Support for diversification into the wedding sector, tourism and rural commercial property were topics discussed at the CLA Cymru’s Dyfed branch committee AGM this year. Hosted by David Lewis at the Hean Estate near Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, attendees enjoyed a tour of the estate focused on innovation in farming and management of woodlands, including a large biomass heating system which heats all the farm buildings and main family home
CLA Deputy President and Pembrokeshire landowner, Mark Tufnell said, “Our Dyfed branch region includes many conventional farm businesses, but many businesses which produce brand-leading vegetables, livestock and dairy enterprises many of which have extended into food processing. In the past 18 months, we’ve been eager to support farms, which have diversified into tourism, hospitality and weddings. Severely impacted by the pandemic, we’re committed to provision of further support through the difficult farm support scheme transition-period and re-opening of the economy.”
“Good things are happening, despite the challenges,” Mark added. “New technology’s driven new life into how CLA members can engage with their association. Visitor-numbers to the area have recovered and high demand for tourist accommodation and venues is sustaining.”
“In the post pandemic period, we have a new Welsh Government and many new Senedd members to engage with. Land managers have much to contribute to society’s changing and intensifying priorities notably in tackling climate change and green growth.”
The Committee thanked David Lewis and the Hean Estate for their hospitality and sponsoring the event. Similar thanks go to Owen and Owen, and Delyth Davies from Clee, Thomkinson & Francis who also sponsored the event.