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

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Mon 10 Dec 2012 05:30

Bring out your old relics and have a drop of Welsh Whisky

Have you got your decorations up yet? There's not much comfort and joy for tree farmers this year as a new fungus is attacking some of the most popular species of Christmas tree... Relatively few trees have been hit, but cases have surged since 2009 with no fungicide yet found to halt it. Robert Morgan from Gower Fresh Christmas Trees says the British Christmas Tree Growers' Association is looking into it.

If you're between 18 and 26 and the idea of farming beautiful land and a lake where wildlife thrives, and where legend says dragons fought then here's the job for you..... The National Trust have teamed up with the Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs to offer a young farmer the keys to a £1m farm in Snowdonia as part of a new one-year scholarship. One candidate will be chosen annually to manage 600-acre (240ha) Llyndy Isaf in Gwynedd with support from the NT.


If you're looking for a stocking filller for some who loves "landscape and literature; moutaineering and myth" then look no further than a new book called "Snowdon - The Story of a Welsh Mountain". We speak to the author Jim Perrin.


Anyone passing through the town centre of Blaenau Ffestiniog in the past year will be aware of the dramatic transformation that is underway. A tribute to the slate industry of Wales and the quarrymen that worked in it forms the centre piece of the £4.4 million regeneration scheme. Local artist Howard Bowcott has been putting in place the final pieces of the Slate River running through the town.


Time to dig out your relics because an Artefacts ...Yes not antique... Roadshow will be visiting Caernafon Castle Sunday ( 09 December 2012 from 10am until 4pm). A team of archaeology and heritage experts from Cadw and partners will be on hand to talk about the importance of heritage, and discuss local treasures found in gardens and parks across the region.


And think of whisky and you probably think of Scotland and Ireland but up until a century ago the spirit was produced here in Wales and in a slow but steady return to the tradition a second distillery has opened. The Da Mhile micro-distillery in Llandysul produces organic whisky made with locally sourced products, backed with £60,000 of support from the Welsh Government it's housed in a renovated 16th century barn with a visitor centre. Slangevar!