Sustainable Development Fund Committee

20/01/2016 @ 10:00 - National Park Offices


1. To elect a Chairman for the ensuing year.

2. To elect a Deputy Chairman for the ensuing year.

3. To receive apologies for absence

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

5. To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the SDF Committee held on the 28th January 2015

6 To consider the report of the SDF Administrator

7. To consider the following applications:

SDF 0354 – 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.

SDF 0355 – Strumble Tidal Flow
Research undertaken by SEACAMS (a partnership of marine experts from Bangor, Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities) for Transition Bro Gwaun (TBG) has identified areas of the seabed off Strumble Head where there is potential for tidal flow devices to be installed. The Strumble Tidal Flow Project aims to realise the first community owned/led tidal flow project in Wales. This project would support TBG’s aims to mitigate the community’s impact on climate change and provide a sustainable energy source and security of supply, whilst also bringing local financial benefits for both local investors and local community initiatives. Following the SEACAMS report TBG have engaged with key stakeholder organisations to raise awareness of the project and to initiate potential partnerships. To drive the project forward to the next stage requires specialist consultants, with a high level of expertise in both marine energy and community development, to further partnerships and engage with marine device developers to identify a device suitable for installation. Work to develop a business plan and secure funding for subsequent stages is also crucial for ongoing progress including, for example, Crown Estate Seabed leasing. 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.

SDF 0356 – 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 e.g. re-created 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 e.g. 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 ‘bee-scapes’, 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.

SDF 0357 – 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 2-4 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.

SDF 0358 –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 (3-14 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 landuse of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (PCNP). 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 play-workers 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 PCNP as a natural learning and play resource.

SDF 0359 – 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 coordinator 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 aim 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.

8. To discuss the AONB Review of the Sustainable Development Fund