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ORIGINALLY the seat of the old Welsh Blayney family, Aberbechan near Newtown was bought from the Gregynog estate by the grandfather of the present owner in 1913.

At the time it had 150 acres along with 30 acres of semi-derelict woodland. Run as a beef and sheep farm in the 1930s, almost half the land was ploughed during WW11, some by POWs from Mochdre camp.

In due course, John Price, the current owner, was dispatched to Llysfasi Agricultural College.

It is probably true to say that the extramural interests of farm students tend to be bucolic and sporting rather than reflective and artistic.

John was a singular exception, being a cellist of no mean ability who performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

Joining his father on the dg farm in the mid up a 20-sow pig weaners to the Weaner Group satisfactory for after the 1967 mouth outbrea movement rest forced him to r numbers of pig profits fell and eventually aba Now product focussed on fin and store cattle r f atrg d-1960s, he set herd. Selling Wynnstay proved a while, but foot-andak, when trictions retain large gs at home, the unit was ndoned. tion is nished lambs e. A new d t ne enterprise, developed with Coed Cymru, involved the rehabilitation of the 30 original acres of farm woodland along with a further 30 acres bought in 2000.

The woodlands now produce valuable timber for furniture making, building and fuel. In other words, they have reverted to their original function, which had begun to lapse in the early 19th century when so many Welsh woodlands were overexploited for ship building and industrial uses.

The magnificence of the timber-framed houses and weather-boarded outbuildings of many mid-Montgomeryshire farms bears witness to the former importance of local oak plantings. In a sense, John has paid homage to previous generations of craftsmen.? Adapted from "Farming in Wales 1936-2011".

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 5, 2012
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