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New Chairman for Herefordshire CLA

David Curtis, Land Steward for the Duchy of Cornwall, is the new Chairman of CLA’s Herefordshire branch.

Coming from a farming background, David gained a Diploma in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, and subsequently qualified with both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

In 2008 he was appointed Land Steward of the Duchy’s Eastern District incorporating the Wessex and Hereford estates totalling some 38,000 acres. David has chaired the CLA’s Institutional Landowners Group, is Vice Chair of the Herefordshire Sustainable Food and Tourism Partnership and member of the Herefordshire Local Nature Partnership

Commenting on the challenges faced by rural businesses and communities linked to the Brexit negotiations, David said: “Never in recent years has there been a time when the voice of the CLA will be so important in supporting rural businesses”.

David is also passionate that the CLA supports, through its lobbying, assistance for young entrants to get into farming and associated rural businesses as these people are the future of our rural communities.

In 2004 David was appointed as a Member of the Victorian Order in recognition of his service to The Royal Family and the Duchy of Cornwall. When not at work he enjoys life on the family smallholding producing cider apples and running a small flock of sheep.

Joe Evans of the Whitbourne Estate is the new Vice Chairman. Richard Corbett is Branch President.

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