Following a Welsh Commons Forum (WCF) meeting, it has been unanimously agreed the group would formally like to become part of NSA.
Agreement by the National Sheep Association (NSA) board means the wheels are now in motion for the forum to be incorporated within the association.
“The interests of commons graziers and rights holders throughout the UK are central to those of the NSA and we are pleased to formalise our relationship with the Welsh Commons Forum,” Phil Stocker, the NSA’s chief executive, said today (Monday. September 14).
“It will give a natural extension to our work and I hope will further strengthen the critical role that the farmer and grazier plays in managing commons in Wales.
“Much of the common land in Wales is upland in nature and these areas are not just iconic and treasured by the public, but they are often are the foundation of our sheep system too,” he added.
“They hold important genetic traits of sheep, and cattle and ponies too, and our commons would not be the valued landscapes they are without having been grazed for generations.
“The future of our commons and the future of upland sheep farming go hand in hand.”
As well as meeting regularly with ministers and Government officials, WCF holds quarterly meetings for the wide range of commons associations and individuals involved.
The forum’s aims are promoting the importance of farming and grazing commons in Wales and protecting the interests of common rights holders.
It will now become a specialised part of NSA with close links to the NSA Cymru/Wales region.