The National Park Authority administers Sustainable Development Fund grants in Pembrokeshire. To read summary details of the projects supported by the fund, choose a project title from the list below.
Launching Bio Energy in Pembrokeshire
The project aims to supply planting grants for miscanthus to a limited number of trial sites in Pembrokeshire totalling ten hectares,at the same rate, £920 per hectare, as is currently available to farmers in England. The establishment costs of miscanthus are high, £1800 per hectare, as it is grown from rhizomes and not seed. However, the crop has a useful life of 20 years, annual harvesting at up to 15 tonnes per hectare of dry biomass and minimum fertilizer requirements once established. Research in England has shown the crop increases biodiversity when planted at an appropropriate scale. The selection of farms for trial sites will be made by the steering group of Pembrokeshire Bio Energy Ltd. The co-operative would also like to apply for a contribution towards marketing costs and production of a newsletter to publicise available opportunities.
Project Total Cost: £22,960.00
Grant Awarded: £11,700.00