A prominent Mid Wales man has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Landscape Institute in recognition of his contribution to the management of the Welsh landscape.
John Lloyd-Jones, of Tywyn, said he was both surprised and delighted by the accolade. “The honorary fellowship came completely out of the blue and it was a lovely surprise,” he said. “I feel highly honoured to have been recognised by the Landscape Institute.”
The institute said Mr Lloyd-Jones was honoured for his knowledge of the management of the Welsh landscape and his understanding of the daily practice and motivation of Welsh landowners and of the political world in which they operate.
As a professional body and educational charity, the institute works to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for public benefit. It is the Royal Chartered Institute for landscape architects, landscape and urban designers, managers, planners and ecologists.
Mr Lloyd-Jones is best known as a previous chairman of the Countryside Council for Wales, the Welsh Government’s Statutory Advisor on the Natural Environment and a Member of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee for the UK.
In 2009, he was appointed a non-executive member of the Forestry Commission’s National Committee for Wales. In 2015, along with two others, he was a member of a panel that conducted a ‘Review of Designated Landscapes in Wales’ for the Welsh Government.
Currently, he is employed by the Planning Inspectorate examining nationally significant infrastructure projects, including the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
He has been a member of the National Trust’s Rural Enterprise Panel since 2004 and has also held a number of prominent positions within the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales.
He was awarded an OBE for services to agriculture and in 2013 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Gwynedd.
He is married to Anne, who is a long serving Gwynedd county councillor and chairman of MWT, an independent company representing around 600 tourism and hospitality businesses in Mid and South Wales.