SDF Grant Assessment Panel

23/11/2011 - National Park Offices

Minutes

1. To appoint a Chairman for the ensuing year

2. To appoint a Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year

3. To receive apologies for absence

4. To receive any disclosure of interest by Members or Officers in respect of any item of business

5. To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the SDF Grant Assessment Panel held on the 19th January, 2011

6. To consider the report of the SDF Administrator

7. To consider the applications on the following pages:


SDF 0308 – Training Skills for the Management of Woodland and Wetland Habitats

Pembroke 21C is undertaking a project to train local people in traditional land and woodland management skills, whilst also benefiting the local environment by creating and enhancing important habitats and increasing biodiversity. The project also provides opportunities for volunteering and employment and will raise revenue for the benefit of the community. Training and management activities are taking place on two sites close to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boundary at Hentland Farm near Pwllcrochan and the National Trusts Kingsmill woodland close to Castlemartin.

Four people will be trained as trainers in land and woodland management and Pembroke 21C will work with local organisations in and around the National Park to identify and recruit local candidates for training. They will also work  to achieve OCN accreditation with the aim of employing a small number of the qualified trainees to work as part of a team to improve and manage woodland and wetland projects across South Pembroke.

A contribution from the SDF is sought towards the costs of the trainers, Health and Safety equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, tools and eqipment hire associated with both the training and work at the sites, minibuses to transport trainees to the sites and signing and translation costs.

The intended project outcomes include:
• New habitat created at Hentland through the planting of short rotation willow and hazel coppice to be used for environmental projects such as river bank stabilisation, as well as a buffer zone of broadleaf woodland
• Improved woodland at Kingsmill by thinning the woodland, clearing and laying paths and  bridges, which will be available for the local community to use and enjoy
• Improvements in biodiversity contributing towards the Local Biodiversity Action Plans
• Guided walks and talks on both projects for the general public to increase their understanding of the local environment
• An accredited training progamme in wetland and woodland management skills for local people
• Increased employment and volunteering opportunities in the National Park
• A team of skilled people to carry out and manage similar projects in the National Park area of South Pembrokeshire
• Increased revenue to sustain these and to develop other projects in the area
• Greater access to and enjoyment of areas of the National Park previously inaccessible

SDF 0312 – Low Carbon Cook Off

The Low Carbon Cook-Off is an innovative communication project, looking at the environmental impacts of our modern food system in a fun and engaging way. The Eco Centre Wales (ECW) are seeking SDF funding for this event-based participative project, designed to use a popular subject area (food and cooking) and format (chefs discussing recipes and cooking them) to introduce the public to the concept of food sustainability. The events can be summarised as a cross between ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and ‘Masterchef’. Local chefs are invited to make a meal with a view to keeping the footprint of the ingredients as small as possible. They have 30 minutes to make a meal, whilst explaining the source of their ingredients. The audience are then invited to taste the meal and judge the best taking into account the low carbon nature of the dish, and its taste. During the preparation and cooking of the meals, the event compere talks about a whole range of food issues and the everyday solutions available to us when trying to reduce the environmental impacts of that most mundane of daily decisions: ‘What’s for dinner?’. The public engagement is perpetuated by asking the audience to make a pledge to undertake an action that has a positive impact on their food choices e.g. growing their own vegetables, buying more seasonal food; buying more locally; using more fresh ingredients etc.

There is flexibility in the format of the event; as an alternative to hosting chefs at food festivals, local amateur cooks and community groups can be involved and events hosted in any location, indoors or outdoors. In these cases, audience interaction will be similar to the 'taste and judge' of the public events, but also include more workshop type activities looking at food sustainability issues.

SDF 0313 – Newport Community Energy Project: Hall Fit for Future: Reducing Energy Use

Newport Community Energy Project’s (NCEP) aim is to renovate the much used but energy out-dated Newport Memorial Hall, so that it is a model of reduced energy consumption with users taking part in conscious energy management. Initial calculations from a recently completed energy audit indicate that savings of up to 50% of current carbon dioxide emissions from energy used in the Hall may be achievable. To achieve this aim NCEP have teamed up with Newport Area Environment Group (NAEG) and the Eco Centre Wales (ECW) to help deliver this three part project which comprises of saving energy through insulation and low energy lighting, generating renewable energy by installing photovoltaic panels and instituting a behavior change and education programme to transform awareness and energy use patterns. SDF funding is sought towards insulating the building and will also contribute through the Little Green Grant (LGG) Fund towards the behaviour change and education element. Feed-in Tariff from the pv panels will be used to part finance future green community projects for the next 25 years.
In the future, once the green renovations of the hall have been achieved NCEP plan to set up a “Green Hub” i.e an office, showcase and cooperation centre for a number of small businesses which currently work from home and would benefit from linking to each other and to the social networks using the hall.

SDF 0314 – Ty Unnos Development of Building Components from Low Grade Timber

Coed Cymru seek SDF support towards the development of a homegrown cross laminated timber panel which will form part of the platform of components comprising the Ty Unnos housing system but will also be a product in its own right. Cross laminated timber involves taking short lengths of timber and laminating them together to form panels for construction. The project aims to bring to market low value homegrown timber in high value construction applications by helping to deliver affordable, sustainable housing and other buildings. The funding will be used to address the main research, development and testing requirements. This project is a progression from the successful outcome of work to date, including that previously supported by SDF to achieve technical certification for box and ladder beams components of the housing system and demonstrating the new, innovative approach to building low cost, high performance eco housing with Welsh materials.
Coed Cymru have identified a potential system of manufacture which could increase the viability of the product for businesses in Wales, and businesses in Pembrokeshire already engaged through previous developmental and demonstration work linked to the Ty Unnos system are ideally placed to take this forward. Immediate aims will be to replace Oriented Strand Board (OSB) completely in the Ty Unnos system but also to bring to market cross laminated timber as a product in its own right with wide application. Increasing the use of homegrown timber in construction will lead to more localised processing and conversion. Working with the Pembrokeshire Timber Store, whose remit is to bring timber from local woodlands into the supply chain involving private sector contractors and businesses, will ensure that the benefits of the project extend back into local woodlands through an already established channel.

SDF 0315 – Martletwy Sustainable Community Project

LMN 2000, a community Group representing the communities of Landshipping, Minwear and Newton, are developing an ambitious community project which will deliver affordable, sustainable housing, a community facility, a market garden run by a social enterprise and an energy centre comprised of a combined heat and electricity biomass boiler. To allow the project to progress LMN 2000 have requested SDF funding for a comprehensive feasibility study. The study is to include an in depth energy analysis, business plan, full plan drawings and planning permission for the proposed development on an identified seven acre site on the outskirts of Martletwy. It is envisaged that the energy centre would supply the eight proposed affordable dwellings and the community facility with clean green energy and excess heat will heat the glass houses. Any excess electricity will be combined with that produced by photovoltaic panels and exported to the national grid. Solar hot water panels will also be used to supply the houses and community facility with hot water. The in-depth feasibility study will also be used to support a planned application to the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities and Activities Programme (CFAP) for funding towards purchase of the land.