Gethin Jones being presented with the cheque from judges Elin Havard, Wales YFC Junior Member of the Year, Iwan Thomas, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman and Alun Davies, NRW.
Llandefalle YFC from Brecknock have been rewarded for the work undertaken in their local community as part of the Wales YFC En-Pact Challenge, supported by Natural Resources Wales.
A number of YFC clubs, taking part in the challenge, presented details of their environmental and community work to a panel of judges during the Royal Welsh Winter Fair held recently at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.
The En-Pact Challenge rewards members for their efforts to enhance local environments and communities. The project must include at least two of the following: Countryside, Community, Environment, and Heritage. Llandefalle’s winning project, entitled ‘Llandefalle Hedge Their Bets’ aimed to reintroduce the traditional craft of hedge laying into their club by training members, in the hope that it will aid family farms in becoming more sustainable and also to help preserve the skill for future generations. Llandefalle member Gethin Jones impressed the panel with his passionate exhibition of the work carried out by the club and helped to take home the cheque for £500 towards the project.
Two runners up received a cheque for £250; these were Eglwyswrw YFC, Pembrokeshire and Trecastle YFC, also from Brecknock.
Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman Iwan Thomas said,
“The awards are a great way of getting members to work together and learn new skills. They also ultimately benefit the wider Welsh environment and rural community. Many of our clubs across Wales get involved in community and environmental projects on a regular basis - volunteering skills and labour. The En-pact Challenge helps these clubs gain recognition for all their hard work.”