An OSWESTRY land agent is urging farmers to become familiar with Area Statement documents produced by National Research Wales (NRW) covering seven separate parts of the country.

These statements have been prepared at the request of the Welsh Government to inform and guide rural and natural resource protection and development in Wales.

Eifion Bibby, land agent at Davis Meade Property Consultants in Beatrice Street, says the plans could be seen as a plan for the country's nature.

“The seven statements cover the whole of Wales including its coastline and could be considered as a Local Development Plan for Nature,” he said.

"Each Area Statement outlines the key challenges facing that particular locality, what can be done to meet those challenges, and how we all can better manage natural resources for the benefit of future generations.

"They are seen as evolving documents and NRW is keen for as many people to get involved in their development as possible.

"They will be updated regularly and improved year-on-year as more people get involved, new evidence is given and ideas are put forward ideas to create opportunities."

Any farmer or landowner looking to the future and the growing importance of natural capital, new market opportunities and the likely shape of future rural support schemes should acquaint themselves with their local Area Statement.

For more information contact Davis Meade on 01492 510360, email or