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Thursday 23rd: The Way Forward

Links to all of our programme will go live on the day. Unless stated otherwise, you do not need to register or book onto sessions.

All discussions will be streamed live on youtube.  A link will appear under the talk title on the day. You do not need to have a Youtube account to watch the sessions, but you will need to have a Youtube account to comment and ask questions during the discussions. You can also submit your question beforehand, using the box at the bottom of this page.

10.00am: Welcome message from Sophie Howe


Sophie Howe
Sophie is the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, acting as a guardian for the interests of future generations in Wales and supporting public bodies work towards achieving the well-being goals.  She is chair of the international Network of Institutions for Future Generations. She lives in Cardiff with her husband Ceri and their five children.

11.00-12.00pm: Live Discussion. Question time: The way forward for Wales

A live panel discussion with Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru, Wales Green Party and Welsh Lib Dems on the way forward for Wales and what it’ll take to secure a green recovery that delivers for nature, people and the economy.

This session will be chaired by BBC Wales’ environment correspondent, Steffan Messenger.


Steffan Messanger

Steffan Messenger is BBC Wales’ environment correspondent.


Wales Green Party
Anthony Slaughter

Wales Green Party leader Anthony Slaughter has been actively involved in Green politics, both locally at a community level and nationally across Wales, for many years. He has represented the party as an election candidate in several elections at every level.

He has also had a long engagement with many community based environmental campaigns. This involvement has included initiatives such as establishing a community orchard, a local food festival and promoting sustainable public transport. He has been the lead on many local campaigns including ‘20’s Plenty’ and Plastic Free Communities. On social justice issues Anthony has worked with the People’s Assembly and other campaigning organisations in Welsh communities. As a co-founder of Vale for Europe he was a leading voice in the campaign for a People’s Vote in Wales.


Welsh Lib Dems
William Powell

William Powell has been active in Welsh public affairs since 2004 as a Welsh Liberal Democrat County Councillor in his native Powys, a Brecon Beacons National Park Authority member and as a member of the National Assembly for Wales between 2011 – 16, representing Mid and West Wales.


Welsh Labour
Huw Irranca-Davies MS

Huw was the Member of Parliament for Ogmore from 2002 to 2016. Between October 2010 and 2015 he served in opposition as the Shadow Energy Minister, then as Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Rural Affairs. In May 2015, he was elected as the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, a position held until he stood successfully for the National Assembly of Wales in 2016. Huw is a keen walker (Vice-President of Ramblers Cymru) and an ‘everyday cyclist’.


Welsh Conservatives
Andrew RT Davies MS

Andrew’s background is as a partner in the family farming business, based in the Vale of Glamorgan. He is a former President of Llantrisant Young Farmers Club and a former Chairman of Creative Communities. Andrew joined the Welsh Conservatives in 1997 and served as Leader of the Welsh Conservatives from 2011 until June 2018. He currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the Welsh Parliament. Andrew is a life governor of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and in 2016 he also served as the President of the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Society.


Plaid Cymru
Llyr Gruffydd MS

Llyr Gruffydd is a Plaid Cymru politician, and Member of the Senedd for the North Wales region. He is the party’s Shadow Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs and is a Member of the Senedd’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee .Before his election in 2011 Llyr worked as a manager for the National Trust. A former member of the YFC he has been a strong campaigner for farming and rural communities. His passion for renewable energy also led to him becoming chair of the Senedd’s Cross Party Group for Sustainable Energy.

12.00-12.30pm: Live Zoom Class – Nature Craft session with Small Woods Wales

Join Anna and Laura from Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) to do Hape Zome – the Japanese art of using flowers to stain fabric or paper. Please bring a hand-sized rock (or hammer or rolling pin), a selection of fresh flower petals or leaves, some white paper or white cloth (a handkerchief is ideal), a suitable work surface (a bit of board or craft mat, not the best dining room table!)

Suitable for all (adults and children).  Register for the session here

12.30-1.30pm: Live Discussion: The countryside we want and how do we get there.

A conversation between rural interests about food, nature and people and what it’ll take to strike a balance to ensure our farmed environment is resilient and capable of sustaining this and future generations. 


Alun Elidyr will be chairing the session. One of the presenters of the S4C series Ffermio, Alun is also a full-time farmer at Cae Coch, a livestock farm of more than 700 acres near Rhydymain, Dolgellau.


Nick Fenwick is Head of Policy at Farmers’ Union Wales (FUW) and grew up on hill farms in the Talerddig and Machynlleth areas of Montgomeryshire. Prior to joining the FUW policy team in 2004, he ran a computer programming and consultancy business, specialising in IT for agricultural and rural businesses.


Rebecca Williams – National Trust, 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). Following a rural upbringing in Wales, Nigel has wide experience working here and other parts of the UK in the Environment Agency, as Chief Executive of a UK Sector Skills Council and also in private consultancy.


Hilary Kehoe is Senior Development Officer at PONT and is the Chair of Nature Friendly Farming Network Cymru.  Hilary Kehoe farms with her family at Tyddyn Isaf, near Bangor, running cattle and sheep enterprises that work across Anglesey and Gwynedd for conservation management. 


Rachel Lewis Davies is a National Environment and Land Use Adviser at National Farmers Union (NFU) Cymru.  A partner in a farm business, Rachel studied Environmental Management and European Rural Development at University and has significant experience of agriculture and rural development having worked in the sector in a range of roles for over 20 years.

1.45pm: Video: Alun Elydir – Farming with Nature

A short film with Alun Elydir, showing the ways he has been farming to promote wildlife at his 735 acre farm near Dolgellau.

2.00pm: Download: Knit your own cuddly Woodpecker

Welcome a woodpecker in your home without having to put up with holes appearing in your wooden furniture!

2.15pm: Video: Make Nature Great Again

A video, spoken word piece, soundscape and mural. These four elements come together to explore the ‘green and pleasant land narrative’, how important it is to unpick the threads and create something new together. We need to find a way of working within the ecosystem to stitch together a more sustainable Wales – a journey on which farmers play an integral part.

Video: Doc BlackdaWho.
Spoken Word: Unity.
Soundscape: Cult of Doris.
Mural: Unity

2.30pm: Live Zoom Session: Mindfulness in nature session with Small Woods Wales

Join Sabine and Nico from Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) for a mindfulness session followed by a Q & A. Please register for the event here

3.00pm: Blog – The Nature Friendly Farming Network

NFFN Cymru explains how nature friendly farming can help tackle the climate and ecological crises, support vibrant rural communities and economies, produce plentiful healthy sustainable food and improve public health.  In order to help achieve this NFFN Cymru urge all political parties to commit to 6 key asks

3.30-4.30pm: Live Discussion: Youth Panel Green Futures Discussion

Black Mountains College’s Youth Panel discuss and debate the themes of the Green Recovery Wales Festival, and present their conclusions and recommendations to Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner.


Chair: Ben Rawlence
Ben is Director of Black Mountains College. A writer and journalist, former human rights activist and political speechwriter, he founded BMC with Owen Sheers to produce new kinds of graduates who could meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Guoda – I am an interdisciplinary designer, researcher, and filmmaker. I use art and science to probe into human-made systems and critically question information to develop extensive access to material knowledge.

Ryan – I’m a Year 13 student from Cardiff, who has been involved in the Youth Strikes since when they started in 2019. Ever since I became involved in politics I’ve been campaigning for climate justice.

Thomas – Currently enrolled in an Environmental Science PhD with the London NERC. My core interests are climate modelling, extreme weather frequency and pattern recognition algorithms.

Maurice – As a passionate outdoorsperson, I love to share the joy and inspiration I find in nature. My perfect Sunday comprises a wild walk and swim, admiring the natural world. 

Emily: I’m 18 years old. I did my level 3 diploma in agriculture back in 2018-19 and am currently doing a L2 business admin apprenticeship which I finish in 2 months! I’m the secretary for Craswall Young Farmers

4.45pm: Blog – What will it take to secure a Green Recovery for Wales?

Key participants from the festival give us their ideas to take forward for a greener future.

Submit your question to our discussion panellists before the event…