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Problem:
How to revitalise mid-Wales’ rural economy?
Solution:
Create pilot sustainable communities on a strategic scale.

Heart of Wales railway line mapThis website is about how the land and communities around the Heart of Wales train line from Llanelli to Knighton – a great but underappreciated asset to Wales – can fulfill their potential and help to feed, water and power much of Wales.

Using the line to better connect with the rest of the country, we can create jobs, regenerate the soil and landscape,  and support a working, balanced population obtaining more value from the land, living in affordable housing.

These new and revived communities would support:

  • productive, regenerative land-use
  • diverse, stable and durable employment
  • community-scale horticulture
  • a successful and convenient railway service
  • mixed forests for local industry and energy.

We propose that local non-profit groups and communities with no government financial assistance can help create these projects.

This needs pilot projects to test the idea in practice before replicating them elsewhere. Llandovery has been chosen as the first town to involve.

Other communities are invited to propose projects as part of the strategic Calon Cymru Network.

Let’s together set an inspirational example of how to make sustainable development a mainstream reality – for the well-being of future generations.

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About CCN

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Calon Cymru Network logoCalon Cymru Network is behind this project. It is a group of geographers, planners and architects.  We collaborate with specialists in housing, local economics, education, transport, energy, forestry, horticulture, law and community development.

Find out more at http://www.caloncymru.org/

Community features

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‘One Planet’ communities in rural Wales will make the most of their  assets to strengthen their local economies.

They would manage the land sustainably using organic horticulture and agroforestry and mixed woodland.

Horticulture smallholding with solar panels on barn roof.
Horticulture smallholding with solar panels on barn roof.
Hens kept free range in agroforestry plantation.
Hens kept free range in agroforestry plantation.
Cows grazing in an agroforestry plantation.
Cows grazing in an agroforestry plantation.
Sheep grazing in an agroforestry plantation
Sheep grazing in an agroforestry plantation.
Orchard and pond for aquaculture and land drainage.
Orchard and pond for aquaculture and land drainage.
Polytunnel and horticulture farmstead.
Polytunnel and horticulture farmstead.
Tao Wimbush milking a cow at Lammas.
Tao Wimbush milking a cow at Lammas.
Horticulture raised beds for market gardening.
Horticulture raised beds for market gardening.
Flower garden – flowers grown round the year for sale.
Flower garden – flowers grown round the year for sale.

This would enable them to supply much of their own needs and their local areas and beyond with products and produce from the land.

Hoppi Wimbiush delivering milk at Lammas
Hoppi Wimbiush delivering milk at Lammas
Farmers market
Farmers market
Farmers market
Farmers market
Harvesting vegetables to take to the farmers market
Harvesting vegetables to take to the farmers market

They would have the option of using the distinguishing ‘one planet’ label for their produce, like these products from other Welsh ‘One Planet’ Developments:

They will provide pleasant places to live that are zero carbon, non-polluting and healthy and for everyone of all ages and abilities. Here are some inspirational examples from around the world:

The Viva! Project, Christchurch, New Zealand
The Viva! Project, Christchurch, New Zealand
The Regen Project, Amsterdam, Holland
The Regen Project, Amsterdam, Holland
Squeaky Bean Farm which supplies a restaurant in Denver
Squeaky Bean Farm which supplies a restaurant in Denver
Sustainable neighborhood built around a farm in Sacramento, California, USA
Sustainable neighborhood built around a farm in Sacramento, California, USA
The Regen Project, Amsterdam, Holland
The Regen Project, Amsterdam, Holland
Hoppi Wimbush from Lammas, Pembrokeshire with some flowers she grows for sale as a business
Hoppi Wimbush from Lammas, Pembrokeshire with some flowers she grows for sale as a business
Ty Solar prototype zero carbon home in Ceredigion made from Welsh timber
Ty Solar prototype zero carbon home in Ceredigion made from Welsh timber
Solar and wind-powered off-the-grid homes in Hockerton farm and eco-village, Nottinghamshire.
Solar and wind-powered off-the-grid homes in Hockerton farm and eco-village, Nottinghamshire.
Solar and wind-powered off-the-grid homes in Hockerton farm and eco-village, Nottinghamshire.
Solar and wind-powered off-the-grid homes in Hockerton farm and eco-village, Nottinghamshire.

Llandovery sustainable neighbourhood

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An affordable, ‘one planet’ neighbourhood on the edge of Llandovery would revitalise the fortunes of this lovely town. A feasibility study  is now complete and will be launched on November 14 at 7pm in the Castle Hotel, Llandovery.

The public meeting will outline a business plan and strategy of how to move forward to make the development a reality. We want local people to be actively involved in designing the project, within the parameters of the overall aim.Public meeting Llandovery 14 November 2017 invitation

 

 

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