SDF Projects

Summary details of the projects supported by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

Heritage Guardians
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority with work with primary schools situated in the National Park, and the surrounding local community, to encourage them to ‘adopt’ a local heritage monument. This will help to improve the appearance, access, awareness, monitoring and interpretation of the site.

As part of the process and after completion of the project, the site may be used as an outdoor area to deliver lessons covering all aspects of the curriculum but importantly the children will also be introduced to archaeological techniques such as artefact identification, recording and excavating. Ultimately the project will introduce children to their local heritage, encourage their interaction with that heritage and inspire them to take pride in it.

By improving access, carrying out any repair necessary repair work and developing a monitoring programme the project will also safeguard these monuments for the future. Interpretation through creative means such as artwork, photography, films, drama and social media will raise awareness more widely so that the local community and general public will also benefit.

Project Total Cost: £37,543
Grant Awarded: £11,729

 

Native Oyster Restoration Aquaculture Trial MReis
Tethys Oysters Ltd (Thethys) will work in collaboration with Swansea University to investigate a novel approach to developing a native oyster (Ostrea edulis) growing business in Pembrokeshire, using a “Restoration Aquaculture” model.

The native oyster is listed as a UK Biodiversity Action Plan species, and identified as one of the Habitats and Species of Principle importance to Wales.  One of the reasons for the serious decline in species numbers is the parasitic disease Bonamia, which has seriously affected populations of native oysters causing mass mortalities in many historic oyster-producing areas, including the Milford Haven Waterway and Cleddau rivers.

In response to evidence that native oysters removed from their native seabed and raised into the water column may be healthier, less stressed, have reduced exposure risk to disease and hence increased survival rates, Tethys has recently developed an oyster basket design (ortec basket) specifically as a nursery and grow out habitat for native oysters. Testing in a growing commercial context is now required and this research project will provide empirical data to biologists and oyster aquaculture businesses on the growth and survival of native oysters in newly developed culture systems. It will also provide baseline data crucial for evaluating the effects of culturing native oysters on the surrounding biodiversity and potential for these oysters to populate the surrounding ecosystem (overspill). Evidence of overspill would have a restorative effect with regard to the wild population.

Tethys farm at Angle Bay will create jobs and produce high quality produce whilst also playing a key role in restoring the threatened native oyster population and associated ecosystem services.

Project Total Cost: £19,872
Grant Awarded: £4,800

 

Coleg y Môr – Phase Two
Sea Trust, based at the Ocean Lab in Goodwick, wish to build upon the success of their SDF funded Phase One Coleg y Môr project and expand their outdoor educational ecotourism activities, helping to further their aim to become financially sustainable. To date, the Coleg y Môr project has successfully been raising awareness of environmental conservation and sustainability to both visitors and school groups. Phase Two will, however, build upon this success by taking their activities outside the Ocean Lab including the upgraded Sea Môr Aquarium. This will be achieved by providing new regular outdoor wildlife based activities and courses to include:

  • Organising and trialling dolphin watching days aboard the Stena Line ferry
  • Training volunteer wildlife guides
  • Developing small boat trips combined with surveys of cetaceans and surveys for indicators of climate change
  • Collecting wildlife footage (including underwater footage) for publicity

Funding towards the Project Development Officer role is crucial for the further development of Coleg y Môr and to manage the expansion and diversification into ecotourism. This will help to deliver a more multi-faceted approach to the core conservation work that the Sea Trust is recognised for and is necessary to secure its long-term financial viability. The role involves managing the upgraded Sea Môr Aquarium, managing volunteers, managing internships, developing new scientific projects, fundraising, developing links with schools/colleges/universities and developing and trialling new courses and activities.

Project Total Cost: £93,100
Grant Awarded: £32,127

 

Brynberian Community Centre
The former Victorian school, which is community owned and functions as a Community Centre in the Welsh speaking rural hamlet of Brynberian, requires refurbishment to provide a sustainable and fit-for-purpose social hub for the village and its surrounding area. Following community consultation and an energy assessment the following renovation work is planned:

  • Insulation of the building
  • Installation of a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic panels
  • New wheelchair accessible entrance and toilet facilities
  • Refurbishment of the kitchen
  • Creation of a Heritage Centre
  • Landscaping.

Installing energy efficient technologies and insulation will not only reduce the Centre’s carbon footprint but also reduce its energy bills, as well as making it more attractive to potential renters which will help to sustain the Centre financially. This is vital if the Centre is to continue to provide a much needed focus for Brynberian and its neighbouring communities. The present facilities and programme of activities will be expanded to include IT training skills (with computers and fast broadband), office and work space and the creation of a Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre will not only disseminate knowledge helping to preserve the Welsh language and culture in the immediate locality but also encourage visits to nearby important archaeological and historical sites eg Pentre Ifan cromlech and sites such as Coed Tycanol, important for flora and fauna.

Project Total Cost: £81,900
Grant Awarded: £38,500

 

Marine Renewable Energy Supply Chain Development
The Marine Renewable Energy Supply Chain Development (MRESCD) project will assess the supply chain capabilities of Pembrokeshire companies with the potential to diversify into the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) industry. It will also provide stakeholder engagement and ‘Meet the Buyer’ opportunities for these companies with the aim of helping them to diversify into a new and lucrative market. The initial scoping and opportunity assessment will not only give a baseline understanding of the local MRE supply chain by identifying those companies already working in the sector and those with a strong potential to diversify, but will also look at and assist in providing the type of support that companies need to penetrate the sector.

Engagement with local supply chain companies will ensure that they not only understand the opportunities presented but also receive support to ensure that they are in a strong position to bid for and secure contracts. Ultimately, by providing the local supply chain a ‘gateway’ to develop in the emerging marine energy sector, this project seeks to help provide long term economic, societal and environmental sustainability.

Project Total Cost: £57,518
Grant Awarded: £17,255

 

Well-being
As part of a wider all Wales partnership project led by Keep Wales Tidy (KWT), the Well-being project will increase the awareness and understanding of Welsh culture and heritage, and improve access to wellsprings within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The partnership believes that the network of sacred springs, holy wells and medicinal spas in Wales, collectively known as wellsprings, represents a vitally important heritage asset that is worthy of greater interest, recording and protection.

This project development phase will investigate the wells, undertake site surveys and research and carry out community consultations to improve the records and recording of wellsprings specifically around the St Davids and Strumble Head area to ensure that they are not lost. Local communities will be engaged to conserve and promote their local wells and in the longer term businesses will also be encouraged to promote the tourism benefits of the wellsprings and their links to other heritage sites. In addition the project will investigate the biodiversity benefits of the wellspring sites and the potential to promote the importance of managing water resources.

Project Total Cost: £18,830
Grant Awarded: £6,000

 

Sustainable Seaweed Management in the Haven Waterway
This project focusses on the management of seaweed blooms in the Milford Haven waterway as a way to address the significant environmental issue of high nutrient levels affecting the water quality. The proposed pilot will collect seaweed from the waterway and use it as a feedstock for a small anaerobic digestion facility to produce biogas and fertiliser for local use. Project work will include an options appraisal for use of seaweed as feedstock for anaerobic digestion and subsequent use for biogas and financial modelling of the proposed process.

Also a feasibility study to explore how the management and growth of seaweed could play a role in Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES) schemes such as Ecobank, which is a specific scheme being piloted in Pembrokeshire by Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales. The project has the potential to act as a catalyst, leading to both environmental and economic benefits for the region, helping to reduce nutrient levels in the waterway, and to improve the recreational enjoyment of the waterway as well as providing opportunities for employment for the local community.

Project Total Cost: £85,000
Grant Awarded: £40,000

 

Slipper Limpet Hemocyanin Study
This project is a research study to investigate the extraction of hemocyanin from the slipper limpet and compare it against existing hemocyanins used in pharma products. Hemocyanin is a crucial protein adjuvant for vaccines and other cancer therapies. It is known that slipper limpets contain hemocyanin but not known whether it can be extracted in commercial quantities or whether it is possible to purify it in a similar way to other extracted hemocyanins or how it compares to other products, which is what this project will determine.

The project will also develop a plan for slipper limpet extraction and handling for fishermen who catch the limpet as a by-catch. The slipper limpet is an invasive non-native species found to be having a detrimental impact on biodiversity in local waterways, fish hatcheries and shellfish beds. In the future commercial product development could bring significant environmental and economic benefits to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Project Total Cost: £129,976
Grant Awarded: £34,413

 

Solva Care – Development Phase
Following the Solva Care pilot phase, this project is moving into its development phase. This next phase will build upon the best practice trialled and delivered to date but also integrate the voluntary services delivered with those delivering local authority or private domiciliary care, to provide a seamless integrated service. This phase will also extend the service user base and provide a more preventative service as a means of delaying the slow decline into dependency which results as individuals become less mobile and more isolated. Development of a website as an additional communication tool, vetting and recommending local tradespeople and investigating a model for future financial sustainability into the longer term are other new work areas that will be undertaken when moving the project forward.

Project Total Cost: £74,461
Grant Awarded: £21,421

 

Coastal Curriculum – Marine Energy
This project will build upon a SDF funded pilot project which provided young stakeholders in Milford Haven Comprehensive School, the chance to benefit from a newly developed education programme linked to the emerging marine energy industry. Students were made aware of innovative developments and potential opportunities associated with local marine renewable energy generation. The aim is to ensure that future generations are better informed and therefore more able to take full advantage of potential career opportunities.

The project achieved this by linking key information around marine energy development and careers in marine energy to the Geography National Curriculum (currently at KS3). The benefits of this approach, ie delivering the curriculum linked education programme in geography lessons, were evident. Following overwhelmingly positive feedback SDF will help to roll out the education resource created in the pilot to all secondary schools in Pembrokeshire. Two lessons will be taught to each of the nine secondary schools which, with an average class size of 30 pupils, meaning that approximately 540 student interactions will take place. Early engagement will insure that future generations are made aware of important opportunities for career development.

Project Total Cost: £6,990
Grant Awarded: £3,490

 

Strumble Tidal Flow
The Strumble Tidal Flow Project aims to realise the first community owned/led tidal flow project in Wales. Research has identified areas of the seabed off Strumble Head offering a substantial energy resource where a single device or a small array of tidal turbines could potentially be installed. To drive the project forward to the next stage funding is required to pay for input from specialist consultants, with a high level of expertise in both marine energy and community development.

Specialist expertise is require to: further partnership development, undertake community consultation, engage with marine device developers to match the resource to a suitable generating device or array of devices, produce a business plan to ascertain economic viability, secure funding for subsequent phases of the project and carry out research associated with seabed licensing, planning permission requirements and assessing environmental impacts or sensitivities in preparation for an Environmental Impact Assessment that will be required at a later stage.

Due to its location and coastline marine energy sources are recognised as very important to Pembrokeshire. Development of a community tidal flow device would be an exemplar of best practice and provide a working demonstration of how tidal technology can deliver not only environmental benefit but wider community benefit too.

Project Total Cost: £31,374
Grant Awarded: £14,775

Naturally Connected
This project will pilot a new engagement initiative specifically aimed at tourism businesses who own land within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.  A consultant ecologist will deliver specialist information on ‘wildlife friendly’ land management practices and bespoke information on wildlife value and wildlife experiences within the immediate locality of each of seven participating businesses. The aim of the initiative is to encourage tourism business to adopt land management practices that provide suitable habitats for wildlife and also to promote local ‘wildlife aware’ visitor activities and experiences that will bring benefits to both the environment and also the business.

Each participating business will receive an ecological survey of their land along with an ecological report and recommendations for enhancement of their land and buildings for wildlife. Where possible National Park Authority assistance will be offered to help implement the recommendations. An information pack will also contain detail on local designated sites and areas of interest within walking/cycling/short drive distance of the business. Where tourism businesses already own and manage land of high quality for wildlife then the project may focus on assisting them to interpret this for their visitors. By linking the management of land for biodiversity directly with the tourism business it is hoped that the management of the land and wildlife gains will be sustained over the longer term.

Project Total Cost: £15,675
Grant Awarded: £7,800

 

Coleg y Môr
Coleg y Mor is a one year pilot project to develop the concept of a Coleg y Mor/Marine Academy in the uniquely situated Ocean Lab building in Goodwick. Coleg y Mor would be a Welsh centre of excellence, delivering education, scientific research, environmental monitoring and also a visitor attraction. This would provide the opportunity for the Ocean Lab building to be used as originally intended, for studying and monitoring the locally diverse mosaic of interconnected habitats and their wildlife.

It will also provide a facility for academics to mix and work with volunteers. Work undertaken would identify and aim to mitigate issues challenging our marine environment including topics such as habitat loss, biodiversity declines, climate change, pollution, invasive species and over exploitation of resources. As well as running the Ocean Lab, including volunteer management and overseeing the upgrade of the marine exhibition, a newly appointed Development Officer will also create and deliver innovative new courses and a distance learning programme whilst contacting and working with educational institutions, NGOs and partners to determine the demand and type of facility and activities that are required.

The Coleg y Mor pilot project will explore the possibilities of further developing and placing on a firmer more sustainable footing the extremely important conservation and education work that has been undertaken to date to secure the delivery of much wider environmental, social and economic benefits into the future.

Project Total Cost: £75,751
Grant Awarded: £29,961

Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools
The Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools (PODS) partnership wishes to develop and deliver a new programme of training and support for schools to enable them to become more effective in delivering outdoor education. The programme would focus on a wide range of cross-curricular learning opportunities, whilst also promoting a greater understanding of and empathy with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and more generally, the natural world. The project will include:

  • A programme of bespoke training for teachers to provide teachers with opportunities to gain confidence in delivering learning outdoors across a range of topic areas.
  • Outdoor learning sessions for pupils to showcase new approaches to learning outdoors, highlighting opportunities across the curriculum and in a range of settings.
  • A range of new supporting materials for teachers to complement existing resources and with a local emphasis designed to enable teachers to access outdoor settings in Pembrokeshire and the National Park for learning.

A part- time PODS Co-ordinator would deliver the programme with PODS partners contributing to the training and all other aspects of the project. PODS is a collaboration between the professional learning community in Pembrokeshire (including head teachers, teachers and local authority advisors) and key strategic partners including Darwin Science, Sports Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, the National Trust, Field Studies Council, Keep Wales Tidy (Eco-schools) and Health Promoting Schools Pembrokeshire.

Outdoor Schools aims to promote the use of the outdoors across the National Curriculum to develop strong, fit, healthy children who are fully acquainted with the outdoors and who have a very well developed sense of physical and emotional wellbeing.

Project Total Cost: £40,427
Grant Awarded: £18,637

Pembrokeshire Sustainable Shellfish Pilot Initiative
The Pembrokeshire Sustainable Shellfish Pilot Initiative aims to raise awareness and understanding, amongst the fishing industry and coastal communities, of the environmental and economic issues associated with ghost fishing of static gear. These are the problems caused when lost or derelict fishing gear continues to catch fish.

Fishermen will be encouraged to introduce one or more voluntary initiatives into their fishing practice, which can help to reduce their impact on the environment and demonstrate a proactive solution to some of the recognised issues. These include a reduction in fish stocks, impacts on habitats and marine litter. By introducing a series of measures such as gear tagging, biodegradable hooks, escape hatches and v-notching lobsters, as well as educating fishermen, the project aims to demonstrate that it is possible to improve the sustainability of static fishing gear off the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Consequently this will reduce the impact that lost fishing gear is having on the marine environment and minimise the likelihood of catching juvenile species. The environmental improvements secured will benefit the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC), future generations making use of the site’s living resources and also sustain economic returns for fishermen.

Project Total Cost: £40,851
Grant Awarded: £20,237

Compost Heat Recovery
To enable the sustainable expansion of a National Park based tree surgery business this innovative project intends to use a Compost Heat Recovery system to provide an environmentally friendly source of heat for a kiln to dry firewood.  Virgin timber woodchip arising from tree surgery operations that cannot be dried and used as firewood will be composted in a specially constructed composting area incorporating a patented compost aeration and heat recovery system. Renewable thermal energy captured as moist hot compost vapour is run through specialised heat exchangers where water is heated and condensate water is reclaimed. Aeration exhaust or pre-heated air can be automatically sent back into the compost for moisture and energy optimisation.

The hot water produced will run through and heat the kiln where split green timber will be dried to a 15% moisture content within two to four weeks. Once the compost mound stops producing heat for the kiln it can be sold for compost. In addition to the environmental benefits from using a renewable source of energy to heat the kiln, the project will also secure a sustainable local business, future employment and training opportunities and ongoing sustainable woodland management protecting habitats and wildlife.

Project Total Cost: £59,479
Grant Awarded: £29,929

On the Trail of Wild Honey
On the Trail of Wild Honey is a collaborative developmental project which will in the longer term link landowners, beekeepers, tourists providers and retailers with habitat conservation projects across Pembrokeshire. The project vision is to:

  • Increase the production of premium quality honey from Pembrokeshire landscapes and to link production to the conservation story eg recreated heathlands and hay meadows, newly planted orchards and restored peatlands
  • Create a collaborative working venture between beekeepers, landowners and conservation organisations to further the conservation land management at existing and new apiary sites
  • Produce associated new local heathland products eg heather ale, heather honey mead or heather soap
  • Promote products in local retail outlets
  • Establish a ‘honey trail’ in conjunction with tourist providers, to tell the story of the county’s ‘beescapes’, the habitat creation projects, the ‘bee boles’, the native Welsh black bee and the honey

To achieve this vision, support is initially required to further develop an existing ecologically sound wild meadow seed and ecological consultancy business. This will involve expansion to existing capacity in the wild seed harvesting enterprise and to keep bees, process honey and provide hives for apiaries on conservation-minded farms. Work will entail salvaging, re-erecting and sustainably adapting a Dutch barn to house bees, equipment and wild meadow seed drying racks. By purchasing beehives, associated equipment and fencing to establish out-apiaries at sites across Pembrokeshire the initial phase of the project will not only help to secure the future of a viable small farming business but also add value to conservation initiatives that contribute to the conservation, enhancement and creation of important habitats that deliver recognised benefits to biodiversity.

Project Total Cost: £22,475
Grant Awarded: £10,080

 

Pembrokeshire Park Play Our Way
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs operate out of school childcare clubs that are staffed by qualified playworkers and provide play and learning opportunities to children (3 to 14 years) before and after school and during the school holidays. Their new project, “Pembrokeshire Park Play, Our Way” will build a greater awareness and understanding amongst children, young people and play-workers of the culture, wildlife, landscape and land use of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

This will include the importance of conserving its special coastal qualities and will be achieved by learning through play in an informal, fun way. The new sustainable low/no cost activities introduced will also encourage children to be more active outdoors providing additional health and wellbeing benefits. The project will give playworkers improved knowledge, skills, confidence and a bank of new sustainable activity ideas to facilitate environmental play, learning and action for children, within the context of the National Park.

New activities will be piloted and evaluated locally and the new tested activities added to Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs environmental play pack called “Nature Zone”. To launch and demonstrate the new activities a training event will be held to show play-workers how to best use the Nature Zone pack and promote the use of the National Park as a natural learning and play resource.

Project Total Cost: £10,194
Grant Awarded: £5,046

 

Bee Wild West Wales
Bumblebees are charismatic, captivating insects that play a vital role in pollinating our crops and wildflowers but their numbers are declining. With learning and participation at its core, this project will use fun and interactive ways to engage, promote and enable action to make West  Wales a buzzing haven for bumblebees. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust will work with local communities to help them discover how important bumblebees are and what they can do to protect them.

People will be encouraged to engage with bumblebees through citizen science and conservation work parties as well as a variety of events (identification training, bumblebee hunts, bilingual resources, guided walks, surveys). An education and activity programme will be developed in conjunction with Farms for City Children and a toolkit for community groups will be distributed, which will help to make greenspaces more bee friendly. This will create a legacy for the project and help to expand the network of bumblebee habitat. Bee Wild West Wales will improve employment opportunities by developing the skills and knowledge of volunteers, conserve bumblebees, improve health, well-being and social cohesion by encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors and participate in volunteering and improve our wider understanding and knowledge by collecting and disseminating data.

Project Total Cost: £70,493
Grant Awarded: £20,824

 

Marine Energy – Education Development and Fisheries Diversification
Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, through their Marine Energy Pembrokeshire work-stream, aims to raise awareness of the recognised marine energy potential of the sea surrounding Pembrokeshire and in particular focus on forthcoming opportunities for socio economic benefit. This project will engage with young people in one of the county’s secondary schools and the local fishing community to raise awareness of potential involvement and opportunity associated with the developing marine renewable energy industry. Funding would assist delivery of:

  • A new education programme providing information on renewable energy and promoting upcoming career opportunities in the marine energy industry. This will enable students to make informed choices regarding their subject options and future career path. The programme will be delivered during geography lessons and will be linked to the National Curriculum and local future industry needs.
  • Two stakeholder engagement events with the fisheries sector to improve future livelihood prospects by explaining possible diversification options associated with the Pembrokeshire Marine Energy Wave Demonstration Zone and marine energy industry in the area.
    Early engagement is considered essential to ensure that local communities are in a strong position to take advantage of opportunities and reap potential benefits.

Project Total Cost: £10,287
Grant Awarded: £4,982

 

Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm: Phase III
The Bug Farm Phase 3 project will build on Phases 1 and 2 to deliver an exceptional, year-round, all weather educational experience for tourists, the local community, schools, colleges and universities. Phase 1 developed off-site educational events and research Projects. Phase 2 built on Phase 1 and supported the purchase of a farmstead and the development of the lecture room, laboratory, insect breeding rooms and associated infrastructure/employment. Phase 3 will see the opening of The Bug Farm to the public and in addition to on-site bug hunts, guided walks, workshops and discussion events will include  the following:

  • A tropical walk-through Bug House created within a polytunnel, landscaped with tropical plants and containing butterflies and other invertebrates (bugs).
  • A Pembrokeshire (temperate) walk-through Bug House also created in a polytunnel which will join the Tropical Bug House to create one continuous experience from the Amazon rainforest back to Pembrokeshire. This Bug House will be landscaped with Pembrokeshire’s native plants and habitats and stocked with our beautiful under-valued native invertebrate (bug) species, many of which are difficult to see in the wild.
  • A Cocoon constructed from the farm’s old steel grain silo. You will enter into the hidden, alien world of the sights and sounds of insect metamorphosis.
  • A ticket office/shop/gallery housed in the farm’s old milking shed. Here visitors will be able to buy their tickets, bug-hunting kits, entomological equipment, branded merchandise, produce from the Bug Farm farm and view insect art in the gallery area.

Project Total Cost: £155,094
Grant Awarded: £32,034

 

Newport Memorial Hall Medieval Kiln Project
The aim of this community based project is to create a new cultural heritage attraction by conserving a medieval pottery kiln (15th century), registered as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Nationally Important Designated Site. It is also to provide a complementary and diverse programme of community engagement activities and educational workshops. These will promote the wider understanding and awareness of sustainability through related themes and help boost the local economy through heritage tourism in order to build capacity in the community.

The kiln was discovered when excavating the foundations for Newport Memorial Hall in 1921 and there it has remained ever since, hidden from view in the basement. Led by volunteers, with the support of the project manager, essential structural changes will be undertaken to improve environmental conditions and therefore inhibit mould growth that is currently threatening the fabric of the kiln. This work will also allow access to the kiln by the public and provide a multi-purpose education resource area with interpretation of the medieval kiln, medieval Newport, the kiln’s pottery and its regional story. Creative interpretation of the kiln will also reflect the wider issues linking the medieval kiln and its pottery to geology, the environment and sustainability. In a report commissioned by Cadw, the kiln has been described as ‘the best preserved medieval pottery kiln in Wales, possibly the UK’.

Project Total Cost: £131,150
Grant Awarded: £15,000

 

Off Grid Street Food
Café Môr, a multi-award winning street food offer based at Freshwater West and which serves locally sourced sustainable food, aims to develop the UK’s first off-grid mobile catering outlet. Mobile catering units are currently solely reliant on LPG gas to fuel cooking equipment and petrol generators to power fridges and freezers. This project will be the first of its kind and provide an example of how mobile catering can be powered by more sustainable resources. The project is to develop the existing mobile catering unit to operate without the need for an on-site generator. This will be achieved by installing photo-voltaic  panels and a wind turbine to the roof of the trailer, a battery bank and DC/LPG compatible catering equipment or better energy efficient white goods.

The project will be a pioneering project within the mobile catering industry and demonstrate the feasibility of reducing the use of fossil fuels to operate a mobile catering trailer. It will also mean that visitors to the trailer and beach will not experience the noise of the generator and provide visual evidence of how renewable energy and good design can provide all the services required to operate a trailer in a remote location. The exemplar project and a published case study will be widely publicised to show what can be achieved with renewable technology and raise awareness of the potential benefits of wider uptake by the mobile catering industry.

Project Total Cost: £10,241
Grant Awarded: £5,121

 

Solva Care Pilot Project
The overall aim of the Solva Care Community Project is to improve the health and well-being of the community by establishing a social enterprise company that would provide care packages at a variety of levels according to need. The work of locally based carers will be supported and enhanced by a team of volunteers.

By focussing on the needs of the individual in the community and providing continuity of care, the project will also strengthen and support the wider community and facilitate an integrated holistic and sustainable approach to well being in the community.

Funding will support a two year pilot working with teams of volunteers, to establish the best ways of working at a local level to deliver a full programme of care to members of the community in need of help. The model of community care proposed is unique and was devised after community consultation concluded that this was a sustainable solution to meeting the current and longer term needs of the community, especially the older members. Funding will contribute towards the appointment of a part time Project Coordinator to assist in establishing the volunteer framework and arranging and delivering the training of volunteers. The Co-Ordinator will also work towards implementation of the next phase (post pilot) of project delivery.

Project Total Cost: £94,038
Grant Awarded: £23,408

 

Biomass Firewood Kiln
This project involves the construction of a firewood kiln that will be fuelled by biomass. It will assist a tree surgery business based in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to expand their existing business sustainably and create additional employment and training opportunities. The kiln will be constructed from a super insulated shipping container with an electric ventilation/humidity/temperature control system. The heat source will be underfloor heating supplied by solar thermal energy and a biomass boiler. The tree working activities will provide a sustainable local base material which will be sold on as kiln dried firewood. During the processing of the firewood, a large amount of waste material (not suitable to be sold on) is also produced and this will be used to fuel the kiln. A bespoke racking and stacking system will be used to dry the woodchip from the tree surgery operations. Benefits of kiln drying timber include:

  • No requirement for a large storage shed as the timber can be processed and seasoned in a matter of days to provide a ‘made to order service’
  • Fuel produced as and when required
  • Moisture content below 12% (unachievable from air drying timber) giving a superior more efficient fuel
  • Lasting impacts of the project will be a sustainable local business, employment and sustainable woodland management that will protect habitats and biodiversity.

Project Total Cost: £27,720
Grant Awarded: £11,760

 

Marine Code – Caldey Island Buoyage
The main output from this project is the provision and placement of buoys to support awareness of and adherence to the Marine Code in the area around Caldey and St Margaret’s Islands. Visually marking the sensitive locations with buoys is a different approach that will alert water users, raise awareness of the code and therefore change behaviour to help protect marine wildlife, the special qualities of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and consequently the local economy. This will be linked to new supporting educational and awareness raising material and, if successful, could be deployed in other locations in Pembrokeshire and further afield. T

he Marine Code is a combination of Voluntary Seasonal Access Agreements and Codes of Conduct for minimising disturbance to marine wildlife which helps protect marine ecosystems. The partnership approach which includes local businesses, statutory and non-statutory organisations has been in existence for over 10 years. This collaboration has developed an approach which is viewed as best practice around the UK, helps protect a wildlife boat trip sector that is worth an estimated £9.7m of expenditure per annum to the local economy and is written into Marine Licenses by NRW.

Project Total Cost: £10,006
Grant Awarded: £4,556

 

A Stitch in Time
This project is a pilot, river catchment-based project, to control invasive non-native plant species in the Gwaun Valley. A project coordinator will be employed for fifteen months on a part-time basis in order to involve organisations, landowners and communities in surveying the upper area of the Gwaun Valley catchment for invasive non-native plant species and then using species and location appropriate methods and techniques to control Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Rhododendron. These three key invasive species have been identified by the Pembrokeshire Biodiversity Partnership as priority species for control.

The intended outcomes of the project are:

  1. A locally-adapted, catchment-based, invasive species control model, applicable in the National Park and wider Pembrokeshire, in even the most environmentally sensitive areas.
  2. Mapped knowledge of and reduction in extent of invasive species in the Gwaun Valley catchment
  3. Increased agency and individual/community awareness of and capacity to manage key invasive plant species following the project.
  4. Online documentation of the project as a reference resource, to include approaches to engagement with communities and partner organisations, invasive species survey, mapping, identification of transmission routes, treatment and lessons learned.

Project Total Cost: £51,626
Grant Awarded: £25,318

 

Passive Window and Door Manufacturing Area
Thomas Joinery’s aim is to grow their business sustainably by increasing manufacturing capability, reducing energy consumption and associated costs and providing ongoing employment and training opportunities as well as continuing to manufacture and supply high quality sustainable products. To achieve this aim they need to update and improve their existing premises and processes by:

  • Extending the workshop area, including the spray shop and providing timber and briquette stock storage capacity
  • Modernising the spray shop facility to increase volume and efficiency • Putting in place ‘greener’ energy solutions eg LED lighting

The business has designed a ‘Passive Window’ which has been certified by the German Passive Haus Institute. They are the only manufacturer in the UK of these high specification timber items. This project is essential to test the ‘Passive Windows and Doors’ for Secure by Design by TRADA (trade recognised organisation for product testing) and to meet new demands in addition to regular orders, whilst continuing to secure the employment and training of local people.

Project Total Cost: £62,010
Grant Awarded: £31,005

 

Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm: Phase II
Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm was set up in St Davids in 2013. Phase 1 of the project is to establish an education and outreach programme on the importance of insects and to undertake scientific research in connection with breeding dung beetles for key ecosystems services. This Phase 2 project will enable the enterprise to develop into a farm delivering conservation through research, innovation and education. It is the next step towards overall development of the Bug Farm and includes the purchase of a farmstead site in St Davids so that the Bug Farm has a permanent base that will enable expansion of the enterprise to meet demand.

After purchase, two traditional buildings will be renovated into a laboratory/interpretative centre and a controlled temperature dung beetle breeding room with a public viewing gallery. A wheelchair-accessible compost toilet will also be built. These facilities will allow development into an internationally renowned research station, an education resource for residents and tourists and provide a wet weather tourist attraction. The project also aims to restore lowland heath habitat on the farm, creating a linked corridor between two habitats of national importance for biodiversity, ie between Dowrog Common Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and St Davids Airfield (SSSI).

It also provides a unique research opportunity into species movements and colonisation of previously isolated habitat patches through conservation grazing on the farm and Dowrog Common. Overall, the funding will provide the infrastructure to develop the Bug Farm into an internationally-renowned research station, facilitate innovative, world-class research on ecosystem services provided by wildlife and the future of sustainable food production. The public interpretative centre at the Bug Farm will then disseminate this innovative research to the residents of, and visitors to, Pembrokeshire, whilst the creation of the habitat corridor delivers conservation in action.

Project Total Cost: £563,869
Grant Awarded: £107,500

 

Green Key Pilot
Green Key is a non-governmental, independent, eco-labelling programme for the tourist industry, which is recognised and supported by the World Tourism Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme. Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) wish to run a 14 month pilot of Green Key in Pembrokeshire, with the longer term aim to establish Green Key in Wales. Currently Green Key is not run anywhere in the UK.

The pilot will be based on working with 25 tourism businesses in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and establishing an Advisory Committee, with members from tourism interest groups locally as well as national organisations such as Visit Wales and Welsh Water, to develop and test the criteria for the programme. Crucial to the pilot is the development of an IT system to enable the programme to be run electronically, which is essential to make participation and evaluation as easy as possible.

The pilot will also allow KWT to set affordable fee structures, which reflect the different sizes of establishments. A business plan will be commissioned to ensure that the Green Key Programme and the fee structure that emerges can be rolled out effectively, is economically sound and contributes to the upkeep of the local environment by incorporating a form of visitor pay-back.

Project Total Cost: £31,960
Grant Awarded: £15,000

 

Saundersfoot Regency Hall Community Regeneration Project
Saundersfoot’s community village hall (The Regency Hall) was originally designed and built over 50 years ago by local people. The original building has now been demolished and is being replaced by a new modern, energy efficient and sustainably designed community building. The new building is being constructed to BREEAM Very Good standard and will provide significantly improved facilities for residents, visitors, community groups, local businesses and many others.

SDF funding will contribute towards completion of the refurbishment, ensuring that the hall will be able to deliver for its wide range of users and be financially sustainable into the future. The funding will be used to complete the fit-for-purpose kitchen, for a theatrical sound and lighting system and an electric mobility scooter to benefit residents and visitors with limited mobility. The kitchen equipment will support a small café for the hall users and enable catering for larger hall bookings such as weddings and conferences. The sound and lighting equipment will greatly enhance productions by local amateur dramatic societies and also benefit the local schools as well as facilitating other activities including concerts, meetings, film shows, conferences, drama or exercise classes etc. All will enhance social cohesion, promote inter-generational activities within the community, encourage greater inclusivity and are essential for longer term financial viability.

Project Total Cost: £74,008
Grant Awarded: £37,872

 

Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm: Phase 1
Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm is a brand-new venture based in St Davids. The Bug Farm combines:

(1)’Dung Beetles Direct’ (DBD): an innovative initiative breeding dung beetles to supply to farmers/horse-owners to deliver key ecosystem services including removal of dung from pasture and (2)education and outreach on the importance of insects.

SDF support has been secured to contribute towards starting up the education and outreach programme, scientific research essential to the success of ‘Dung Beetles Direct’, and to disseminate knowledge and raise awareness of the importance of dung beetles in a sustainable ecosystem. The education and outreach programme will include expert led bug safaris, across land in St Davids, on Ramsey Island and beyond. Participants will learn about the importance of insects and their roles in our sustainable future. The research element of the project will include a study to map the genetic diversity of dung beetle species to ensure that only the correct species are bred and released, preventing genetic dilution of wild populations and to test beetles for transmissible livestock diseases.

This is the first, essential phase of a much bigger overall project vision which is to sustainably develop the Bug Farm activities into a research station and educational facility.

Project Total Cost: £25,474
Grant Awarded: £10,727

Waste Paper and Card to Bio-mass Solid Fuel
Polypembs Ltd offers a free collection of waste expanded polystyrene packaging and associated cardboard and paper from local businesses and amenity sites to capture this valuable resource before it enters the waste stream. This project will bring a new and useful solution to the packaging paper, card and cardboard that is collected and is at present baled and transported to distant mills or exported. The cardboard and paper will be processed into an economical bio-mass fuel to be used locally in open fires, log burners, Agas and bio-mass boilers. This high performance fuel in the form of small logs or briquettes will be available throughout the local area in bulk or bagged form and will offer a real and cost effective alternative to traditional solid fuels.

Project Total Cost: £58,645
Grant Awarded: £28,000

 

Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture Polytunnel
Caerhys Organic Community Supported Agriculture (COCA) is a community supported agriculture scheme run on the principles of social enterprise. Member households pay £20 to £40 a month for a weekly share of organically grown local produce. COCA has been growing organic seasonal vegetables on 4 acres of land at Caerhys Organic Farm since early 2010. In order to ensure better early growing conditions for a larger variety of module-grown field crops, over winter production of late and early salads and greens and increased summer production of tender crops such as tomatoes, cucumber, beans and sweetcorn, COCA have secured SDF funding towrads the purchase of a second polytunnel. More than one polytunnel is required for crop rotation, organic disease control and to achieve the extended season and quantities of production aimed for in uncertain climatic conditions. This second polytunnel is vital to maintain and improve the quality, quantity and variety of vegetables, which will help to expand membership to a target of 80 households.

Project Total Cost: £6,442
Grant Awarded: £3,474

 

eduCAT
The eduCAT (education catalyst) project takes actual sustainability challenges, which are being experienced by business or public sector organizations, into the County’s secondary schools. Pupils from an entire school year group are encouraged and helped to develop innovative and practical solutions to the set challenges that take into account social, economic and environmental considerations. With guidance, their ideas will be developed into a business plan that will be presented back to the challenge setter. Pupils gain new understanding and an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to real life business situations, whilst developing new skills such as creative thinking and practical understanding of the implications and constraints that climate change may place on their future employers. Adventure guides, who are currently only seasonally employed, will be trained to deliver the programme, which will also help to retain skilled young people working in the county throughout the year.

Project Total Cost: £116,871
Grant Awarded: £59,271

 

Cardigan Community Regeneration Options Appraisal Study
4CG, a community enterprise company, secured SDF support to undertake a feasibility study and fully business planned options appraisal exercise to determine how they can best deliver commercially viable sustainable development of Cardigan and the surrounding areas. Their over-riding intention is to support and future proof the local economy, by provision of the most appropriate facilities to support local businesses and producers and to retain finances and resources locally. Through community share offers and loan facilities they have purchased three sites in Cardigan which will be developed for the benefit of the local economy.

The proposed study will look at all aspects of these sites to determine costed and commercially viable options from which one will be chosen as the optimal form of development. An important part of the study will also be community consultation, as it is hoped that the preferred development option will become a new ‘heart’ for Cardigan and surrounding communities. It will be an exemplar, fully commercially viable model of community based sustainable development of benefit to other communities who seek the same future for their local area.

Project Total Cost: £42,332
Grant Awarded: £10,000

 

Cemaes Himalayan Balsam Eradication Project 2013
St Dogmaels Community Association’s project, Cemaes Himalayan Balsam Eradication Project 2013, will follow on from successful project work commenced in 2012. The overall aim is to prevent the spread and to eradicate the invasive weed, Himalayan balsam, from a 30-acre area on Cemaes Head. Also in the longer term, to return land, unmanaged for many decades, to a more productive agricultural state with a pattern of natural wildlife habitats. Work undertaken to date has proved effective, but to realise even greater potential benefits to conservation, biodiversity and longer term sustainable land management, additional follow on work is essential. Project work will include further removal of Himalayan balsam from sites by hand pulling or mechanical means, depending upon the density of plant growth and nature of the terrain.

Project Total Cost: £27,260
Grant Awarded: £13,670

 

A Mobile Appilcation and Integrated Web Interface for recording Dragonflies
Through this project the West Wales biodiversity Information Centre (WWBIC) aim to increase the amount and involvement in biological recording in Pembrokeshire, by creating an integrated mobile recording application and website interface and making this available to volunteer recorders. Funding will assist development of an application to send dragonfly records captured by field recorders to the database at the WWBIC, using a cellular network or a wireless broadband connection. The integrated web mapping interface will allow records to be viewed and verified by experts. Recorders and volunteers will use a mobile device with built in GPS on which sits an application tailored to recording dragonflies. Biological records will be entered directly onto a map and into a user friendly data entry interface, which stores and uploads the records to the WWBIC database when a signal is available. Once complete this project should pave the way for the development for other species groups and also allow other organisations or groups to share the information captured.

Project Total Cost: £8,195
Grant Awarded: £3,968

 

Wyndrush Wild Meadow Seed
This project entails harvesting seed from wildflower meadows for use by local individuals and organisations who wish to restore similar meadows on their own land. The project will provide an economic incentive for traditional, good ecological management of flower-rich hay meadows, helping this scarce and precious resource to be maintained into the future. It will also provide opportunities for additions to this resource to be made in an ecologically sound fashion, using locally-sourced, native seed from plants adapted to the Pembrokeshire environment.

Project Total Cost: £14,270
Grant Awarded: £7,135

 

Walking with Wheels
This project will build upon work already being undertaken through the existing National Park Authority ‘Walkability’ Project, which is partly funded by Hywel Dda Health Trust and encourages people with limited mobility to get out and enjoy the countryside. ‘Walking with Wheels’ will increase the number of people participating in organised walks and events and reduce some of the barriers the less mobile have to overcome in order to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors by:

  1. Providing an electric mobility scooter at both Tenby and Newport Visitor Centres
  2. Developing a circular mobility path at St Davids Airfield
  3. Developing a series of suitable ‘walks’ in these locations
  4. Providing additional transport capable of carrying wheelchairs for mobility walks to key locations
  5. Providing suitably qualified and experience walk leaders.

It will enable residents and visitors who feel they are excluded due to their health and mobility problems to enjoy the outdoors with potential benefits for their physical and mental well being as well and to develop new social connections. Some of the organised walks will introduce the participants to areas of the National Park with significant biodiversity and historical interest and the leaflets for the walks will include points of interest en route.

Project Total Cost: £50,450
Grant Awarded: £21,860

 

Marine Wildlife Awareness Schools Road Show
This project proposes to bring a marine life ‘road show’ by ‘Silent World to You’ to 20-25 primary schools in Pembrokeshire. Targeted at the Foundation Phase (3 to 7 year olds) the outside world will be brought into the classroom (in several aquaria!), along with simple supplementary resources to make the most of the experience, and with the potential for follow-up by local marine biologists. A pack will be provided with extension ideas including associated curriculum-linked activity suggestions, guidance on fieldwork, list of fieldwork sites and further information links. The objective of the project is to raise awareness of local marine wildlife, and to highlight that human use of the marine environment and adjacent coast can affect marine life.

Project Total Cost: £4,958
Grant Awarded: £2,400

 

Economic Valuation of Marine Recreation Activity
SDF funding will enable Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (PCF),to provide an economic value to mapped areas of marine recreation in two pilot areas of Pembrokeshire. This will provide clear evidence and methods to state how much individual activities are worth to the local economy and provide a repeatable process to expand the project geographically. The work will be an extension to existing sustainable recreation management work, including the Wales Activity Mapping (WAM) project. A consortium of leading experts will devise methods to place £s in all of the mapped areas of activity and activity pathways for each pilot area, which will enable a direct value to be placed on the local economy for activities such as wildlife boat trips around Ramsey, coasteering on St Davids Head, sea angling in Dale etc. The work will take place using a phased approach by firstly assessing a suitable draft methodology which would be informed through literature review and then testing and applying this to two sites of relevance to national policy viz, Dale and St Davids Peninsula. Identifying areas of high recreational use/value has many potential benefits. For example, it will provide an evidence based approach to marine and coastal planning processes and assist coastal communities, activity providers and the recreation and tourism industry to engage with upcoming policy consultation.

Project Total Cost: £41,650
Grant Awarded: £20,650

 

Cemaes Himalayan Balsam Eradication Project
Cymdeithas Llandudoch/St Dogmaels Community Association aim to eradicate the invasive plant ‘Himalayan Balsam’ from a 30-acre site on Cemaes Head, and in so doing prevent any further spread. The cleared land may be returned to productive agricultural land or allowed to regenerate to a more natural wildlife habitat supporting native species and improving biodiversity. Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) money will help the group to build on the success and experience gained from clearing 18 acres of the invasive species in Cippyn and other areas last year. Some of the funding will go towards the employment of specialist contractors and machinery to tackle the initial clearance. This is necessary because the terrain on Cemaes Head is very difficult, with steep slopes and decades of bramble and blackthorn growth. Regular volunteer working parties will then follow on to pull the remaining plants by hand. Importantly the project will also raise awareness of problems caused by Himalayan balsam and recommended actions for the public to take if they come across the plant. During the project, a short DVD, a prototype storybook and Youtube material on management of Himalayan balsam will also be produced. The output will be disseminated to ensure that best practice is shared with other communities and interested individuals and for the volunteers to enthuse and inspire others to take action.

Project Total Cost: £20,453
Grant Awarded: £9,719

 

A Mobile Application and Integrated Web Interface for recording Dragonflies
Through this project the West Wales biodiversity Information Centre (WWBIC) aim to increase the amount and involvement in biological recording in Pembrokeshire, by creating an integrated mobile recording application and website interface and making this available to volunteer recorders. Funding will assist development of an application to send dragonfly records captured by field recorders to the database at the WWBIC, using a cellular network or a wireless broadband connection. The integrated web mapping interface will allow records to be viewed and verified by experts. Recorders and volunteers will use a mobile device with built in GPS on which sits an application tailored to recording dragonflies. Biological records will be entered directly onto a map and into a user friendly data entry interface, which stores and uploads the records to the WWBIC database when a signal is available. Once complete this project should pave the way for the development for other species groups and also allow other organisations or groups to share the information captured.

Project Total Cost: £8,195
Grant Awarded: £3,968

 

Woodlands and Wetlands Project Manager
SDF funding will contribute towards the employment of a Project Manager to allow continuation, further the development and secure long term economic sustainability of a project set up by Pembroke 21C, titled “Training in skills for the management and maintenance of woodland and wetland habitats”. The project aim is, using two local sites, to develop a training programme in traditional woodland and wetland management skills. The two sites are the Hentland Willow Coppice Scheme next to Pembroke Refinery and Kingsmill Woodland on the National Trust Stackpole estate very close to Castlemartin. The Willow Coppice scheme is planting willow and hazel for short rotation coppice to be used for environmental projects, in particular river bank stabilization. The woodland is being thinned, paths cleared and laid and bridges built over ditches and streams. Areas of the woodland are being coppiced in rotation. In addition to the training programme both projects also provide opportunities for volunteering, employment and raising revenue for the benefit of the local community.

With a consistent and professional approach the project manager would:

  • Develop the training and volunteering opportunities and open the projects up to the local community
  • Develop the revenue raising opportunities of both projects
  • Develop the potential for establishing the carbon sequestration benefits of the site and establish a viable and sustainable corporate social responsibility scheme •
  • Seek opportunities to bid to carry out this work on other sites in and around the National Park.

Project Total Cost: £183,430
Grant Awarded: £45,000

 

ReFarm
Funding will pay for a renewable energy technical advisor from the Eco Centre Wales to provide farmers with independent and impartial technical advice if they are considering capital investment in renewable technologies. The advice will include an on-site feasibility study and assessment of viable renewable technologies, with the aim of achieving an increase in the annual generation of renewable electricity from the farming sector in Pembrokeshire.

It is hoped that with assistance, Pembrokeshire farmers will reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, their costs and also their environmental impact. Importantly the project will also contribute to the ‘green sector’ of the local economy, increase the training and employment opportunities for renewable energy technology installers and contribute to Pembrokeshire’s renewable energy targets.The project also aims to diversify farm income through renewable electricity and heat generation. The study will provide details on site suitability; appropriate technologies; potential generation; potential income; impacts; initial start up and ongoing costs.

The officer will also assist with monitoring potential sites for suitability and provide the equipment for doing so (eg.wind monitoring or stream flow monitoring) and any requirements under planning law. As well as providing the technical support service, the project will carry out engagement activities such as seminars, workshops, conferences etc to stimulate demand across the project area.

Project Total Cost: £94,591
Grant Awarded: £46,781

 

Guide to Sustainable Tourism in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
SDF funding will help to support production of a dedicated section on ‘Sustainable Tourism in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’ on the website greentraveller.co.uk. The feature will provide comprehensive information on community-led tourism and how travellers can holiday in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (PCNP) in a way that has a low impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local economy and livelihoods of local people.

The guide will include sections on Transport, Where to stay, Eating out, Visitor Attractions and Activities to achieve the following outcomes:

•To promote the appreciation of the great outdoors, healthy living & sustainability to both residents and visitors

•To promote green minded accommodation, low impact activities and community-based tourism in the PCNP

•To promote access to the PCNP by public transport •To promote awareness and understanding of biodiversity.

The guide will showcase online the best sustainable travel and tourism choices in the PCNP, as endorsed by greentraveller.co.uk, which is regarded as a leading portal for sustainable experiences in the UK. The project will specifically target new audiences as Greentraveller is engaging with mainstream holidaymakers to show them that choosing sustainable experiences provide added value. The Guide will not only market the Park to boost numbers of visitors and overnight stays, but also show how both visitors and locals can visit and enjoy the Park in a more responsible way.

Project Total Cost: £7,500
Grant Awarded: £3,250

 

Green Apple Cross Education Project
SDF funding will contribute towards construction of a compost toilet and recovering a twin span polytunnel to provide an essential covered area and convenience for groups visiting the Green Apple Cross site. The former commercial nursery site is being developed as an exemplar of sustainable living, by creating a carbon neutral, self-sufficient organic smallholding. The site has been planned on the principles of sustainability and will include woodland coppicing, an orchard, fruit tree nursery, vegetable garden and wildlife area. In addition the site will provide local schools and communities with a valuable educational resource as an outdoor classroom. By demonstration and direct involvement the project will promote a wider understanding of sustainability through the growing of fruit, land management, water conservation and the careful use of resources. Schools will have their own plots of land to work and as well as growing fruit and vegetables be given the opportunity to grow plants that will increase the site’s biodiversity.

Project Total Cost: £6,230
Grant Awarded: £3,115

 

Wise up on Waste
The Darwin Centre secured SDF support to develop and deliver a new educational programme called ‘Wise up on Waste’, to expand its already broad and highly successful portfolio. Using their tried and tested package of hands on experience and carefully designed engaging workshops they plan to take groups on a journey of understanding and appreciation of one of Pembrokeshire’s (and the world’s) most important and current sustainability issues, viz waste and what we do with it. ‘Wise up on Waste’ will be developed and then delivered, in partnership with Withyhedge landfill site and Pembrokeshire County Council’s (PCC’s) Waste Awareness Officer, to approximately 500 people over two years.

Through site visits, participants will learn about the landfill process and the processing of the ‘Orange’ recycling bags. Methods of separating recyclable materials will be demonstrated, leading to an appreciation of why certain plastics are recycled and some not and the issue of value/demand affecting the market for recycled goods. A follow up workshop will explore the production of commercial plastics, including a hands-on experiment making plastic from milk and vinegar, which will help groups to understand that the process uses vast amounts of oil (fossil fuel). The inert organic plastic made by individuals can be moulded into a biodegradable key ring for them to take away. Participants will also be given an item (pencil, rubber) that has been made from recycled material aimed at drawing attention to the types of product that recycled plastics end up making.

Project Total Cost: £12,789
Grant Awarded: £5,600

 

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, SDF funding will contribute towards a comprehensive feasibility study that will 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 .

Project Total Cost: £29,822
Grant Awarded: £14,941

 

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.

Project Total Cost: £120,000
Grant Awarded: £60,000

 

Bee Farm Building Coedcanlas
The Wild Honey Company successfully secured SDF funding to further develop a sustainable bee farm by constructing a sustainable agricultural building. This building is essential for the future success of the business and breeding queen bees adapted to local conditions and disease resistance. From this base all equipment will be made, maintained and stored. Full honey boxes will be returned from the surrounding countryside, the honey spun out of the combs in an extracting room and then stored in barrels prior to packing into jars. Breeder Queens, Queen rearing colonies and mating nuclei will be kept there and there will be a room dedicated to the labour intensive process of breeding disease resistant bees.

Developing local disease resistant bees that can tolerate and maintain low levels of varoa mite is extremely valuable. The building will be wood and have a biomass boiler and solar panels to meet heating needs. It will showcase a viable sustainable business that using a natural resource benefits biodiversity, the environment and the community. The project will also raise awareness of the value of honey bees and all pollinating insects, which leads to an understanding of the food chain, biodiversity and our survival in an ever changing environment. In addition it will provide pollination, local honey, employment and preserve a traditional agricultural activity in an innovative and contemporary way.

Project Total Cost: £195,508
Grant Awarded: £97,754

 

Far offshore renewables
‘Far Offshore Renewables’ (FOR), aims to develop a floating offshore wind turbine platform and tower. SDF funding is required to build a quarter size prototype, (250kw turbine), following on from 1:10 and 1:15 scale models that the company has already built and launched. The full size floating wind turbine is designed to be located in deep waters and far offshore. The small scale prototype is to be built in Pembrokeshire, deployed by local companies, monitored and then fully decommissioned at the end. The aim is to recycle 90% of the structure at the end to prove overall sustainability. The quarter scale turbine platform will be installed six nautical miles off the coast due north of Fishguard. The turbine position far offshore means that the visual impact normally associated with wind turbines is significantly reduced or negated.

One of the project goals is to develop something that no one can see from shore. The design for the floating semi-submerged platform is unique, anchored at only one point, 2 km apart in water deeper than 100 metres. The siting and design is sensitive to fishing requirements and collision avoidance. A successful outcome would be two fold; that the platform works out to be cost effective and that it performs satisfactorily at sea: Additionally, FOR want to make a platform that can be scaled up and find out if there are any negative environmental effects of this platform. Since this is a new concept, it is virtually impossible to make an assessment from just looking at the scheme on paper as to whether it will work in reality.

Project Total Cost: £2,475,790
Grant Awarded: £122,691

 

Ty Unnos Affordable Housing from homegrown timber
Ty Unnos Affordable Housing from Homegrown timber Ty Unnos is a building system that utilises locally available timber species and grades to provide a range of affordable housing and other buildings using locally available resources. The building system is unique in utilising the lower grade timber generally produced by Welsh and UK forestry. SDF money will be used by Coed Cymru to complete the certification process for the Ty Unnos affordable housing system. To obtain certification a specified number of each type of component will be made to existing designs and each of these will undergo testing by the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) to an already defined procedure.

Once testing has been achieved the system will be certified to the European Technical Assessment Guideline (ETAG), which will allow the system and/or components of the system to be manufactured by local companies without the need for each individual company to be separately certified. In this way the project will achieve a wider impact and through specifying the use of Welsh timber in the certification will ensure a tie in to the local resource. This will support sustainable woodland management, biodiversity and increase the perceived value of woodlands in the local community.

Project Total Cost: £88,757
Grant Awarded: £41,652

 

Cwrwg y Mor/Sea Coracle
Cwrwg y Mor/ Sea Coracle Project SDF funding will contribute towards the construction of a Cwrwg/Curragh, a traditional seagoing coracle, which will then be used to restore the tradition of Seine net fishing in local coastal communities and monitor fish species for scientific research and education purposes. It will be part of The Sea Trust’s ongoing “Sea Here” project based at the Ocean Lab, Fishguard Harbour. The Curragh will be built on site in the Ocean Lab by an expert in building these traditional craft and involve many local people. The Sea Trust will film the construction process for use within their “Sea Here” exhibit. A local “Yn Seine” group will be set up for seine netting sessions. In addition the Cwrwg, which is very light and easy to transport, will be suspended from the roof supports of the “Tower” (part of the Ocean Lab) when not in use, as an exhibit in the “Sea Here” exhibition. Information panels about traditional fishing methods historically carried out in North Pembrokeshire will also be provided.

Project Total Cost: £17,740
Grant Awarded: £6,000

 

Wildfuels (formerly Thatch It)
Sustainable Development Funding will assist The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) to purchase a biomass boiler for the Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran and undertake work to improve machinery access to a variety of wetlands within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and beyond. Improved access is necessary to allow appropriate conservation management, which will ensure greater biodiversity across these sites and assist in meeting Local Biodiversity Action Plan commitments. This is a very holistic project as it will take reed from wetland reserves across the National Park and just outside, which need to be cut for conservation purposes and turn it into fuel to heat the Education and Wildlife Centre.

The project is also a part of a wider project, “Thatch It!” which will take clean reed, from well managed sites, and provide thatching materials. It takes three years to get to the stage where a wetland is producing this quality reed. Wild Fuels will therefore also demonstrate that wetlands, traditionally seen as a nuisance and drained by landowners can have an economic as well as biodiversity value: in this case providing a valuable energy crop and building material. WTSWW also wish to deconstruct the argument that biofuels can only be grown on prime agricultural land, demonstrating that we can make wise use of marginal land. The public will be able to see how ‘conservation-cuts’ of reed benefit both the environment in general and the local wildlife.

Project Total Cost: £1,346,100
Grant Awarded: £56,000

 

Timber Heat Treatment
Pembrokeshire Timber, a partnership of Coed Cymru, Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park will use SDF funding for a new process of heat treating timber. The heat treatment process, which involves treating the timber for 24 hours at 200 degrees C, effectively creates a new product from timber which is not currently being managed and which could reduce the demand for imported tropical hardwoods. It is a process being developed through Coed Cymru’s research and development work to develop the timber market and encourage the management of native woodlands. The heat treatment process is aimed at the management of woodland currently not managed but that could be brought into active management, and then adding value to the product produced. The funding will be used to purchase a heat treatment plant, a second kiln, a storage shed and IT equipment.

Project Total Cost: £154,200
Grant Awarded: £53,000

 

The People’s Power Station
The People’s Power Station (PPS) is a three-year project to set up Community Energy Supply Companies (ESCOs) and install community renewable energy technologies in up to four communities within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. To achieve this outcome the West Wales Eco Centre will work with specific community groups to encourage and facilitate their transition towards more sustainable futures, ensuring that they are better prepared for the impacts that climate change and future energy supply issues will present to them. The People’s Power Station’s practical and inclusive approach will result in up to four viable and appropriate scale renewable energy installations that will provide direct benefit to the communities that take part. Although unique to the specific demands of each participating community, to deliver the outcome the project will follow a common theme and will provide:

• Feasibility studies to include a study of the most appropriate renewable energy measures and grant assistance.

• Help to communities so that they can set up their own Energy Supply Companies (ESCOs)

• Assistance and advice on energy efficiency to reduce energy demand • Community events to raise awareness and understanding

• Benchmarking by calculating the ecological footprints of the communities involved and monitoring new and existing renewable installations

• Exchange of information within and between communities including setting up blogs for discussion on energy saving techniques.

Project Total Cost: £253,823
Grant Awarded: £144,126

 

The Lime Centre of West Wales
Lessons from the past build a sustainable future This project has established The Lime Centre of West Wales as a “centre of excellence” locally for conservation of the built heritage. Six training days were developed and delivered based on the principles of conservation and use of the correct environmentally friendly materials and techniques. The training covered both old and new buildings. The training courses included presentations and some ‘hands on’ opportunities. The result was an increase in knowledge and understanding of traditional building techniques and materials and improved local skill. Audiences were diverse including, builders, planners and architects. The project helped to secure the funding of three members of staff who will hopefully now go on to deliver training themselves. The Company has built a secure platform from which to take these courses further and promote the sustainability messages to a wider audience.

Project Total Cost: £49,535
Grant Awarded: £20,303

 

Sustainable Living for Pembrokeshire Artists
The Project seeks to promote the work of artists and makers in Pembrokeshire to buyers and galleries further afield. It will help in the growth of a vibrant local arts scene and raise the profile of the artistic community by giving its members wider access to those visiting Pembrokeshire as a cultural-tourism destination. The intended outcomes include:

  • Allowing artists to make a sustainable living in the County, and therefore keep talented artists in Pembrokeshire
  • Enabling independent galleries to become destinations in themselves, thus contributing to the regeneration of communities and keeping villages alive
  • Increasing cultural tourism, which in turn enhances the economy in a sustainable way
  • Giving employment prospects to arts graduates, in order that they don’t have to leave the County to find work in their chosen field, thereby strengthening communities.

SDF funding is required to achieve these outcomes by developing a website that will act as a ‘virtual arts centre’ and continuing production of an electronic magazine that is currently being trialled. The electronic magazine called ARTicle – Cultural Life of the Edge will be a well-written, critical arts publication that can be read equally by art experts and those with just an interest in the subject. It will give in-depth coverage of the arts in Wales as well as promoting artists in West Wales in particular, and it will help to produce a well-informed client base. It will become a leading arts journal, known and used by buyers and artists alike all over the UK. ARTicle will be downloadable from the website of the Oriel y Parc Landscape Gallery in St Davids (as the first two editions already are), and also from a new dedicated website of its own, viz. www.ARTpembrokeshire.co.uk.

The website will be developed to act as a virtual arts centre and be the first ‘port of call’ for visitors and journalists wishing to find out about the arts scene in Pembrokeshire. It will be used by artists to publicise events and work, provide contact details and opportunities, facilitate dissemination of information, promotional e-mails or educational resources and provide a virtual ‘community’ for artists. By making its services and art in Pembrokeshire more accessible it will appeal to a much broader cross section of society.

Project Total Cost: £8,592
Grant Awarded: £3,604

 

Sustainable Agriculture

PLANED have secured SDF support to further the successful work and build upon best practice demonstrated by the Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agriculture Network, which has brought farmers and organisations working in the fields of agriculture, conservation and business support, closer together for mutual benefit. The project will use networking events (on and off farm) to increase the confidence and knowledge of farming families so that larger numbers will participate in economic and environmental activities which will contribute to the sustainable development of the area. It also aims to engage and motivate farmers at grass roots level, so that they will be in a better position to access support and advice mechanisms available under programmes such as Farming Connect, thus increasing the uptake of such programmes. The project will seek to bring about an attitudinal change on the part of the farmers in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park as well as all other areas of Pembrokeshire; assisting them not only to identify opportunities but also to recognise the benefits of sustainable practices in key areas such as positive land management, renewable energy and climate change.

Project Total Cost: £33,020
Grant Awarded: £16,510

 

St Oswald’s Playgroup and Community Facility
The proposal for this project was conceived from a need for more space in the new school. It has now become an opportunity to offer a new and exciting approach to the teaching of renewable energy, environment, recycling and conservation. It will be separate from the school building, a place to go to explore science and energy. It will be made available to a wide range of children, starting from the very young with mothers and toddlers, to the community, offering a space to see renewable energy at work in a comprehendible quantity, ‘ideas you can take home and use’. The process of energy production from the solar panels will be easy to follow with large digital display boards. An understanding of water and the individuals effect on its usage will be shown with a grey water recycling system. It will also be a used space, all of the day the building will be in use through playgroup, clubs and a classroom. The plans are for a turf roofed 15.5 metre x 6 metre building in a currently disused area of the school grounds. The school catchment area straddles the National Park boundary and nearly half of the school’s numbers are from families based within Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Project Total Cost: £235,764
Grant Awarded: £20,131

 

St Davids Eco City Project
The project is to install grid connected photo voltaic panels on part of the roof of the junior school in St Davids. Monitoring and display equipment in the school will provide the basis of project work for the pupils to study renewable energy and climate change issues, combined with a “hands on” solar fountain where the children can explore the effects of sunlight and shading, this is already funded and partially installed. The installation will form part of the St Davids Eco Trail which informs people about climate change, renewable technologies and biodiversity. It is vitally important that people can see the technology to reduce carbon emissions, and what is available and be bought “off the shelf”. The panels will be visible from the road where it is intended to have an interpretation board and a site marker which refers to the eco trail leaflet and web site (functioning now). This will contain further information about the available technologies and where other examples can be seen, plus live readings of output figures from the monitoring equipment on the web site which will be displayed in the National Trust shop and possibly the St David’s Tourist Information Centre.

Project Total Cost: £24,800
Grant Awarded: £5,000

 

Scientific Assessment of Novel Fishing System Assessment
Rigorous Scientific Assessment of a novel fishing system with a view to assessing its suitability and environmental effects This project will study the potential of fishing for razor clams using electric current as an alternative to dredging, which has a significant environmental impact on the sea bed. Scientific sampling and analysis of animal communities on the sea bed will allow objective assessments of any impacts. The aim is to identify a viable technique for harvesting currently under used razor clam stocks in a sustainable manner. Management plans will be devised such that the stocks are managed in a sustainable manner and the product is of a high quality, generating good returns for local communities.

Project Total Cost: £93,560
Grant Awarded: £44,265

 

REAS-Pembs
Renewable Energy Advice Service (REAS) This project, managed by the West Wales Eco Centre is delivering high quality impartial advice on renewable energy and energy efficiency. It should result in a measurable increase in the number and quality of planning applications involving renewable energy technologies. Free advice and technical guidance is available over the phone, via e-mail or face to face and a limited number of site visits within The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are available. Assistance with application for Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) grants is also provided. The Renewable Energy Technical Advisor is also working with planners to identify planning issues and help facilitate a consistent approach or response by planners to the challenges posed by the installation of renewable technologies.

Project Total Cost: £42,060
Grant Awarded: £20,000

 

Ramsey Power Project
The project, by RSPB Cymru, will provide an innovative and “green” alternative energy supply to the buildings on Ramsey Island. This will be achieved through: • the installation of a fully automatic battery inverter system supplied with electrical power by solar panels, wind turbine and new generator to power the farmhouse (including visitor shop) and other farm buildings • the installation of a separate automatic battery inverter system supplied with electrical power by solar panels and a new generator to power the volunteers accommodation The renewable energy installations will allow year round occupancy for island staff and remove the need to rely on a single, often problematic, power source (diesel generator). It will also offer a far greener option for meeting heat and power needs and reduce the risks involved in transporting large quantities of diesel and heating oil to the island. The project will also increase awareness of renewable energy sources in the local community by using partnerships to promote this development. The RSPB will provide educational and informative talks to all who visit the island. Information about the project will be included on posters, leaflets and other promotional literature.

Project Total Cost: £38,697
Grant Awarded: £18,998

 

Preseli Green Dragon Walkers Bus
The project would provide a twice weekly Dial a Ride service utilising the Preseli Green Dragon, an LPG powered 16 seater mini bus with wheelchair access. It would provide a flexible service for both residents and visitors integrating with public transport routes in Crymych and Newport and encouraging use of facilities and amenities in the area. The funding would allow us to: a) employ a driver, rather than relying on volunteers; this would ensure consistent quality of service. b) produce a guide book with full details of the service, links to public transport routes and information on places of interest, walks, and amenities in the area served by the bus. c) distribute the booklet to every household in the area and supplies to Tourist Information offices, Bed and Breakfast establishments and other providers of accommodation, pubs and other places where it can be picked up by visitors. d) guarantee continuation of the service in the medium term; this will encourage people to use the service as the service becomes better known and it can be built into passengers’ plans. The project will result in part time employment for the driver, increased use of public and community transport and encourage economic activity in the area.

Project Total Cost: £45,591
Grant Awarded: £24,345

 

Postcards from Pembrokeshire
The film company Cinetig will use SDF funding for a project to work in partnership with two Pembrokeshire schools (Tenby Junior and Ysgol Bro Ingli) and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authoriity to make two animated films about the impact of tourism in Newport and Tenby. Cinetig have over ten years experience of projects of a similar scale and significance The children will be involved in researching, scripting, storyboarding, designing the art work and animating the films. These films will then be used in the National Park Visitor Centres in Tenby and Newport to raise visitors awareness of the impact of tourism in an area of great natural beauty and the need to manage it sustainably. In addition, the DVD will be part of a teacher’s resource pack, which will also include a booklet based on children’s artwork and creative writing as well as follow-up teaching resources. This will be used by the National Park education team in junior schools within Pembrokeshire, to raise awareness of the need to manage tourism to ensure that it does not have a negative impact on the local environment. The films will support the new geography curriculum for Wales under the “understanding places and environments change and the need for sustainability”

Project Total Cost: £45,860
Grant Awarded: £15,000

Plant Oil Extraction Plant
The Project will establish a pilot cold press plant oil extraction plant within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The available supply of waste vegetable oil within Pembrokeshire is finite. Equally, there are plentiful supplies of oilseed rape within the county, with the south of Pembrokeshire a particularly good growing area. The project, if shown to be viable after the pilot, will provide a source of high quality feedstock for the production of biodiesel and further develop a unique co-operative. Co-operation between farmers (users of diesel, growers of rapeseed, as well as users of cattle feed), the haulage companies (users of diesel and transporters of crops and feeds) and Celtic Biodiesel (producers of diesel, users of the rapeseed oil). Other oil producing crops will also be piloted in addition to rapeseed and in consultation with farmers and the biodiesel company. In year one a small scale crusher would be installed to pilot and investigate viability and best practice. This would be sourced following research into existing systems and in particular the Strahle machine (as used in Wexford) and the Goyum (an Indian machine in use in Hampshire). In year two we would look to install a machine such as the Goyum 1500, which would be capable of some 18,000 Tonnes of Oilseed, crops crushed per annum.

Project Total Cost: £344,700
Grant Awarded: £84,500

 

Pembrokeshire Plant Oil for Transport – Phase II
The project uses SDF money to fund 50% grants towards the costs of converting vehicle diesel engines to run on straight vegetable oil (SVO). Each converted vehicle has a bilingual sign to indicate they have been converted to run on SVO in order to promote awareness of the renewable, carbon neutral fuel. Project projections were to convert 30 local diesel vehicles per year over the period April 2006 to March 2009. The grants are open to permanent residents of Pembrokeshire and also people residing on the fringes of the county who either work in Pembrokeshire or spend a good deal of time in the county doing business or accessing services. An intended outcome will be to make Pembrokeshire a Centre of excellence in the UK in sustainable biofuel based transport in a way that benefits the local economy.

Project Total Cost: £148,203
Grant Awarded: £81,550

 

Old Ways for New Days
The National Park Authority are currently extending and refurbishing their Centre in Newport and are keen to involve the local community. The aim of the project is to make the link between how people used to live and how we need to live now, to ensure a sustainable future. By involving the young and the old in the community, around a range of sustainability themes, the project will encourage people to look at sustainable living in new ways. Community members, old and young, will be trained in interviewing skills, so that they can interview each other. This oral history will be archived and then edited to provide the basis for a permanent exhibition in the newly refurbished National Park Tourist Information Centre in Newport, which will open in Spring 2009.

The memories of older people in the community on how they used to live will be juxtaposed with interviews of local young people on why we need to change how we live today, with practical advice on how we can live more sustainably in the local area. By training members of the community the permanent exhibition in the centre could be updated and kept fresh by the addition of new material. The oral content of the exhibiton would bring the exhibition to life and add value to it as a visitor attraction. It would also encourage visitors to value the rich heritage of the area and give them practical advice on how they can reduce their carbon footprint while on holiday. This will be supported by a leaflet which visitors can take away.

Project Total Cost: £10,800
Grant Awarded: £5,400

 

Milford Haven Tidal Stream Power Feasibility Study
The Upper Reaches of Milford Haven have been identified as having several sites with the potential for tidal stream turbine arrays. These sites could produce significant clean, renewable, electrical energy with no audible noise, no or minimal visual impact and 100% predictability of supply. The project proposed by Swanturbines, is a full feasibility study to determine the energy output that could be achieved. This would include the positioning of turbines, turbine design, energy output, grid connection proposal, environmental scoping, estimates of annual energy production, carbon savings, cost estimates and financial payback time. The technical work will be performed by Swanturbines (a leading tidal turbine developer) and the project will be undertaken with the support of key local organizations including the Port Authority and National Park Authority. If the project identifies attractive financial and carbon savings then there is an opportunity for a further project to bring these to reality. Such a tidal array would represent a new, innovative and flag ship example of renewable energy for Milford Haven.

Project Total Cost: £30,171
Grant Awarded: £15,085

 

Middle Broadmoor Eco Education and Tourism Centre
The project will create and establish a sustainable Eco Education and Tourism Centre at Middle Broadmoor Farm. The focus is to deliver programmes specifically, but not exclusively aimed at “at risk” youth and adult groups. The Centre will also provide comfortable eco accommodation for tourists during the holiday season. The Centre is set within a beautiful environment that reflects our commitment to permaculture ethics of “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share”. Courses will incorporate bushcraft, permaculture and environmental education as well as developing self awareness and self esteem through emotional education and other therapeutic tools such as play therapy and counselling. The aim is to provide an inspirational and nourishing place to visit, learn from and relax at. For local people involved with the education programme there will be opportunities to gain different skills and to change negative behaviour patterns that will enable them to make better choices for themselves and society as a whole. For other visitors, it will be a beautiful place to visit where they can see first hand a living, working example of sustainability.

Project Total Cost: £271,700
Grant Awarded: £35,100

 

IGNITE Woodfuel
IGNITE Woodfuel Training course The SDF funding will support a woodfuel supply training course run by IGNITE. IGNITE is a Lantra Awards accredited training course, which covers the economics of woodfuel supply, the technology that is available to produce woodfuel and the systems that burn it. Participants will be better able to plan and run wood supply systems and to develop business opportunities associated with the technology. A three day course to include two field visits, is planned to take place in Pembroke Dock and through promotion and marketing of the course hopes to attract delegates from across the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Project Total Cost: £6,951
Grant Awarded: £3,493

 

Havenlink Water Taxi
The project requires SDF funding to enhance the service of “Haven Link”, a sustainable water transport service which commenced operation on the Milford Haven Waterway and lower Cleddau Estuary on 14th June 2008. SDF money will enable all children to travel free, which will link to the Greenways “Kids go free” promotion on coastal buses. It will also provide half price fares as an incentive to adults travelling to or from water transport sites by sustainable means. The water transport service, which is a pilot project, links the coastal path at Dale and Angle and communities along the waterway within the National Park. It provides a waterborne form of sustainable transport for visitors and residents, linking with Pembrokeshire County Council’s Greenways transport service. Rudders Boatyard, a local boat operator, is running the service using a 12 passenger vessel. The boat runs on bio fuels produced locally by Celtic Biodiesels.

Project Total Cost: £13,524
Grant Awarded: £5,124

 

e-Trails National demonstration project
Sustainable Development Funding will help Ramblers Cymru undertake a project that will test novel uses of mobile technology to deliver facts and information along the Newgale to St Davids section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. The funding will contribute towards this ‘Proof of Concept’ or demonstration phase of a wider Audience Development Project. The overall project aim is to introduce new people to the joy and benefits of walking and increase the enjoyment of walking for existing walkers. This demonstration phase involves gathering a range of digital data and using mobile technology e.g. mobile phones and iPod players to present the data to the public at various locations along the Coast Path. Volunteers will test the walking enhancement tool, which should allow walkers to download walks, routes and other media content e.g. a podcast from a National Park Ranger, to make their walking experience more informative and enjoyable. This approach aims to attract younger more IT functional individuals to walking as a sustainable healthy activity.

Project Total Cost: £7,620
Grant Awarded: £3,560

 

ESTEAM Native Tree Nursery
The project has set up a native tree nursery and aims to operate as a profit making business. The nursery collects and plants seeds of native trees and grows them on to sell through retail, wholesale and tree planting services. The nursery uses permaculture principles such as the use of peat free organic compost and harvested rainwater. At the same time as setting up the nursery the project runs Open College Network courses for those with learning difficulties and mental health issues, covering all aspects of composting and nursery management, from seed collection to growing, planting and selling trees.

Project Total Cost: £153,965
Grant Awarded: £71,756

 

CPRW Youth Conference
CPRW holds residential youth conferences annually and will hold the next one in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This is a four day residential course designed for ‘A’ level students with emphasis on the environment/geography and community issues. 40 young people from schools within the Park and from the neighbouring areas will spend the time studying issues including sustainability, the environment and our ecological footprint on the environment and the role of the community in Pembrokeshire. They will work with experts form a number of statutory and non-statutory organisations. The students will also visit a number of examples of good practice including St Davids to meet the Eco City Group and walk the trail being developed to understand issues regarding building sustainable communities. They will take part in practical conservation work and will gain a John Muir Award – a recognised qualification (see johnmuir.org. for further details).It is hoped that these young people will gain a deeper understanding and interest in the Welsh environment and the opportunities to become sustainable in a protected area. On the last day they will present their findings and their vision about what kind of Park they want to see in the future.

Project Total Cost: £11,055
Grant Awarded: £2,875

 

Coastal Connections Pembrokeshire
The project, put forward by The Darwin Centre, is to develop and deliver an education programme to primary schools, and hard to reach socially disadvantaged/excluded groups in Pembrokeshire. The programme will build upon and extend the Darwin Centre’s already successful education programme. A field based programme using the windy nature of Pembrokeshire and extraction of water from the Cleddau as context for sustainability issues. Around 300 participants per annum will visit either of two sites; Cleddau or Sand Dunes (convenient to group). The sessions give opportunities to experience parts of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park that offer lots of questions and answers to the sustainability conundrum. The windy nature of Pembrokeshire will be used to explore renewable energy potential locally and globally. The extraction of water from the Cleddau highlights the pressures put on water in Pembrokeshire and greater pressures across the UK and globally. Participants will have access to Coastal Scientists, Marine/Freshwater Biologists, and an Electrical Engineer. The access that participants will have to current thinking, cutting edge research, expertise and experience is a key exponent of this programme.

Project Total Cost: £26,484
Grant Awarded: £13,230

 

Change Climate Change
This project, run by The West Wales Eco Centre, has developed bilingual educational resources about climate change and sustainable energy use. The resources produced and delivered include: a website incorporating many different types of resource materials, school visits and interactive workshops, teacher in-service training, presentations and a film. The materials and resources can be used by teachers to enhance the National Curriculum and Curriculum Cymreig, at both primary and secondary level.

Project Total Cost: £118,300
Grant Awarded: £69,300

 

Celtic Biodiesel – Phase II
Celtic Biodiesel Phase II Celtic Biodiesel Ltd recycles waste vegetable oil into biodiesel, a sustainable fuel source. The company makes weekly collections of waste vegetable oil from retail outlets, produces biodiesel and recycles the steel cooking oil containers. The phase I pilot successfully set up the facility capable of producing 15,000 litres of biodiesel a week. Phase II is moving on from the pilot to maximise production capability, ensure higher future production capability and produce the highest standard end product possible. It aims to make biodiesel available to as many people as possible within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This will entail the acquisition of a new larger site together with scaled up plant and equipment. A south Pembrokeshire pump will also be investigated.

Project Total Cost: £931,902
Grant Awarded: £173,302

 

Cwm Arian Community Energy Phase I
This project will undertake a feasibility study to outline the options for the development of community owned Electrical Power Sites in the area covered by Cwm Arian Community Forum – Hermon, Y Glog, Llanfyrnach and Glandwr. As part of the project we will wish to conduct an energy audit and also investigate alternative forms of renewable energy such as micro hydro, solar, wind and biomass which have been discussed and investigated at our community forum meetings. A redundant Hydro Electrical Power unit exists at Pontygafel Farm with three other Micro Hydro Electric Sites identified by a voluntary hydro engineer who is a member of the community forum. Also the transformer for the ten wind turbines at Blaenwaun Wind farm (Owned by a Scandinavian energy corporation) is located in the Village of Llanfyrnach and could form part of a community wind turbine development. The feasibility study will aim to look at all the community energy options available within the area to reflect an environmentally integrated development strategy. The intended outcome is the production of renewable energy and to ensure viability with surpluses ploughed back into community regeneration projects. The project will provide a blueprint for other communities within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to develop similar initiatives.

Project Total Cost: £10,701
Grant Awarded: £8,025

 

Pembrokeshire Plant Oil for Transport – Phase I
This project aims to stimulate the development of the biofuel transport sector in Pembrokeshire. The project will offer 50% grants to convert ten suitable diesel engine vehicles to run on pure vegetable oil. The allocation of these grants will be managed independently by the West Wales ECO Centre as a registered charity with no commercial interest in the project, working closely with the SDF officer. The ECO Centre will contribute all staff time as free match funding to the project. Veg Oil Motoring will be responsible for providing technical information and vehicle conversion work. The general public will be encouraged to participate in the project by information disseminated: in the media, through leaflets and two promotional events. Individuals and enterprises taking part will initially pay the whole cost of conversion work on their vehicles and then be refunded 50% following completion of works. Vehicles will be converted using the tried and tested German Elsbett conversion kits which have already been piloted successfully on ten vehicles in West Wales and thousands of others worldwide. The ten vehicles converted through the project will save an estimated total of 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The project will be designed to encourage the development of a farm based local biofuel oil supply sector as currently exists in Ireland and Germany. Converted vehicles will be provided with promotional signage to increase public awareness on this fuel alternative.

Project Total Cost: £18,977
Grant Awarded: £9,891

 

Preseli Green Dragon Walkers Bus
The project would provide a twice weekly Dial a Ride service utilising the Preseli Green Dragon, an LPG powered 16 seater mini bus with wheelchair access. It would provide a flexible service for both residents and visitors integrating with public transport.

Project Total Cost: £45,591
Grant Awarded: £24,345

 

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, £1,800 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 appropriate 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
Grant Awarded: £11,700

 

Pembs Recovery of Energy from Tidal Streams
This project will prepare a critical evaluation of potential sites and technologies for tidal energy production in Pembrokeshire waters. The project will progress through the following stages 1. Technical a) Identification of potential sites from a technical point of view, definition of the performance requirements these would place on the technology. b) Technology – a review of existing technologies – Identification of the specifications and capacity required. 2. Political/Environmental a)Scoping of potential impacts, based on site selection and information required for their evaluation. b)Planning/legal requirements – what are they and what information must be provided. What obstacles/anomalies exist in the system for this type of project. 3. Economic Cost-benefit analysis of the project, to include environmental valuations, CO2 credits and long term estimates of sustainability, sources of funding and revenue.

Project Total Cost: £7,234.00
Grant Awarded: £3,600.00.

 

Our Working Woods: The Cilrhedyn Timber Processing
The project is based at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Cilrhedyn Woodland Centre in the Gwaun Valley, near Fishguard. The scheme will see the installation of upgraded sawing and accessory equipment which will process small diameter timber into a valuable product for the first time, as well as being able to process medium diameter timber. Storage facilities will also be built.

Project Total Cost: £53,375.00
Grant Awarded: £26,750.00.

 

 

Anaerobic Digestion Feasability Study
This study will provide an assessment covering the technological, regulatory and economic issues surrounding the installation of a biogas (Anaerobic Digester) plant, covering specifically: (1) An economic assessment of the installation and running of the digester (2) Feedstock availability (eg, farm, food and green waste) and associated costs and/or gate fees (3) Technical and regulatory issues relating to available feedstocks (4) Determination of appropriate scale of digester based on feedstock availability and local roading infrastructure (5) Economic and technical analysis of green electricity generation covering generators and local grid infrastructure. (6) Potential for high quality compost sales – market analysis and revenues.

Project Total Cost: £11,200.00
Grant Awarded: £5,000.00.

 

Cynllun OGAM Project
An independent inspector will look at Ogam’s original aims and, at the same time, consider what Ogam has achieved. This will be achieved by visiting its partners and those who have worked with Ogam over the last three years, looking at projects in which Ogam has participated. On the basis of this, it will be possible to measure how effective Ogam has been and to make recommendations as to how Ogam’s effectiveness can be improved. The inspector will also give guidance that could allow Ogam’s principles to extend to other areas and note indicators that emerged from the evaluation, which could be used to evaluate a similar scheme in the future. Finally, the Inspector will offer a list of appropriate targets for the Ogam scheme for the next three years (05 – 08), which will form the basis of further discussion with possible funders. Note: OGAM has undertaken many projects and schemes over the last three years and the evaluation will be take into consideration the effectiveness of these. For example, one project looked at how OGAM could safeguard and promote the natural and cultural heritage of Pembrokeshire by increasing understanding of environmental issues among Welsh speakers and Welsh language groups and increase understanding of the Welsh language cultural heritage among environmental groups. Another aspect that was looked at was the county’s agricultural heritage.

Project Total Cost: £10,280.00
Grant Awarded: £4,993.00.

 

Sustainable Schools Food Procurement Pilot
A pilot project, the purpose which is to examine the practical implications of sourcing food for schools locally. The pilot will look at building upon the work already undertaken by the catering department of PCC, with a view of moving to seasonal, fresher local produce in all junior schools. The project will ascertain what is produced and available locally, the cost implications (both in the cost of food and the preparation of food at the pilot schools), to gauge parental requirements of school meals, measure the reaction of pupils and parents to the change, and see how the project can be introduced as an element into Key Stage II of the junior school curriculum. A full time Project Manager will be recruited on a 1 year fixed term contract to manage the process.

Project Total Cost: £63,160.00
Grant Awarded: £35,000.00.

 

Stackpole Mencap Gardens

Stackpole Gardens Centre Within their 6 acre walled garden at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire Mencap will use SDF funding towards the construction of a sustainable new building.The building will provide a focal point where locally grown produce and plants could be purchased, advice and training given, and environmentally sensitive forms of building construction, heating and water use be demonstrated to adults, students with learning difficulties and visitors to the gardens. The building will be constructed using straw bales with lime based rendering and other traditional building materials. It will also incorporate sustainable technologies including geothermal heating, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling, and Novacem for the concrete base. Novacem is a new product that has the ability to absorb Carbon Dioxide during its lifetime. Stackpole Mencap Gardens offer local people with learning difficulties the opportunity to learn gardening and horticultural skills. The construction of the new building will enable this unique facility to develop further as a centre and demonstrate good practice in terms of sustainable building techniques, and sustainable horticulture. As appropriate, adults with learning difficulties will assist with the construction in order to develop new and more varied skills. Students from the local Prince’s Trust Cymru are keen to take part in the construction of specific aspects of the project as part of their training in leadership skills.

Project Total Cost: £223,120.00
Grant Awarded: £100,410.00.

 

To Gwyrdd – ‘Building a Rural Future’ Phase II
This is the second phase in a multi phase project with the overall aim of creating affordable, eco build homes for local-need; capitalising on related training and employment opportunities for the local economy; and helping other communities in the area who may wish to do something similar. Report available at www.to-gwyrdd.org.uk. Phase 2 aims to take us to the stage of having signage up at the chosen development site indicating where TG will build. In order to achieve that, the 6 month phase will involve; setting up workspace for a coordination team, volunteers and trustees; completing legal structure and appoint trustees; co-ordinate and research, identifying and assessing several sites – using tender processes for architect/surveyor; choosing the final site in consultation with community and planning authorities; signing legal agreement with land owner on purchase of the site subject to permissions; community involvement developing a website and online resources for others; Newport-community outreach and consultation; offering advice on local and national level; following and contributing to national debate and policy work; prepare for next phase by setting up and progressing a ‘Train and Build’ scheme [its funding/programme/partners etc]; commence fund raising and financial models for future phases; progressing other tender processes for: architect, building coordinator.

Project Total Cost: £38,226.00
Grant Awarded: £14,902.00.

 

Sustainable Building Directory
The project will enable the research and production of a The project will enable the research and production of a building directory containing lists of specifiers, consultants, practitioners, manufacturers and suppliers of/involved in traditional and sustainable building in and around the National Park. This printed directory will be distributed to every home within the National Park (53,579). As well providing a directory, it will also be full of facts and figures about the impact of building on the environment and set out examples of ecological building practice through making use of local case studies where possible. The project will also see the directory being made electronically available through the Internet. This model has been developed and successfully undertaken within the Brecon Beacons National Park with significant benefits for participating businesses as well as positive feedback from homeowners within the Park who have found it a useful tool for identifying sources of assistance, materials, advice and skills in their desire to live and build sustainably. This

Project Total Cost: £40,705.00
Grant Awarded: £28,995.00.

 

Green Giant Power in the Countryside – Phase 2
Green Giant is a development of an existing bio-diverse south Pembrokeshire small-holding into a demonstration site for non-commercial school and community use. Energy sustainability, bio-diversity alongside small-scale farming, horticulture and accessible displays of Pembrokeshire solutions to affordable rural lifestyle options will be the main themes of the project. As a result of the first stage SDF support; the project office, vehicles and general infrastructure have been established. The ‘person in the street’ (school and community groups) will see actual displays of working sustainable development options – renewable fuel use, composting, woodland management, wateruse and re-use, reed bed filtering and many others.

Project Total Cost: £125,234.00
Grant Awarded: £62,194.00.

 

The Green Giant – Phase I
Green Giant is a development of an existing bio-diverse south Pembrokeshire small-holding into a demonstration site for non-commercial school and community use. Energy sustainability, bio diversity alongside small-scale farming, horticulture, and vivid accessible displays of Pembrokeshire solutions to affordable rural lifestyle options will be the main thrust of the project. Overall project description is lengthy and available on request.

Project Total Cost: £16,480.00
Grant Awarded: £10,000.00.

 

Marloes & St Brides Community Green Energy
‘The project will conduct an outline feasibility study into the erection of a community-owned farm scale” electricity generating wind turbine. The wind turbine would produce “green” electricity for sale either to a private purchaser via a “private wire” B52interconnector, or to a “green” electricity broker via an export connection onto the local mains network. Given sufficient assistance with capital equipment purchase (e.g. from the Government “Clear Skies” project), the wind turbine would earn revenue for the community. The project would consist of a fact-finding phase, which would involve a site survey by a professional wind power engineer, and then the compilation of a written report.

Project Total Cost: £992.00
Grant Awarded: £321.20.

 

Crymych C.P. School Ext & ICC
The project will raise an awareness of sustainability issues amongst designers, contractors, pupils, staff, parents and community visitors with good potential for ‘cross-over’ replication of the ideas in the residential sector by environmentally aware visitors. This will be achieved by installing a rainwater harvesting system to provide water to WC cisterns, 380 m2 of flax natural fibre roof insulation over the separately identifiable ICC area, and by the installation of a carbon neutral biomass wood pellet fuelled heating system. The project builds upon the previous environmentally aware ‘Preseli Community Biomass Scheme’, which attracted SDF funding and incorporates new ideas of rainwater harvesting and flax natural fibre insulation at this site. The installations will serve as a useful teaching aid for environmental areas of the national curriculum and also interpretive display boards will be provided detailing the sustainable technology elements incorporated within the building and information about aspects of the design that we now consider as standard such as low energy/intelligent lighting and natural ventilation.

Project Total Cost: £53,326.00
Grant Awarded: £18,533.00.

 

Nerth y Gwynt
An electric vehicle will be used to take visitors to the Iron Age Fort from the valley below who would not normally be able to make the journey on foot. Electricity will be generated cleanly and sustainably by a wind turbine located on the hill opposite the fort and above the reception building. The turbine will generate power which will enter the National Grid and the vehicle will be charged from the mains at this point. A U-Turn sound store will explain how sustainable energy is being produced at Castell Henllys.

Project Total Cost: £29,007.00
Grant Awarded: £15,532.00.

 

Marine Futures Roadshow
The Roadshow will look at the effects of climate change, oil and heavy metal pollution, sewage and litter on the biodiversity and ecology of the marine environment. It will be available for schools and community groups throughout Pembrokeshire. A menu” of hands-on activities, hand-outs, worksheets and related project packs will be developed so that they are “ready to go” in boxes and packs. Schools and community groups requesting the road show will choose from the menu to suit their needs and the ages of the participants. All activities will relate to the curriculum. We will address three activities during one roadshow preceded by a short presentation. The young people will be split into groups to spend 20 minutes on each activity. Worksheets and project packs will be available for follow up work. Participants will be encouraged to undertake investigative projects using the packs to develop the issues and to enter a major Marine Futures event for BAYS, CREST and Science Communicator awards accredited by The BA. The main outcomes will be increased interest in pursuing science as a career and an increased awareness of issues of environmental concern among the young.

Project Total Cost: £33,026.00
Grant Awarded: £14,873.00.

 

Energy & Environment (E) Information Centre
The full development of an existing space into an Information Centre with a significantly high impact on its users. The aim is to provide the most up to date exemplar of low energy living using working examples of current technologies, whilst providing access to a wide range of resources from free energy efficiency and renewable energy advice to research facilities. It will be a high quality point of access to the ECO Centre’s work; it will be stimulating, informative and free to all. As well as the refurbishment costs, resources will support a permanent member of staff to supervise the facility all year round. Access will be through a ‘shop front’ visible from the road. One of the main targets is to raise visitor numbers from 2,000 in the first year to 8,000-10,000 by the end of the third.

Project Total Cost: £104,688.00
Grant Awarded: £69,368.00.

 

Tir, Coed a Dwr / Land, Wood & Water
A group of five interpretative sculptures will be constructed and sited at Castell Henllys to provide: a) Information/interpretation on sustainability issues, access to those issues in an inclusive manner particularly to the benefit of visitors with sight and/or hearing difficulties, opportunities for visitors and the local communities to engage with such issues in the context of public art. b) Each sculpture will have a specific theme: biodiversity and wildlife, sustainable broadleaved woodland management, sustainable landscape development, water clarity and issues regarding its use in the context of climate change, recycling (this to be directed principally at young people). c) Each sculpture will deliver information on the above issues using: a ‘Black Box’ sound store powered by electricity generated by a hand turned dynamo (the audio delivered in English and Welsh) and Braille, bilingual text on the sculpture, bilingual leaflets, all of which will comply with guidelines for partially sighted, i.e. font size, style.

Project Total Cost: £19,697.00
Grant Awarded: £7,000.22.

 

Land for Learning
The project will be led by the Pembrokeshire County Council Sustainable Schools Project Officer together with the Biodiversity Implementation Officer and an Education Adviser, all currently funded, and a school grounds curriculum expert from the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The project will run from November 2003 to March 2006. A ‘sustainable school grounds and community spaces’ fund will be set up to support 12 sustainable development projects in the first year and 17 in the two subsequent years, within and surrounding the National Park. Match funding is provided by the Countryside Council for Wales and the Forestry Commission, with in-kind contributions from PCC, Wildlife Trust, Ranger service, PCNPA, Prince’s Trust and school communities. The aim of the project is to assist schools to teach education for sustainable development (ESD) by enhancing their school grounds for learning, play and wildlife. Two schools will be assisted to work with their community on the development of a community space, thereby further promoting the social aspect of ESD. Outcomes of the project will be disseminated throughout the National Park and surrounding county to promote best practice for ESD.

Project Total Cost: £132,252.00
Grant Awarded: £54,408.50.

 

Whitesands Bay Initiative
This project provided an awareness and understanding of sustainability via the installation of carbon free technology to provide heating and electricity to a community building. This was achieved by installing solar water heating, electricity generating photovoltaic cells, a small electricity generating wind turbine and via the recovery and distribution of heat produced by freezers in a cold storage room. The solar and photovoltaic panels and the wind turbine will be highly visible examples of sustainable technology. Therefore the project will promote the use of these technologies and will be a model of sustainability within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The scheme will raise awareness of the potential of sustainable technologies for use within our buildings to all local and visiting communities – particularly the young who will use this facility on a regular basis.

Project Total Cost: £19,212.00
Grant Awarded: £9,275.00.

 

Energy for Tomorrow / Ynni Yfory
The project, Ynni Yfory/Energy for Tomorrow, will achieve 6 exemplar community based renewable energy projects with substantial community benefits over a period of three years. It is anticipated that each community project will be substantial, with a capital cost in excess of £100,000 and up to £10,000 per annum profits to directly benefit local communities. Key elements of Ynni Yfory are community involvement, capacity building and training for community members and direct financial benefits to the participating communities e.g. through profits invested in local Trust Fund. It is the aim of the project that the installations will cover a range of renewable energy technologies and will be exemplar projects replicable by other communities. West Wales Eco Centre staff will assist local community groups to access funding for renewable energy projects and offer extended technical support.

Project Total Cost: £247,020.00
Grant Awarded: £36,000.00.

 

Sustainable Livelihoods, Sustainable Communities
This project will build on existing and develop new partnerships in the youth and community learning and development sectors of Pembrokeshire to increase awareness, understanding and interest in the interconnections between local and global sustainability and their relevance and importance to local livelihoods, in turn facilitating sustained action and community involvement. This will involve the development and delivery of an integrated participatory learning programme of workshops ICT and arts activities at both the community and the organisational level.

Project Total Cost: £102,400.00
Grant Awarded: £31,400.00.

 

Pembrokeshire Marine Code Group
Pembrokeshire Marine Code (PMC) is a partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations working inclusively to promote a sustainable approach to commercial and recreational boating activities in Pembrokeshire by: 1. Launch/development – of a very detailed PMC which is both species and site specific 2. Training boat operators – on site and in the classroom on behaviour, species ID, legislation, habitats and species 3. Communities and visitors – wealth and diversity of species, importance both environmentally and economically to Pembrokeshire and the need to protect and support businesses that can carry this ethos 4. Maintenance and development – continually identifying new members and maintaining the working group and existing membership 5. Publicity – continually raising awareness of project via a range of tools 6. Marketing – ensure that all PMC operators are marketed via eco-tourism outlets 7. Reporting – establish and maintain methods of reporting/monitoring boat behaviour

Project Total Cost: £109,940.00
Grant Awarded: £14,000.00.

 

Kisses Across the Irish Sea
The final output of this project will be a public sculpture featuring the multi image of children’s lips cast in recycled aluminium. The public will also see a video recording of the children who in a 30 second interview will speak of their hopes and aspirations for the future. Their speaking will be in their mother tongue which will in this case feature the Welsh, English and Irish languages. A monument to living children is rare and almost a unique form of public art. The sheer numbers of children alone involved will create a tremendous interest for the children for the lifetime of the sculpture, which in theory could well outlast their lifetimes. The work will surely create new fellowships and friendships and will make adults revisit their thinking on how creative and perceptive children really are in their thinking and visioning. An immediate aim and outcome of the project will be to educate in an exciting way the importance and potential of recycling metal – in this instance largely through drinks cans made from aluminium. The project will be videoed in almost every aspect including the recycling and casting processes and also the journey aspect of making new fellowships across the Irish Sea. In addition, for both the launch of the maquette and the main piece (should it go ahead) there will be special works of contemporary dance commissioned which will feature children from the project in the performance – a short piece of the maquette stage and naturally a larger scale event for the main work. This being a further collaborative piece involving the artists/sculptor, a composer and choreographer.

Project Total Cost: £21,470.00
Grant Awarded: £2,845.63.

 

Organic Supply/Benefits Proposal
The project conducted a feasibility study to gather information on whether a consortium of Organic growers/producers could reasonably/successfully bid for public food procurement contracts in Pembrokeshire. The intention is not only to find out how to bid but also to identify hurdles and obstacles and how to avoid or overcome these, also to gather supportive information regarding the added benefits of Organic produce. If the project is successful and Organic produce begins to be sourced locally in Pembrokeshire, schoolchildren, hospital patients/staff, and local authority employees may be eating local Organic produce.

Project Total Cost: £16,840.00
Grant Awarded: £6,670.00.

 

Economies R Us
The project was for events in Pembrokeshire which promote a sustainable future. The events had stalls and displays showing what we can buy and do locally to create a local green economy, e.g. local food, recycled goods, green energy, natural local building materials etc. and what we can offer the outside world which reflects our environmental values. The events included cultural activity/presentations and discussions that use innovative techniques to involve and empower everyone. Events included displays of official strategies, policies and funding opportunities and simple interpretations where needed. All ages and abilities were catered for. These events will bring together groups and aspects to the economy that does not normally mix and provide the ideas, confidence and experience to help people develop a green local economy. Events took place in Haverfordwest, Newport, Fishguard.

Project Total Cost: £8,100.00
Grant Awarded: £4,200.00.

 

Y Gragen Eco Build Study Case
Using the opportunity presented by the new earth build (clom) extension to Y Gragen cottage, this project will: a) Produce a full, user friendly report, monitoring and evaluating each element of the building process, bureaucratic process, material sourcing and costings. Supporting technical information and research from related institutes such as the Devon School of Earth Architecture (in Plymouth University) and Devon Earth Building Association will also be included. The report will be available on paper and via the internet b) Raise awareness of clom as a valid eco build material with a local lineage and of the eco benefits of using it in conjunction with other natural materials including thatch, wood pellet central heating, and local sheep’s wool insulation. This will be achieved through ongoing publicity; a launch day involving the National Park Authority, local and Assembly politicians; educational visits and on-site training. The extension of Y Gragen is informed by the principles of sustainability: Local sourcing, minimal environment impact, value added/employment opportunities and an integral relationship with the local history and landscape. This will be the first new-build clom house in Pembrokeshire for 250 years. The report will be pitched from the level of the self-builder upwards.

Project Total Cost: £30,420.00
Grant Awarded: £5,970.00.

 

Renewable Energy – on your doorstep
The project will take renewable energy out to the communities within Pembrokeshire. The West Wales Eco Centre has recently completed the construction of a renewable energy trailer which demonstrates PV (photovoltaic) and wind as a means of generating electricity, solar water heating and biomass heating using a wood pellet stove. All of this equipment, including monitoring and display information is presented in a way to show the general public the practical options that they could use in their homes and premises (for community halls, SMEs etc.). The trailer is also fitted with AV and audio equipment to allow it to be used at e.g. local shows, school fetes etc. as the PA system. Everything runs from renewable energy.Over a twelve-month period it is planned to take this trailer to at least one venue/meeting per week. The venues are going to be schools, community groups and general public events.

Project Total Cost: £35,000.00
Grant Awarded: £7,500.00.

 

Integrated Transport for All
Integrated Transport for All is a project designed to promote and raise awareness of: 1) The benefits of integrated transport systems, involving all modes of transport, and 2) The need for improved public transport provision, throughout the north Pembrokeshire area. The project will work through: 1) The organisation of community meetings throughout the area 2) Liaising with national, local and community elected representatives and officers, other local groups, and with groups with a transport interest at all regional levels. 3) Representing the transport interests of the area at other transport meetings. 4) The production and distribution of promotional materials 5) Regular media news and interviews 6) The contribution of responses to transportation and other relevant consultations The intended outcomes will be the planning and implementation of improved transport systems to the area resulting in: 1) Sustainable economic growth 2) Reduction of social exclusion 3) Enhancement of the overall physical and social environment

Project Total Cost: £23,160.00
Grant Awarded: £10,680.66.