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RWAS Student of the Year awarded at recent AGM & Awards Ceremony

Enillydd 2021 Winner
Joshua Adam O’Sullivan Woodward
(Bridgend College)

Joshua is a student at Bridgend College Pencoed Campus, he has studied and completed with distinction his Level 2 Farm Animals & Countryside Skills and Level 3 Countryside Management. In September he will continue studying for HND in Environmental Conservation Management.

Joshua has gained practical experience of working at Ynysnadd Farm for the last 5 years, including metal work, hedge planting and hedge laying along with day-to-day farm work. He continues to learn new skills though volunteering with Neath Port Talbot Council as a Countryside Worker and has recently volunteered at South Wales Miners Museum gaining further maintenance skills and blacksmithing.

Joshua plans to work with numerous organisations in the land management and conservation sector to build up more practical skills and widen his skill set. Working towards becoming a Countryside Ranger, either working with a National Park or conservation projects, a mix between agriculture and the countryside.

One of Joshua’s main personal achievements is that he runs his own small beekeeping business. He began this venture after joining a local beekeeping association and over the coming years slowly built up from a very small operation of just two hives to as many as 15 to 20 depending on the time of year. All produce is extracted by hand, bottled and sold through family, friends and locals.

The judges remarked – “Joshua is very a worthy candidate to win the Student of the Year Award, he has the drive and motivation to gain experience whilst studying at College. He is community minded and has a balanced open mind when it comes to conservation and agriculture. We wish him every success with his HND and future career.

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