Tir Coed Farm Consultant and Land Manager Survey 2022
To understand views on and trends in the provision of agricultural and conservation-related training and skills development
(Conducted by Rural Advisor Ltd)
As part of ongoing consultation and development (initiated 2017) of the AnTir project; 100 farmers, public land owners, and community businesses were consulted during 2022 to inform Tir Coed in how best to develop our next major project (AnTir) in support of the rural communities Tir Coed exists to serve.
Data was collected via social media and e-mail surveys and by attending 7 major events including the; Eisteddfod, Royal Welsh Show, Young Farmers Club Rally, Aberystwyth Show.
What skills do you think you will you need from people you employ in five years’ time?
- Know the rules, legislation and policies
- Planting (of trees)
- Requirements will broadly be similar except where a change in legislation or farm policy modify requirements
- Options for diversification
- Stone walling, shearing, soil nutrient management
- Environmental/ conservationist skills
- Experience, ability to use and set up new technology e.g. LoRaWan, sensors, GPS, drones
- More in the way of regenerative agriculture skills, understanding how to restore peatland, carry out activities on land which sequester carbon
- Woodland creation, coppicing, hedgerow / field boundary management
- To adhere to government guidance on slurry, animal health etc....record keeping is key, and as a lot of it is done via apps and software, then the ability to use these will be important
- Biodiversity, woodland management, carbon
- Skilled labour / practical experience and competence
- Experienced at all aspects of gardening and growing skills
- Health and Safety legislation
- Tractor driving
- Fencing, hedging, walling, chain saw, brushcutting, meadow restoration, vegetable growing, gardening
- Livestock Management skills
- Land Management
- Good communication skills
- More skills relating to Nature, less about food production
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Learn more about the AnTir Project.
This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.
The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fund-prospectus