PLANED celebrates 30 years

PLANED recently celebrated 30 years of action for rural communities at its AGM held in the building where it all began, Bloomfield in Narbeth.

The line-up of speakers on the day included Professor Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Professor Sarah Skerratt from Scotland’s Rural College, where she is Director of Policy Engagement.

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said: “I was delighted to attend PLANED’s AGM to speak to and hear the views of so many local organisations that are making a difference in Pembrokeshire. The county has benefited substantially from EU funds, with PLANED being a good example of working in partnership locally to deliver a number of projects that the Welsh Government has supported through EU funding. I wish the organisation every success in the future.”

Professor of Rural Society and Policy, Sarah Skerratt said: “It was a pleasure to be back in Pembrokeshire after working with PLANED during the evidence gathering for the Recharging Rural Research. PLANED has truly evolved over the last 30 years moving into a proactive phase of adding value, sharing information and knowledge and developing powerful partnerships.

“All of this work adds up to a robust evidence base that can be drawn upon and help to create a resilient and sustainable future for rural communities in Pembrokeshire.”

The AGM was attended by over 70 delegates who also heard from PLANED staff about current projects, including a community share offer scheme, a digital training and inclusion schemes and a partnership working to improve water quality and farm resilience.

The PLANED annual review is available here:

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