Sustainable Development Fund Committee

28/01/2015 @ 10:00 - National Park Offices


1. To receive apologies for absence

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

3. To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the SDF Committee held on 17 September 2014

4 To consider the report of the SDF Administrator

5. To consider the applications on the following pages:

SDF 0349 – Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm: Phase 3
 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.

 SDF 0346 – Solva Care Pilot Project
 The overall aim of the Solva Care Community Project is to improve the health and wellbeing 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 would be supported and enhanced by a team of volunteers.

By focusing 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 is required to 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 would 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-rdinator would also work towards implementation of the next phase (post pilot) of project delivery.

SDF 0347 – 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 (pv) panels and a wind tubine 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.

SDF 0348 – 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 complimentary 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’.

SDF 0350 – Grub
 Grub is a new venture that aims to change opinions about how and what we eat. It is an exciting, innovative new food business that champions and promotes eating insects (entomophagy). Insects are one of nature’s most abundant resources and vastly untapped foods and this project will challenge convention about how the majority of people in the developed world think about the food we eat. Creating awareness and positively promoting this innovative and sustainable alternative to conventionally farmed sources of protein is essential to fulfil our need for protein as the population is predicted to exceed nine billion by 2050; it is also the reason for developing Grub. Funding is required to complete building refurbishment for a restaurant, seating and interactive engagement area at Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm in St Davids, which is the ideal location for this venture to be based. Grub will be a stand-alone venture but collaboration will be mutually beneficial and deliver an enhanced visitor experience.

The seating area for approximately 50-60 people will provide space to serve high quality food and drink to the public but has also been designed as an interactive venue for outreach events including workshops, cooking demonstrations and sustainability feast nights incorporating an entomophagy theme. These events will teach people how to explore the exciting new world of edible insects, as well as how to cook them and integrate them into their diets. The events will be developed and tailored to fit specific target audiences such as school/college/university groups, farming and agriculture professionals and private groups. The restaurant will offer a completely new combined dining and learning experience with a menu featuring both conventional and “unconventional fare”. There will be a large display showing edible insects of the world and information boards where local, native edible species are described alongside their edible tropical relatives. Dishes will range from an edible insect ‘pick and mix’ starter, to cricket crepes with bamboo worm fudge sauce for pudding; all highly unusual but delicious!

SDF 0351 – 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.