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Wales Rural Network News Round-up Issue 3


What’s Happening in Wales?

Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows

Current Expression of Interest (EOI) Windows are set to close in the next few weeks, see below for the schemes this relates to.

Food Business Investment Scheme

EOI Window Closes 25th April 2016

The Food Business Investment Scheme offers support for investments in processing/marketing and/or development of agricultural products.

Sustainable Management Scheme

EOI Window Closes 7th May 2016

The Sustainable Management Scheme provides financial support for a range of activities that will improve the management of our natural resources. This funding will contribute to the well-being of our rural communities.

Sustainable Production Grant Scheme

EOI Window Closes 25th April 2016

The Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) Scheme is a capital grant support package aimed at farmers in Wales.

Co-operation and Supply Chain Development

EOI Window Closes 9 May 2016

The Co-operation and Supply Chain Development Scheme supports co-operation activities across the agriculture, food and forestry sectors.

Farming Connect – Skills and Mentoring programme

EOI Window Closes 29th April 2016

Through our Skills and Mentoring programme, eligible individuals registered with Farming Connect can access up to 80% funding for completing short accredited training courses in key areas.

Glastir Woodland Restoration

EOI Window Closes 29th April 2016

Funding is available to replant areas of larch that have been felled to prevent the spread of the Phytophthora ramorum disease affecting the trees.

Glastir Woodland Creation

EOI Window Closes 29th April 2016

The Glastir Woodland Creation Scheme provides financial support for new planting. Financial support is also available for planting trees in areas that continue to be grazed as part of an Agroforestry system i.e combining agriculture and forestry.

Glastir Woodland Element Up-take Survey

Glastir Woodland Schemes were introduced to replace in part the Better Woodlands for Wales (BWW) Scheme and are part of the wider Glastir management plan. This report studies the up-take of Glastir Woodland Schemes within the previous Rural Development Plan.

Supply Chain Efficiency Scheme Evaluation

Read this final independent evaluation report of the Supply Chain Efficiency Scheme, funded through Axis 1 of the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, including case studies of funded projects.

Wild Forest Products Fair

On 27 May 2016, Llais Y Goedwig and Wild Resources Ltd will be hosting the first ever Wild Forest Products Fair at Glynllifon Country Park near Caernarfon. Over the past three years Llais y Goedwig have been part of the Startree project which researches how we utilise the resources of our forests and woodlands for the benefit of communities, individuals and small enterprises. The project compares practices in Wales with other European countries to help stimulate interest in the sustainable use of forest resources for generating income in rural areas. The fair will showcase the work of the Startree project.

What’s Happening in the UK?

Promoting your project online

Publicising your project via online channels is a great way to let people know about the amazing work that you’re doing in your community. It’s also a good way for people to see how funding is making an impact on residents and their communities. Read this useful guide from Big Lottery Fund.

Village SOS – get in touch…..

Village SOS is a UK-wide campaign, who have a network of organisations available to help ensure projects can seek advice and support locally. They have dedicated staff who will work with you to consider how Village SOS could help you and develop an action plan tailored to your project’s needs.

Case studies from Scottish LEADER programme

Visual evidence highlighting six of the inspiring projects from the 2007-13 Scottish LEADER programme has been published recently. View this film produced by the Scottish Rural Network.

What’s Happening in Europe?

Greenhouse gas emissions and rural development in the EU 

Climate change objectives are now featured in a wide range of policies, including the European Rural Development Programme, which promotes sustainable agricultural interventions.

Rural networking explained

Connecting Rural Europe – What is Rural Networking? Read the new ENRD booklet on rural networking in Europe here.

Inspirational ideas: Adding a touch of spice to improve animal health

In Greece, a project has found that adding aromatic plants such as oregano, sage and rosemary to sheep feed has a number of benefits. The sheep are healthier and the anti-oxidant properties of the meat are improved, giving it a longer shelf life.

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