31 August 2017

Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards to headline conservation dinner in Llandudno

Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards (centre) is guest speaker at the GWCT Cymru North Wales dinner in Llandudno on Wednesday 29th NovemberThe Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Cymru has announced that former Welsh rugby union player Sir Gareth Edwards will be the guest speaker at its annual dinner and auction in North Wales this November.

The GWCT Cymru North Wales dinner and auction will be held at the St George’s Hotel, on the Promenade at Llandudno, Conwy on Wednesday 29th November, where Sir Gareth will entertain the audience with tales of his countryside pursuits and his celebrated sporting career.

Sir Gareth has been described as one of the greatest players of all time in world rugby. A keen shooting and fishing man, he is passionate about the countryside and its importance to Wales, and is keen to encourage more people to become involved in its conservation.

Will Richards, chairman of the GWCT North Wales committee, said, “We are delighted that Sir Gareth will join us at our fundraising dinner as our guest speaker. It will be a fantastic opportunity to hear him speak in North Wales and at the same time raise the profile of the GWCT and show its very serious commitment to Wales.”

GWCT Cymru was launched at this year's Royal Welsh Show and aims to highlight the importance of shooting and conservation in Wales.

Sue Evans, director of GWCT Cymru, welcomed the growing number of schemes across the country designed to build sustainable economic and environmental foundations for future generations. “There is a strong appetite among moorland owners, farmers, graziers to get land back into active management to help recover threatened bird species,” she said.

GWCT Cyrmu chairman Nick Williams aims to raise the Trust’s profile in Wales. He stressed, “It’s time to get evidence working better for us by reaching out to more people in communities and engaging more effectively with Welsh Government to influence conservation policy in the future.”

It is hoped that the dinner and auction will raise awareness of the Trust’s activities and the importance of its conservation work in Wales.

For more details on GWCT North Wales dinner and auction, please contact Will Richards at northwales@gwct.org.uk or visit the GWCT Cymru website: www.gwct.org.uk/wales

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Photocaption: Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards (centre) is guest speaker at the GWCT Cymru North Wales dinner in Llandudno on Wednesday 29th November.


Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line - at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Joel Holt
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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