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Support for Welsh rural economy essential

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has called for support for the Welsh rural economy as land prices look set to fall during Brexit negotiations.

Demand for commercial farmland in Wales fell in the second half of last year.

The market remains challenging and there are regional variations. However, the overall picture, whilst uncertain, is perhaps better than in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, and the constrained supply will help minimise price falls.

But it is essential that measures are put in place to support the development of the Welsh rural economy post-Brexit

– Richard Corbett, RICS Rural Spokesman in Wales

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Appeal after badgers found dead in Pembrokeshire

Dyfed Powys Police says the incidents are believed to have happened over several months. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Badger setts have been disturbed and a number of dead badgers found dead on a farm in Pembrokeshire.

Dyfed Powys Police says the incidents are believed to have happened over several months on land in the Treffgarne area of Haverfordwest and officers are appealing for communities to be vigilant.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Which Christmas tree for Downing Street?

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Next week will see tree growers from across Britain descend on a farm at Three Crosses near Swansea for the annual Christmas tree contest.

The winner is traditionally granted the honour of putting up a tree outside 10 Downing Street.

Our members work hard throughout the year to produce quality trees that the public want to adorn their homes.

They are trying to keep alive the tradition of buying a real Christmas tree and making it a family occasion.

Good growing conditions this year means we are expecting an exceptional display of spruces, pines and firs.

– Harry Brightwell, British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association
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