Tour of high profile Pembs projects
a hydro, reedbed and solar thermal engineer plus Dora delight in field scale pv, see article
tour on 11/11/11

Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas AM spent a day visiting four high profile Pembrokeshire enterprises on 11/11/11. He is chair of the Welsh environment and sustainability committee.

His committee are reviewing planning and energy, and seeking ways to put
sustainable development at the heart of Welsh politics. The tour will inform these processes.

I took them to Lammas ecovillage under construction where the extreme of ecopioneers are trying to achieve a totally green life in 5 years from a standing start on 2 hectares each while the regulatory hounds snap and worry them.
(see article on planning)

Then to Hermon community Centre, where hundreds of locals have bought back chunks of their community, eg the old school and areas of Cardigan town, they are building green and trying to get it renewably powered in the teeth of contrary winds. Crowd sourced reclaim the centres.

From there to Rhosygilwen mansion where dodgy global finance has been filtered into a sunlit culture hub for the region. And finally to Bluestone, a tourist holiday village which has also been through the planning mill to get to where it is on the eco scale of things. Where is that? We found an ardent and unusual commitment to all things local, especially bio fuel and human energy. The Miscanthus patch at the heart of the resort breathed an untrod world of rustling prairy.

The energy hub is a room of vast silver pipes and controls, and a furnace where farmers' chipped miscanthus and wood waste glows and spits flame while heating the water for the 'blue lagoon' and sports centre. We felt like admiring insects in a towering web of technology.

Interestingly each of these is bigging it up with a different form of renewable energy. At Lammas its hydro, the aspiration at Hermon is  wind, at Rhosygilwen its the sun, and at Bluestone its locally grown biomass.

Fascinating stuff and reinforces the powerful conclusion that there isnt a single broad highway to the sustainable future we desire and require but a colourful contrast of paths winding up through different social terrain.


That evening Transition Town Haverfordwest provided a dinner made entirely from produce of the farmers market. Over 60 attended, what a hubub.


farmers view miscanthus outside water world

inside the power house, the powerful: William McNamara ceo Bluestone and Dafydd El.

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22.01 | 19:00

Hi, do you have any adze in the shop at the moment? thanks

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Have you or can you suggest any use for rosettes awarded at the agricultural shows please?

23.03 | 18:06

Hi from Ellie at Pembs. FOE I can't make it to your Green Fair ,but will try and bring some info. about latest campaigns etc. this Friday for a display board.

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Is there an local organisation in SouthWest Wales for smallholders and allotment holders to sell excess produce from their holding for income?

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