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The rural news magazine for those who live and work in the Welsh countryside.

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30 minutes

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Mon 3 Dec 2012 05:30

Floods, Mountain Bike Trails and the Magical Dye Garden

It's been a devastating week for people living in the flooded areas in Denbighshire and Conwy County. Tributes have been paid to the emergency services and volunteers who have been working hard to help flood victims forced to escape their homes since the rain reeked havoc upon the local community. Rain swamped farmland and caused chaos for hundreds of rural businesses. We speak to a local farmer about the floods.

Ten years ago there were virtually none but today there are 23,000 women farmers in the UK according to the office of national statistics. Rachael Garside meets Doris Jones who farms at Capel Issac near Llandeilo who has just been declared the NFU Cymru Woman Farmer of the Year.

A community farm in Tregarth in Gwynedd has been doing good work encouraging all the right sorts of things from rural crafts to local produce, providing employment and getting people involved with the countryside. But... it is now facing a financial crisis and has launched an appeal. Our community reporter Huw Jenkins visits Moelyci Farm visits the 340 acre site - and if you'd like to contribute follow this link to Moelyci they'd love to hear from you

The hottest ticket in town for Mountain Bike trails? Earlier this year, a four million pound project was launched aimed at attracting more people to Merionnydd as a destination for outdoor activities. The Snowdonia One Big Adventure scheme is providing funds to develop mountain biking in Coed y Brenin, near Dolgellau, fishing on lake Trawsfynydd and to the Urdd's Glan Llyn site in Bala. Over a million pounds has also been invested in creating a series of downhill mountain bike trails on the hills above Blaenau Ffestiniog - a town which has, until now, largely missed out as a tourist destination.

The 2,500 acres of common land, known as the Eppynt Commons, near Brecon, are being sold for only the third time in 300 years. But campaigners are dismayed that the land has been advertised for sale 'with some potential for wind-farm development

We take a tour of a magical garden - A Denbighshire textile artist has revived the tradition of extracting dyes from plants, just like the ancient Britons did. Felt maker Helen Melvin, creates landscape wall hangings, stoles and scarves, amongst other things, in her studio at Aberwheeler near Bodfari; and nearly all the dyes she uses, she makes herself. She's showcasing her work at the Conwy Christmas fayre.