WANT to know why ‘pleachers and liggers’ are important? Application window for Farming Connect’s new subsidised hedge laying training course open now

Hedgerows are massively important to most farmers. Not only do they assist in managing stock and provide a visual and aesthetic effect on the landscape but they are also important conservation features, providing corridors of shelter and food for many species of birds and small mammals.

Farming Connect is offering up to 80% support for completing practical hedge laying courses which will be delivered this autumn through its network of approved training providers at locations throughout Wales. The final application window of 2018 for all subsidised Farming Connect training is open now and closes on Friday 26 October 2018.

The training course will cover topics including health and safety; the choice and maintenance of hedging tools and cover a range of hedge species which are suited to the Welsh geology and climate. Attendees will learn basic hedge laying practices which suit the local style as well as basic hedge maintenance skills through practical demonstrations and hands-on practice sessions.

Sarah Lewis, deputy director of Lantra Wales, which delivers the Lifelong Learning and Development programme on behalf of Farming Connect, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, explains why this new course has been introduced.

“Hedgerows are an important part of any landscape; they provide boundary definition, shelter and benefit the wildlife, but to fulfil this role it is important that they are planted appropriately to ensure they are fit for purpose and survive.

“The aim of this new training course, which we’re providing for the first time, is to ensure that every attendee is aware of the need for correct safety procedures in order to reduce the risk of accidents and secondly, that they’ll know how to lay hedges which help regenerate the plants, allowing continuity of growth way beyond their natural age.”

“All applicants will need to complete a PDP before submitting a funding application form. The PDP will help you identify current strengths or any gaps in your knowledge. Equipped with a PDP, you can set out your training goals and update the document online as you achieve each milestone. You will also be better informed about prioritising the training course most likely to benefit your business,” said Ms. Lewis.

A list of all Farming Connect accredited training courses together with a list of approved training providers and guidance on completing a PDP is available on the Farming Connect website. The next series of Planning your Personal Development events will be held at:

11/10/18 19:00-21:00 Ysgol y Berwyn, Ffrydan Rd, Bala LL23 7RU
11/10/18 18:30-20:30 Coleg Ceredigion, Maes y Parc, Cardigan, SA43 1AB
16/10/18 19:00-21:00 NPTC Group, Dwr-y-Felin Road, Neath, SA10 7RF
16/10/18 19:00-21:00 Grŵp Llandirllo Menai Campws Llangefni, LL77 7HY
18/10/18 19:30-21:30 Bloomfield Centre, Redstone Rd, Narberth SA67 7ES
18/10/18 19:30-21:30 Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, Campws Llanbedr Pont Steffan, SA48 7ED
18/10/18 18:30-20:30 Coleg Gwent, Usk Campus, Y Rhadyr, Usk NP15 1XJ
22/10/18 19:30-21:30 Menter a Busnes, Uned 3, Science Park, Aberystwyth, SY23 3AH
22/10/18 18:30-20:30 Coleg Gwent, Usk Campus, Y Rhadyr, Usk NP15 1XJ.

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