07/02/2013 11:57

Representatives of a company which invented a sleeve that prevents fence posts from rotting and failing at ground level will address the Farmers' Union of Wales Brecon and Radnor county branch annual general meetings this month.


They will talk on the background of why, over the past 20 years, farmers have had the problem of fence posts rotting and what can be done to prevent the problem.


Savvy entrepreneurs Richard and Jim George, who spurned a £160,000 deal on the Dragons' Den TV series, have seen sales of their anti-rot fencing post sleeves soar by 75%.


The brothers, from Malvern, Worcestershire, stunned the panel of multi-millionaires on the hit BBC 2 programme when they declined four offers for a stake in their Gloucestershire-based business.


They developed the protective fence post sleeve after the EU ruled only environment-friendly preservatives could be used to treat timber fencing.


FUW Brecon and Radnor county executive officer Aled Jones said: "This is an issue that is brought up again and again at our monthly meetings and the evenings should be very informative in explaining the background to the problem and the potential remedies.


"I would urge members to attend and also bring along a friend. Refreshments will be available."


The meetings will be held on February 20 at Brecon Rugby Club (for Brecon, Sennybridge and Penderyn sub-branches) and on February 28 at the FUW Pavilion, RWAS Showground, Llanelwedd (for Builth, Llanwrtyd, Penybont and Rhayader sub-branches). Both meetings will start at 7.30pm.