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RSPB finds new home

rspb new homeFOLLOWING the launch of RSPB’s “Give Nature a Home” campaign, a local company has answered the call by providing the charity itself with a new home.

When John and Tegwen Burns learned that the RSPB Three Rivers Futurescapes project would have a strategic centre in Burns Pet Nutrition’s home town of Kidwelly, they were keen to do what they could to help.

The Futurescapes projects look at conservation on a landscape level and aim to bring local communities together with a wide range of organisations. Burns has provided the Three Rivers team with an operational base within the company’s own head office as well as the use of a company car.

John Clark, Futurescapes Manager for RSPB Cymru commented: “Without the generous support of Burns’ Pet Nutrition, RSPB Cymru would not be able to deploy essential staff committed to sustaining the beautiful natural heritage of Carmarthenshire.

“Our ambitious ‘Three Rivers Futurescape’ landscape -scale conservation partnership aims to link the work of environmental organisations, communities and local groups around the Three Rivers estuaries, Gwendraeth valleys and Llanelli.

“Without our ‘on the ground’ conservation and community engagement staff in Kidwelly, it would be impossible for RSPB Cymru to work with our partners on wetland management, species conservation and environmental education projects in Carmarthenshire.”

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Penlan Farm -Burns’ conservation award-winning farm on the outskirts of Kidwelly, is located within the Three Rivers area. As well as producing seasonal vegetables and free-range eggs for the company’s moist pet food range, the farm aims to be a flagship site showing that conservation and commercial farming can successfully coexist.

Over the next twelve months the farm will host a series of conservation and wildlife events to help encourage others to support their local wildlife.A former vet with a practice at Whitland, John Burns, now Managing Director of Burns Pet Nutrition, remarked: “Conservation and community engagement are an important part of the Burns ethos. We believe that projects such as Futurescapes can only benefit both the local and wider community.”