The two year Sustainable Management Scheme, managed by Radnorshire Wildlife Trust and funded by the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 is working with local landowners to identify areas of rhos pasture habitat which could be better managed for wildlife, for people and for agriculture. Joining members of staff and Trustees from Radnorshire Wildlife Trust were representatives from the local farming community, Rhayader by Nature, CARAD, NFU Cymru, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group, Natural Resources for Wales, Elan Links, Three Parishes for the Common Good, and local councillors.
A walk out to the Willow Globe’s rhos pasture generated important discussion on the future of farming, managing land for public good and for the benefit of wildlife. The project will be carrying out several feasibility studies to better understand the potential ways in which rhos pasture can be sustainably managed. It is hoped that these studies along with the survey data from management techniques and ecological monitoring will help inform future farming policy and support systems, enabling this habitat to thrive for future generations.
Alongside the land management element of the project there is also a strong focus on community arts and heritage. Jane Titley, local artist led a printmaking activity during the event, using the range of colours found within a rhos pasture habitat as inspiration.
Lucy Morton, the Rhos Pasture Restoration Project Manager, said “It was wonderful to gather farmers and landowners who have managed rhos for many years and learn from their experience. The future management of this agriculturally marginal but very important wildlife habitat was discussed, and the benefits it can bring to the local community.”