Park Authority Committee tours successful carbon reduction projects
Members of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) Committee made a tour of local projects recently that have benefitted from SDF funding.
Since 2000, over 200 projects have been supported by the Fund. Over the past year, the Fund has changed its focus to support community-led projects that mitigate the climate emergency by contributing to a reduction in carbon.
Coppicewood College, which promotes and supports sustainable woodland management, was one of the successful applicants visited by Committee Members. After entering into talks with the West and South Wales Wildlife Trust and securing a new home in Pengelli Forest on a 25-year lease, an application was made for SDF funding to build a workshop using sustainable building methods. Both the College and the Wildlife Trust will benefit from this new partnership, as the College now has a brand new home in a prestigious SSSI woodland and the Trust will be able to have a programme of woodland management tailored to the needs of local wildlife.
SDF Committee Members also paid a visit to Clynfyw Care Farm, where funding has been used to pay for equipment, set-up costs and training in a new vermicomposting (worm composting) project. This creates a sustainable and high quality compost, which can be used to improve soil conditions organically for local vegetable produce growers, while sequestering carbon during the process.
Bwlch-y-groes village hall also formed part of the itinerary for Members, who were shown where the SDF-funded photovoltaic panels and electric vehicle charging point, which are set to complement the new building, will be positioned.
The tour came to an end with a talk from the Cwm Arian Renewable Energy Project, which has received an SDF cash injection to help with the Pembrokeshire Energy Efficiency Programme (PEEP) – a project that aims to engage with communities across North Pembrokeshire in order to understand behaviours in energy reduction.
Jessica Morgan, Funding and Grants Officer for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust, said:
“It’s been hugely rewarding to see so many innovative climate solutions coming to fruition as a result of SDF grants.
“We are now inviting applications for the next round of funding. If you are part of a community-led group or organisation based in or around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and have a project that would help reduce carbon and/or respond to climate change, please consider applying.”
Projects can include:
- Installing renewable energy generation facilities, such as solar panels, to a community building
- Transport initiatives that promote reduced carbon emissions
- The installation of community facilities that minimise waste, such as water fountains
- Any other community-based carbon reduction initiatives.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 10 September.
Visit our SDF page for further information on how to apply and an application form.
Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund is a fund supporting community projects in and around the Pembrokeshi...