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CLA WALES director Julian Salmon has been installed as High Sheriff of Powys. One of his first tasks will be to act as returning officer in the General Election. Julian, a first generation farmer, and his wife Maggie run a 550-acre mixed upland LFA farm at Kinnerton near Presteigne. They also have forestry interests in South Shropshire.

The post of High Sheriff, the oldest secular office in the land, has few legal responsibilities and is privately funded. But Mr Salmon said it was 'important to uphold ancient traditions in an increasingly colourless age

GROUPS offering conservation schemes for volunteers have until May 20 to apply for cash from the Species Challenge Fund in Wales, managed by the Countryside Council for Wales. This year pounds 70,000 is available in grant aid for projects which must be completed before February 28, 2006Work must target one of Wales's 187 priority species which range from the humble river jelly lichen to the majestic Baleen whale, and can include anything from wildlife surveys and monitoring to practical habitat restoration work Details: Pauline Hughes, CCW, 01248 385786

A CHEF is appealing to farmers on the Wales/Shropshire border to provide local produce for a new restaurant. Bridge 17 restaurant opens at Lion Quays Hotel at Moreton, near Chirk, next Monday.

Steve Roberts (right), executive head chef at Lion Quays, said he was particularly looking for local suppliers of meat, poultry, game, fish, cheeses and seasonal produce. Contact him on 01691 684300

THIS year's Nuffield farming scholars will shortly embark on fact-finding study tours around the globe to seek out the world's best in food and farming. Twenty one candidate were chosen for the travel awards, ranging from a South Wales sheep farmer to a national supermarket adviser and a cattle research specialist. Nuffield scholarships: Contact John Stones, 01858 555544 or visit Closing date for 2006 applications is Nov 2005

UK and overseas 2005 Nuffield Scholarship Award winners gathered in Brussels as part of an European pre-study briefing. Pictured with NFST chairman, professor Wynne Jones, principal of Harper Adams University College


Julian Salmon, the new High Sheriff of Powys, with wife Maggie; Otters are one of the priority species
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Date:Apr 14, 2005
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