FUW discuss land damage from off-road vehicles with Chris Elmore MP at Blackmill farm visit

A fresh pot of tea and a spread of welsh cakes and Bara Brith welcomed Chris Elmore to Gellifeddgaer Farm just outside of Blackmill. Top of the agenda for the meeting was to discuss the extent of damage to the common caused by 4 x 4 vehicles for social enjoyment.

Charles and Gill Morgan along with their son Richard run the hill farm Gellifeddgaer which sits 700-900 ft above sea level. The farm runs 750 Welsh mountain cross easycare ewes which lamb in the middle march in an outdoor lambing system. The family buy Limousin x Hereford x Friesian weaned calves and sell them at about 16-18 months or keep the heifers and calf them while the ewes graze Coity Walia Common throughout the year.

The Morgan family were joined by other neighbouring graziers on the common-Phil Thomas, Jonathan Jones (who is also Chairman of the Graziers Association) and the secretary from the Mynydd Y Gaer Grazier’s Association Huw Griffiths and his daughter Gemma Haines.

Huw Griffiths expressed his concerns saying:

“This is an ongoing problem with numbers plates and vehicle details being sent to the police but we are all concerned as no action is taken for the damage the 4 x 4 vehicles are doing.

Phil Thomas went on to say:

“Whenever I come up here I'm always picking up plastic bottles, glass bottles, beer cans and no end of broken tow ropes, just left lying around. It's dangerous for the cattle which graze on the common as they could very easily ingest some of the rope and plastic.” Phil also added:

“We have also found sheep cast on their backs stuck in the ruts made by the vehicles. It gets to the point where we wonder what we’re going to find when we come up here.”