The countryside is important to everyone and should be viewed holistically. All of the components of rural economies must be arranged to be mututally supportive, to enable long term sustainability of communities, language, culture and so on. Diversity of land use, with well-managed native woodland alongside thriving farms are proven to be more attractive for tourism (eg Scottish Highlands, Lake District), through re-creation of supportive habitats for native widlife.
Agriculture should be encouraged to restore the ancient habitats in order to stimulate such diversity.

Why the contribution is important

A singular focus on mono-culture without concern for the wider context resulted (e.g. in Norfolk, England) in the 1970's in the destruction of native habitat and the creation of landscapes unable to support diversity, and quickly the rural population found the economy was unable to support them, resulting in once-thriving communities becoming extensions of London's commuter belt.
It is not difficult to see that the same could happen in large areas of Wales.

by Croesy05 on August 28, 2016 at 11:16AM

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  • Posted by denvaughan September 01, 2016 at 12:49

    The increasing urbanisation of our population surely means that rural tourism will only increase in importance. Therefore the conservation of habitats and biodiversity will benefit rural economies and the wider population.
  • Posted by MarkHilleard September 01, 2016 at 16:21

    Why do you only mention native woodland when the forest industry is dependent on stability which comes solely from the commercial softwood sector?

    The costs of managing a broad-leaved woodland properly are huge compared to that of a coniferous wood.

    Diversify? Yes, but look forward not back to the ancient times. We need a practical, innovative approach not more and more preservation in our rural economy.

  • Posted by JonesECwm September 11, 2016 at 16:56

    Increasing diversity in line with guidance for each habitat type and accepting that monoculture is an economic necessity but can be time limited and creative use of the margins can offset habitat loss.
  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 13:53

    Diolch i chi am rannu eich syniadau a sylwadau!

    Mae eich blaenoriaethau a syniadau yn cael eu defnyddio i helpu’r Pwyllgor i ysgrifennu ei adroddiad ar sut y gallwn ddatblygu egwyddorion sy'n sail i bolisi amaethyddiaeth a datblygu gwledig newydd i Gymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth, plîs cysylltwch â fi ar celyn.cooper@cynulliad.cymru. Mi fyddai’n sicr o ddiweddaru’r tudalennau hyn a’r sgwrs fel mae hyn yn datblygu.

    Mae eich syniadau a’ch blaenoriaethau hefyd wedi bod o gymorth i’r Pwyllgor wrth iddo wahodd sefydliadau a chyrff cynrychioliadol i’r Senedd i roi tystiolaeth ar lafar ar ddyfodol amaeth yng Nghymru.

    O ddiddordeb , mae'r Pwyllgor yn cynnal nifer o ymgynghoriadau newydd ar hyn o bryd. Mae croeso i chi gysylltu yn uniongyrchol, neu ymweld â wefan y Pwyllgor am fanylion pellach: http://www.assembly.wales/cy/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Diolch o galon i chi gyd eto!


    Thank you for sharing your idea and comments!

    Your ideas and priorities are now being used to help the Committee write its report on how we can develop principles to underpin a new agriculture and rural development policy for Wales. For more information, please do contact me @ celyn.cooper@assembly.wales. I’ll also make sure to update the pages and this thread to keep you updated as this progresses.

    Your ideas and priorities have also been a great support for the Committee as it invited representative organisations and bodies to come to the Senedd and give oral evidence on the future of agriculture in Wales.

    Of interest, the Committee is also undertaking a number of other inquiries at the moment that may be of interest. You're more than welcome to contact me directly, or visit the Committee's webpage for more information on how to get involved: http://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Thank you again for all your contributions!
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