The Authority recognises the importance of agriculture to Snowdonia by having dedicated staff to work alongside farmers in the delivery of National Park Purposes. In recent years, the Agriculture Liaison Section has been instrumental in drawing down European funding to enable farmers to undertake a number of land management projects.
Additional to the delivery of grants for land management the section also provides technical and policy advice/ support and determines permitted developing (planning) applications for agriculture within the National Park.
Currently, the following schemes are being delivered by the Conservation & Agriculture Services:
The Real Hedge Fund campaign
In an attempt to improve the landscape, conservation and land management, the National Park Authority, in partnership with The Tree Council and Stella Artois, undertook to plant up to 5km of new hedgerows within the National Park.
The Real Hedge Fund Campaign has now concluded and the planted hedgerows consist of blackthorn, hawthorn, hazel, holly and rowan which are all species of plants which are indigenous to this area and have been grown from local seeds.
The hedgerows will provide food to mammals and birds and will form important paths and networks for creatures such as bats, moths, caterpillars and dormice. They also connect different habitats and help to shelter animals from the wind, rain and sun, in addition to helping farmers manage their land and restore historical and landscape features.
Planting New Orchard Trees
Are you interested in establishing an orchard on your land, or extending an orchard you may already have?
We are eager to hear from National Park residents who are interested in extending existing orchards or planting new orchard trees.
The main aim of the project is to establish a register of those interested in the scheme and to offer you help by providing information on cultivating and managing mature trees and offering you assistance in planting and establishing native trees as well as improving traditional boundaries. This scheme could appeal to a wide range of individuals and groups, including farmers, schools, societies and community groups.
By encouraging more people to plant trees, we can gradually increase the number native orchards within the National Park, and also educate people about how to manage their orchards.
If you are interested in the scheme, download the registration of interest form.
For further information contact:
Conservation, Trees & Agriculture Service
Snowdonia National Park Authority
National Park Offices
Telephone: 01766 770274