The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy in Wales for over a century, since its formation in 1904.

Today our work includes providing support for business, social welfare and education in rural communities, and the organisation and staging of our ever-popular society events; the Smallholding and Countryside Festival, the Royal Welsh Show  and the Winter Fair.

Awarded by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, the Student of the Year Award is open to students who have completed NVQ Level III or the BTEC ND/NC, C&G certificate/diploma courses in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Nursing, Horse Management, Countryside Management or other land-based related management courses.

The Student of the Year will be awarded a Certificate and a monetary prize and invited to write an article for the 2022 Society Journal.

Enillydd 2021 Winner – Joshua Adam O’Sullivan Woodward; (Bridgend College)

Joshua is a student at Bridgend College Pencoed Campus, he has studied and completed with distinction his Level 2 Farm Animals & Countryside Skills and Level 3 Countryside Management.  In September he will continue studying for HND in Environmental Conservation Management.

Joshua has gained practical experience of working at Ynysnadd Farm for the last 5 years, including metal work, hedge planting and hedge laying along with day-to-day farm work.  He continues to learn new skills through volunteering with Neath Port Talbot Council as a Countryside Worker and has recently volunteered at South Wales Miners Museum gaining further maintenance skills and blacksmithing.

Joshua plans to work with numerous organisations in the land management and conservation sector to build up more practical skills and widen his skill set.  Working towards becoming a Countryside Ranger, either working with a National Park or conservation projects, a mix between agriculture and the countryside.

One of Joshua’s main personal achievements is that he runs his own small beekeeping business.  He began this venture after joining a local beekeeping association and over the coming years slowly built up from a very small operation of just two hives to as many as 15 to 20 depending on the time of year.  All produce is extracted by hand, bottled and sold through family, friends and locals.

The judges remarked – “Joshua is a very worthy candidate to win the Student of the Year Award, he has the drive and motivation to gain experience whilst studying at College.  He is community minded and has a balanced open mind when it comes to conservation and agriculture.  We wish him every success with his HND and future career.

 

Mr D Iori Evans

Professor E Wynne Jones OBE FRAgS