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14/04/2013

Rachael Garside examines the impact of the recent heavy snow on farmers.

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30 minutes

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Mon 15 Apr 2013 05:30

The Impact of Snow, Sand Dunes and a Spot of Rural Theatre

As the snow slowly melts and Mother Nature loosens her icy grip we ask what cost to our farming industry? We talk to those affected in the mountain areas of Wales, union leaders and look at the short term and longer term impacts of the severe weather on our agricultural industry

Our community reporter Huw Jenkins visits Newborough Warren on Anglesey - one of Wales' finest sand dune systems but over the last fifty years it's become over-stabilized and overgrown by vegetation, threatening several species with extinction. A new pilot project is underway to discover ways of breathing new life into the Sand Dune system.

And Rachael Garside is at the theatrical rehearsals at Tir Sir Gar where the big decisions facing farmers and their families provide the main theme for a new production by the National Theatre of Wales. A series of performances will be staged in two locations in Carmarthenshire - the town hall in Carmarthen and at the county museum in Abergwili. Local farmers and the FUW have helped provide research for the project, which will also include daily lunch time talks on current rural topics.