One year for Presteigne allotments
We have just had our first anniversary on the Presteigne allotment site - this morning we are having a work party to dig a trench so that we can install a pipe and handpump to bring water up from a mill leate that runs under the site. All the plots are looking wonderful and were very productive last year. We only finished eating the last of the potatoes and crown prince squash this week!
Spring News from Cae Poeth
Having braved the arctic scenes last time up at Cae Poeth Nature Reserve we thought it was about time we headed down there to see how things have grown.... and do some site maintenance, have some fun, get creative and simply enjoy the space.
So, on Fri 13 and Sat 14 May we'll be there from 10 - 4 each day with kettle on the fire and three main tasks to atttempt:
Not Susan, but Waste
Desperately Seeking Space to Stay Zero Waste
Help is urgently required. Staff and residents of Presteigne and Norton’s Zero Waste project may have their celebrations cut short. Together they achieved class leading recycling rates in under 1 year and they had been contracted to ‘keep up the good work’ for a further year. Project Manager David Clarke explained ‘We have been funded for a second year because the community has done so well, we now have record breaking levels of recycling and capture of recyclable materials and the Welsh Assembly want us to try and get even further towards – and if possible beyond - their 2025 targets of 75% recycling.’
Year one was made possible in part by the generosity of Countrywide Stores who provided space at their Old Mill depot on the edge of the town. The building was the base to operate the Zero Waste vehicle from and to bulk up and bale materials before sale. David Clarke said ‘Countrywide Stores have been very supportive of the community over the last 12 months by allowing us to rent space in their building. Originally Zero Waste was only scheduled to run for 12 months but we seem to have been a victim of our own success in winning a second year of partnership work here in Presteigne.’
‘Countrywide Stores need the building back for their own use and we are now caught with a project to run and no space to run it in. The project only has until the 11th of May to find new premises to operate from.
Zero Waste is looking for a large warehouse-type building to rent for 12 months - either light industrial or agricultural – in or around Presteigne. The building needs to have 3 phase power and full size vehicle access doors.
If you know of a suitable space please contact David Clarke on 07983 472911
Birdsong Can Seriously Improve Your Health
On Sunday 17 April the Shared Earth Trust at Denmark Farm near Lampeter is holding a Dawn Chorus Walk.
This April weekend also marks the start of the summer season for the Eco Campsite at Denmark Farm. Visitors are invited to put up their tents, immerse themselves in nature and join the guided bird walk.
Biodiesel for Presteigne
Transition Town Presteigne's (TP) Transport Group has successfully managed to source a supply of biodiesel. This biodiesel is made from used cooking oils collected from local catering outlets for example, used chip oil from the local chippy. This oil is processed (by trans-esterification & filtering) to make a product suitable for use in diesel engines. This fuel is virtually carbon neutral as it has absorbed CO2 whilst growing which is simply released when combusted. Particulates are reduced by 85% and carbon monoxide emissions by 50% compared to conventional diesel and no sulphur dioxide is emitted either. Most pre 2004 diesel vehicles can run on 100% biodiesel with a filter change needed after the first 1000 miles. More recent common rail and unit injector systems are not so tolerant and a 20%
biodiesel 80% conventional diesel mix is a good starting point for these units. It is recommended that you check your vehicle specifications with your car dealer if you are planning on using biodiesel.
If you are interested in using this fuel or would like to know a bit more about it and how it will be supplied please contact