Resilience review of agricultural shows: the Welsh Government's response
Resilience review of agricultural shows: the Welsh Government’s response
In 2020, Aled Rhys Jones was commissioned by the Welsh Government to conduct a resilience review of agricultural shows across Wales in response to the Covid-19 crisis. His report made a number of recommendations to support the reinstatement of shows following the pandemic and to safeguard their future.
In accepting all of his recommendations, the Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, said:
“Agricultural shows have a long and prestigious history and are at the centre of our rural communities. The Covid19 restrictions saw the cancellation of this year’s shows and this has had a serious impact on all societies and their future resilience.
That is why I commissioned an independent resilience review of agricultural shows across Wales and help identify what support might be necessary. I would like to thank Aled for his work on the review and I am pleased to confirm I am accepting all recommendations.
The new innovation fund will help support our Shows at this difficult time and help preparations to reinstate the shows for next season. Our agricultural shows have done really innovative things to hold virtual events this year. I want us to build on this and work together to ensure a strong future for our Shows in Wales.”
A summary of his report can be found here.
Having accepted all of the report’s recommendations, the Welsh Government has now published its response and update against each recommendation.
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