CPRW Conwy presented the Rural Wales Award 2023 to Llaeth Y Llan, The Village Dairy in Llannefydd, North Wales last week. Gareth and Falmai Roberts, who since 1985 have grown and developed their dairy business on Tal y Bryn Farm, collected the award during the CPRW Conwy Christmas Lunch.

The Rural Wales Awards have been running for over 30 years and shine a spotlight on businesses who are making a difference in the community and leading the way on environmental and conservation approaches.

Joyce Hughes, CPRW Conwy Branch Chairman, saidWe congratulate the Roberts family on the way they have grown and developed their dairy business: employing and training local people; sensitively adapting the old before erecting new buildings on their farm; engaging with schools and working towards sustainability. They produce a huge range of delicious high-quality yoghurt under their own distinctive label as well as other own label products for a range of retailers and challenger brands. They are a shining example of how a small family farm has survived and thrived in the countryside with vision, courage and support when needed.”

Over 30 members attended the award ceremony and Christmas lunch at the Orme View Restaurant and Bistro in Coleg Llandrillo including members from CPRW Meirionnydd, Caernarfonshire and Clwyd Branches.

On collection of the award Gareth Roberts, Founder of Llaeth Y Llan said:I am very, very proud to be awarded the Rural Wales Award for the care of the local environment. I am very surprised to be awarded this prestigious award but absolutely thrilled. I am proud of what we have achieved at Llaeth Y Llan over the years with my wife Falmai and how we are moving forward with support from the next generation.”   

CPRW was founded in 1928 making it the oldest rural charity in Wales. The charity is passionate about creating a countryside which works for everyone, aims to protect wild spaces for the next generation and to enable a sustainable rural community for all.

CPRW Conwy Branch monitors the planning applications made to Conwy Council and the Snowdonia National Park, responding to any that have a potential impact on the rural communities and landscape. The branch works closely with the Conwy Valley Civic Society who keep a close eye on all developments in the valley.

Conwy Branch welcomes new members from individuals, families, community councils, corporates to schools. All our meetings are open to any person wishing to learn more about the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales with an intention of joining the organisation. To find out more, please visit cprw.org.uk.