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Monday 20th: Green Recovery

Each day we had loads of activities to join in with at home and online, including fun events for kids and families, and live discussions with those making a difference to Wales’ future.

All our downloads are still available, and our live sessions were recorded and are available to watch on YouTube. Just click on the buttons next to the session title to access them.

10.00am: Welcome message from First Minister Mark Drakeford

The festival will be launched by First Minister Mark Drakeford, who will be in conversation with Katie Jo Luxton, Director of RSPB Cymru, and Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.


Rt Hon Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales, was born and brought up in west Wales.  A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader in Ely and Caerau, he has been a professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011.


Katie-Jo Luxton is Director of RSPB Cymru and spent her formative years on farms in Gloucestershire and mid Wales before studying Archaeology & Anthropology at Cambridge University.


Justin Albert: Justin is the Director of National Trust Wales. He is also a Trustee of The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), adviser to the Welsh Minister for Economy and Transport, and Vice President of Hay Festival.

10.45am: Video – A message from Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs

A message from Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs on the future of food, farming and the environment.

11.00-12.00pm: Live Panel Discussion – Big Ideas for a Green Recovery

RSPB Cymru, National Trust Wales, Country Land and Business Association Wales and Woodland Trust Wales tell us what they think is required to enable a Green Recovery, followed by a Q & A session.  The session is chaired by Natural Resources Wales’ Chairman Sir David Henshaw.


Chair: Sir David Henshaw – Chair of Natural Resources Wales
Sir David was born and bred in Liverpool, and has lived in North Wales for a number of years. He was knighted in 2004. Much of his career has been in the public sector with Chief Executive roles at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and the City of Liverpool and senior Chair roles in the NHS. Sir David is and has been also a Chair and Non-Executive Director for a number of other public and private organisations and retains a series of advisory roles. He was appointed Chair of NRW on 1 November 2018.


Rebecca Williams is Assistant Director of Conservation for National Trust Wales. Prior to joining the Trust, she was the Director of CLA Cymru and has previously worked for both the Welsh and UK Governments.


Nigel Hollett is Wales Director at the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and has previously worked in the Environment Agency, was Chief Executive of a UK Sector Skills Council and in private consultancy.


Katie-Jo Luxton is Director of RSPB Cymru and spent her formative years on farms in Gloucestershire and mid Wales before studying Archaeology & Anthropology at Cambridge University.


Natalie Buttriss is Director of Wales and was previously CEO at The Vincent Wildlife Trust, Deputy Chief Executive/Head of Marketing at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Corporate Relations Manager for Sustrans. 

12.20pm: Video – What is the Nature Friendly Farming Network?

What are the benefits of nature friendly farming? Watch this short video to find out more and hear from some of the farmers involved in the Network!

12.30-1.30pm: Live panel discussion – Wellbeing in Nature

Join the panel, hosted by Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales), to hear about how the natural world can provide services for the health sector. Followed by Q & A and mindful meditation of ‘The Tree’ led by Sabine Soosten.


Rob Penn – bestselling author and broadcaster


Rod Waterfield – founder of the award-winning Woodland Skills Centre


Ed Lord – mental health nurse and specialist in ecotherapy research


Natasha Simons – Coed Lleol’s Research Officer

1.35pm: Video – RSPB Animation – We Need Nature

Premier of the RSPB Demand More animation, calling for better land management and food production policies for Wales.

1.45pm: Video – Ramblers Cymru

A short insight into the passion and challenges faced by Ramblers Cymru as we aim to put walking and access to nature at the heart of communities by protecting and improving our access.

2.00-3.00pm: Live panel discussion – Green and Just Recovery

The Bevan Foundation, WWF Cymru, Wildlife Trust Cymru and WCVA bring together ideas from the environmental and social justice sectors to discuss what it could mean to have an economic recovery that addresses the multiple challenges facing Wales. This discussion will explore how we can bring these agendas together under the frame of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act to enable a just transition to a low carbon and restorative economy. There will be a Q&A session for audience participation in the discussion. 


Peter Davies
Peter’s career background is in the field of corporate responsibility working for the Confederation of British Industry, Department of Trade and Industry and Business in the Community.

Awarded the OBE in 1995 for work in establishing links between business and education, Peter was Managing Director at Business in the Community UK from 1995 to 2005. He returned home to Wales in 2005 and was appointed Commissioner for Wales and Vice Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

Following the closure of the UK Commission Welsh Government appointed him as Wales’ first Sustainable Futures Commissioner in April 2011. He played a lead role in the development of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act, particularly through leading the national conversation on the Wales we Want. He was also appointed to be the first independent chair of the Climate Change Commission for Wales in 2011 and carried out both roles through to March 2016.  Peter was awarded a CBE for his contribution to sustainable development in June 2016.

Peter was instrumental in the establishment of the Institute for Sustainability and resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at the University of Wales Trinity St David in 2011 where he has an associate role as Professor of Practice.

He was appointed to Chair the Dwr Cymru Customer Challenge Group in February 2016.  As well as being Chair of WCVA, Peter also chairs the Wales Marine Stakeholder Action and Advisory Group for Welsh Government, the Size of Wales charity and Community Energy Pembrokeshire.  He is a member of the BT Wales Advisory Board, WWF Cymru Advisory Panel and is Community Custodian for River Simple.


Victoria Winckler
Dr Victoria Winckler has been the Director of the Bevan Foundation since 2002, establishing it as Wales’ most exciting and innovative think-tank. Victoria is also currently Wales adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


Rachel Sharp, CEO of Wildlife Trusts Wales
Having worked for the Wildlife Trusts for over 20 years Rachel understands the complexities and issues facing our natural environment. Her role focuses on political advocacy and liaison with partners to enable natures recovery in Wales., She advises Welsh Government through the European Advisory Group and Rural Affairs Roundtable in regards to impacts from Brexit. She also sits on the Welsh Water Independent Environmental Assessment Panel, Hinckley Reference Group and is a trustee of Wales Environment Link.


Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru
Anne Meikle is Head of WWF Cymru. Born in Scotland, Anne has a degree ( Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology) , but she has worked in private, public and voluntary sectors since then. She was a manager at a multi-national paper company for 7 years and worked for the Brecon Beacons National Park for a further seven years. She has also managed an environmental volunteering charity and its social enterprise arm. However, her passionate interest in conservation and wildlife drew her to WWF in 2006. As Head of WWF in Wales, she leads the team and represents WWF in the media and with our partners in Wales. Backed by the policy and communications resources of the Welsh staff and UK organisation, she seeks to influence decision-makers on issues such as sustainable development, climate change and marine legislation.

3.00-3.45pm: Live Zoom class – Yoga

Join Laura Karadog for a simple yoga session for families – suitable for all, from the youngest to the eldest! Register here with Laura before the session

3.45pm: Blog – Green Jobs

A recovery that is good for the economy, people and planet.

4.00pm: Video – Parc Slip Nature Reserve – Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

A tour of the Parc Slip nature reserve, with Wildlife Trust Conservation Manager, Kerry Rogers, showing the sustainable ways that the reserve is managed in order to encourage nature and welcome people.

5.15pm: Download – Birdsong Bingo

Download this fun game for all nature lovers

5.30pm: Download – Family Activity

Create a butterfly friendly garden with this easy to make butterfly feeder

6.00-7.00pm: Live Panel Discussion – What does a Green Recovery mean? (Welsh)

How can agriculture help create a better future for nature and the environment, the Welsh language and culture, food security and the rural economy? Come join our panel of rural stakeholders as they discuss these burning issues. A warm (Welsh) welcome to all! 


Dei Tomos will chair this session. As a broadcaster and journalist, he has reported on agricultural developments, conservation and rural issues for almost forty years. He is a former member of the Snowdonia National Park Authority and the Countryside Council for Wales. 


Prysor Williams lives in rural Gwytherin, near Llanrwst. Coming from an agricultural background, Prysor lectures Enviornmental Management in the School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University. He has a keen interest in the relationship between land use and the natural world.


Dafydd Jarrett is NFU Cymru’s Policy Adviser and with this role has responsibilities for livestock, dairy, poultry and animal health issues. He is also the secretariat for both the NFU Cymru milk and livestock boards. 


 Rhys Evans is an Agricultural Policy officer at RSPB Cymru and is also involved with running the family farm in Rhyd-y-main, Meirionnydd.


Teleri Fielden, originally from Meifod, Powys, now farms at Llyndy Isaf, the National Trust’s 614 acre upland farm in Nant Gwynant, at the heart of Snowdonia.


Robat Idris chairs the Communities Group at Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (Welsh Language Society). He is also a member of Undod, and his numerous blogs discusses the agricultural industry, the environment and food. Originally from Anglesey, Robat is a retired vet and has been a member of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s veterinary team since 1987. 

7.15pm: Storytime – Wildlife Bedtime Story

Choose one of RSPB’s bedtime stories, read by well-known nature lovers from stage and screen.

7.30pm: Download – Meditation and birdsong

Relax and unwind with the beautiful sounds of birdsong.