.wales/

Daily Dose 1 – to see full image: https://nantmithilenergypark.wales/wp-content/uploads/2024-04-30_Volume-4_Figure-5.1-to-Figure-5.9.pdf
Chapter 5 of Non Technical Summary: https://nantmithilenergypark.wales/wp-content/uploads/2024-04-30_Non-Technical-Summary-1.pdf



Back in July 2015, BRECON AND RADNOR CPRW started cataloguing all the applications for intensive poultry farms in Powys to show the public just how many there were and how fast the numbers of applications and approvals were increasing every single month.

We knew the chicken manure and ammonia emissions were polluting our rivers and reducing plant biodiversity. But this did not stop Powys Planning, advised by Natural Resources Wales, allowing more and more.

You can see our much-consulted Powys Chicken Map  here.

Later, we joined with our English colleague, Dr Alison Caffyn, to show that the “chicken capital of Europe” spreads over Powys, Herefordshire and Shropshire. There are over 10 million chickens in Powys alone and 20 million in the cross-border catchment of the iconic river Wye.

Powys will not listen and so CPRW has kept on asking the Welsh Government to STOP approval of more intensive chicken farms.

There are still twelve more Powys poultry planning applications waiting for decision by Powys County Council. Since Spring 2023, these have been put under “Holding Directions” by the Welsh Government. This means Powys could not approve yet more intensive chicken farms for the past year but we still do not know whether the Welsh Government will let them go ahead.

Now there are lots of UK organisations joining in and asking for Government action in both England and Wales. The latest petition from the Soil Association asks …….

“UK Governments to implement a ban on new intensive poultry units, support farmers to exit this damaging industry, and take action to reduce chicken consumption to more sustainable levels”

Please watch the film and sign this PETITION to Stop Killing our Rivers – and forward to others who would support this cause.

Powys Intensive Poultry Units Update January 2024

Powys Intensive Poultry Units Update January 2024

There have been interesting developments with no new applications in 2023 – and no approvals either – and there have been very welcome changes in NRW scrutiny of applications.

However, it remains to be seen how much control there will be over the negative impacts of all the existing units:

  • ammonia emissions impacting on plant biodiversity and human health;
  • nutrient excesses impacting soils and rivers.

After considerable public pressure, the Avara Foods Sustainable Poultry road map undertakes to export excess manure out of the River Wye catchment but we do not know exactly which or how many Wye catchment broiler IPUs operate under Avara contracts in Powys. There are a lot of free range egg units in Powys and half the county is in the River Severn catchment.

Meanwhile the Welsh Government has the 12 undecided poultry unit applications on its list of Planning Decisions Before the Welsh Ministers.

For a more detailed update see the Powys Intensive Poultry Units January 2024 page.

The Crisis With Our Rivers – at Hay Festival

The Crisis With Our Rivers – at Hay Festival

At the main festival (Thursday 25th May to Sunday 4th June 2023) there is plenty to go for, but the big day for the River Wye is Wednesday 31st May.

SOS: What’s the Rescue Plan for the Wye?

  • Christine Hugh-Jones and Dr. Alison Caffyn present the CPRW / CPRE Wye Catchment Intensive Poultry Unit Map;
  • Impact of Factory-farmed Chicken, legal battles for the Wye and what we can learn from the Cargill poultry judgement in Oklahoma;
  • Wild Woman of the Wye – Angela Jones;
  • Oliver Bullough on Bathing Status;
  • Radnorshire Wildlife Trust;
  • Poetry, and more.

This is a free event organised by CPRW partners, Friends of the Upper Wye, on Wednesday 31st May from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

It’s event number 211, in the Covered Area opposite the Food Hall. Just drop in; no need for tickets.

This is followed later that day by:

The Battle for Britain’s Rivers

Nicola Cutcher, an investigative journalist from Friends of the Upper Wye, interviews 3 experts:
Jyoti Bannerjee: co-founder of North Star Transition who launched the Wye-Usk Transition Lab;
Simon Evans: CEO of the Wye and Usk Foundation;
Tessa Wardley: communications and advocacy director at The Rivers Trust.

This is at 7.00pm on Wednesday 31st May, event number 224 on the Wales Stage. You will need a ticket for this event.

As well as these events, Friends of the Upper Wye will have an exhibition throughout the Hay Festival (25th May – 4th June), sharing information, data, maps, photography and art about the crisis on the River Wye. This will be at the Food Hall.

Take a look through the Hay Festival Event Program because there is lots more of interest: George Monbiot and Minette Batters, Isabella Tree of Knepp rewilding fame, and plenty of other talks and walks with countryside and environment themes.

CPRW Brecon & Radnor litter pick on 8th May

CPRW Brecon & Radnor litter pick on 8th May

Are you fed up with litter around our beautiful county? Do you want to help in the final push to get Presteigne’s newest nature reserve planted? CPRW Brecon & Radnor are joining with Coed Llanandras, Presteigne’s new area for nature recovery, to organise a litter-pick and tree-planting morning on Monday May 8th at 10.30am (till about 1pm). If you would like to take part (and do one or the other, or both) then come to our meeting point, the entrance to Coed Llanandras, opposite The Warden (Warden Road, Presteigne LD8 2NL). Wear stout shoes and bring water/flask of coffee. Cake will be provided. It would help us plan if you can let us know you are coming (but it’s not essential): email emma.lilley@btinternet.com. We look forward to seeing you!



NFU Cymru Brecon & Radnor County Chair, Sharon Hammond, interviewed by Paul Whitehouse in Our Troubled Rivers: Series 1 Episode 2. BBC 5th March 2023 “Anything we apply to the ground is not allowed to be less than three metres from the river…”

Sharon Hammond runs a 120,000 intensive broiler-chicken raising enterprise contracted with AVARA (merged Cargill and Faccenda UK poultry enterprise) at Upper Dollwynhir on the River Ithon in the catchment of the highly protected, but dying, RIVER WYE.

CPRW interactive Powys intensive poultry planning map shows this is one of many:

Sharon shows Paul a faint manure-spreading line in the grass very close to the river:

Sharon says: “anything we apply to the ground is not allowed to be less than three metres from the river…”

Paul says: “you see, that seems quite close to me, Sharon, now who decides that?”

Sharon says: “that is a Welsh Government Directive…”

Paul says: ‘to me the river looks dead…”

The Welsh Regulations say:

Welsh food & farming – what does the future hold? Bwyd a ffermio Cymru – beth sydd gan y dyfodol?

Welsh food & farming – what does the future hold? Bwyd a ffermio Cymru – beth sydd gan y dyfodol?

We are very pleased to announce that we’ve got a new date for CPRW’s postponed Welsh Food and Farming discussion event, details above. (You may download a PDF poster of this event by clicking here or on the image above.)

Come and join the discussion. What does sustainability mean in action and what can consumers and policy-makers do to support farmers as we make the transition towards a more sustainable food production system? Panellists will include Welsh Government talking about the Sustainable Farming Scheme and Peter Fox on his new Food (Wales) Bill. Also Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust, and farmers and growers who will share the changes they are making – and the challenges they’re facing.

Do come along if you can. Please follow this link to Eventbrite for tickets – £5 in advance, £3 concessions on the door for farmers, food producers and under 30s, or £6/£4 on the door.

Mourning period

Mourning period

The members and Board of CPRW join the nation in mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II yesterday evening.

As a mark of respect, all events will be CANCELLED in the period of National Mourning which concludes two days after the Burial on the 19th September.

This unfortunately includes the Welsh Food and Farming event that was due to take place in Knighton next weekend, on the 17th September. CPRW would like to thank all those that purchased tickets and those who were due to speak at the event.

This event will be rescheduled as soon as practically possible. We thank you for your understanding.

If you had already purchased tickets a full refund should have already been made through Eventbrite, if this is not the case, please contact info@cprwmail.org.uk




Has farming and food production ever faced so much uncertainty? We hope you can join us on the 17th September for a day of conversation around some of the pressing questions facing Welsh farming. The day will take the form of a series of panel discussions in which farmers/growers, food businesses, campaigning groups, policy makers and the wider public come together to exchange views and share the challenges facing us all of rising fuel & feed costs, food security, water scarcity… See programme below.

Tickets are available on the Eventbrite link Welsh food & farming – where do we go from here? Tickets, Sat 17 Sep 2022 at 09:00 | Eventbrite.

Programme as follows:

9.30am Farming with nature – how can we make sustainability pay? (moderator: Jenny Rouquette, Shropshire Good Food Partnership) Panellists: farmers Marc Jones, Hywel Morgan and Ben Taylor-Davies; Tony Little (Landworkers’ Alliance); Mick Westrip (Rhos Market Garden/Rhos Organic)

11.15am Policy reform and practical challenges – what’s changing and what needs to change? (moderator: Gary Mitchell, Food Policy Alliance Cymru) Dave Ashford from Welsh Government will talk about their Sustainable Farming Scheme proposals and Tyler Walsh about the new Wales Food Bill, together with Patrick Holden (CEO of the Sustainable Food Trust), Dennis Matheson (Tenant Farmers Association Cymru) and Holly Tomlinson (policy co-ordinator, Landworkers’ Alliance)

12.30–1.15pm Lunch

1.15–2.15pm Old ways/new ways – practical solutions and initiatives in the transition to a more sustainable food & farming system (moderator: farmer Ben Taylor-Davies) Panellists: representative from Black Mountains College; Ed Dickson (farmer/Wild by Nature); Emma Douglas (farmer/Pasture for Life); Marisa Heath (Small Abattoirs Task & Finish Group); Sorcha Lewis (farmer/Nature Friendly Farming Network); Rob Penn from Stump Up for Trees

2.35–3.45pm The bigger picture – Wales and global responsibility (moderator: James Hitchcock, CEO Radnorshire Wildlife Trust) Panellists: Rhys Evans (sustainable lead, Nature Friendly Farming Network); Kevin Rahman-Daultrey (Size of Wales); representative from World Wildlife Fund Cymru

3.45pm–4pm Conclusion & final thoughts

Registration is from 9am–9.15am. Tea and coffee will be provided. Lunch can be purchased on-site. The event will end no later than 4.15pm