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    Can we encourage as many as possible to sign and/or organise petitions - and if possible to attend the "Day of Action" at the Carmarthen Guildhall on Saturday 30th August at 10am.

    If the TTIP goes ahead, as is being discreetly negotiated at present, it will make billions for the US global corporations and ruin our society, economy and environment in the process.



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  • The new Three Towns Food Network, linking Knighton, Presteigne and Kington to increase local food resilience, will be showing at Knighton Agricultural Show on 30 August (next to the tea tent, with Tene Valley Environmental Group and Knighton Tree Allotments Trust. Read more ...  

  • The 2014 Spring Greens Fair


    Bigger, better, bursting with good things green, but still intimate and charming...the 2014 Spring Greens Fair is back this weekend, 3/4 May at the wonderful Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow. Mid Wales Permaculture Network will be there, of course (perennial forest garden plants for sale and adopt-a-plant with free plants for children. This year there will be even more wonderful food, activities, forum discussions, demonstrations, crafts, performace... see it all here:

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    Memorial Hall, Presteigne, 9am -1pm


    LOCAL PRODUCE inc fresh organic veg, local cheeses, meats, eggs, smokerie, scrummy bites, homemade Indian foods, apple juice ...

    A SPECIAL stall for April from Whitton WI

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Website status

This site has not been updated since 2014 and is being maintained as an archive for now. As time allows we'll be weeding out the dated material and presenting the many useful articles in a new format. We'd appreciate any feedback on what you find most useful on this site via our contact page.


Lugg and Arrow clean-up


We have been approached by Tony Norman of the Lugg & Arrow Fisheries Ass. to find out

if any of you are able to get involved in this effort to kleen-up the rubbish out of our Rivers Lugg & Arrow over the weekend of 15th & 16th May. Teams in Leominster and villages on the rivers are needed to get near to complete coverage. So far they have the involvement of the following:

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New Planning Laws Could Affect Sustainable Developments

New National Planning Framework

The Government is consulting on a new national planning framework for England until 28th February. All the planning policy statements such as PPS7 on the Countryside, and PPS1a on Climate Change are likely to be replaced by one document The Government are allegedly looking to reduce several hundred pages of guidance into ten or twenty pages. 
This is really important for future people involved in low impact development, permaculture projects, ecovillages etc. It is potentially a threat as policies that have enabled projects to get planning permission in the past may be removed. However, it is also an important opportunity to get supportive policies added at the national level.
Chapter 7 has been working with the Permaculture Association  to identify planning policies that we'd like to see retained or added. Here in bullet point form are the main points we have identified.
1. A definition of "sustainable Development" in the framework that is robust and stringent, and emphasises ecologically sustainable development, not just sustainable economic development.
2. Retention of a policy to allow agricultural, forestry and other rural workers to build homes in the open countryside. This is currently contained in Annex A of PPS7 (Planning Policy Statement 7).
3. Introduction of a national policy for Low Impact Development, similar to the "One Planet Development" policy contained in TAN6 (Technical Advice Note 6) in Wales.
4. Introduction of policies that are supportive of self-builders, particularly where homes are ecologically sustainable and/or affordable.
5. We would like to see the encouragement of local food production and forestry enterprises on green belt land.
6. Introduction of policies that provide for people who wish to have part-time access to agricultural land on the edge of existing settlements.
7. Introduction of policies that make it easier for those who choose to live in a mobile home, cabin or other low impact dwelling to do so — whether or not they are classed as gypsies or travellers.
We need to demonstrate to the government that there is a demand for these kinds of development. If you agree with some or all of these points please write a submission by the 28th February - in your own words - and send it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Alan Scott
National Planning Policy Framework
Department for Communities and Local Government
Zone 1/H6
Eland House
London SW1E 5DU

Below is Chapter7's draft submission which fleshes out some of these points in greater detail.


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Non-stop Carmarthen sustainability

24 hour event in Carmarthen

Project Twenty4 is an exciting 24-hour sustainability event being held at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen Campus on Friday 18th - Sat 19th February.

This event is FREE, and is open to EVERYONE.

Profitability, Resilience & Reputation: Sustainable Enterprise

At 2.00pm we have Jane Davidson AM, Jill Evans MEP, Julian Rosser of Oxfam, Andy Middleton of TYF, Paul Jones of TATA Steel and many other experts from businesses, community groups, Social enterprises and organisations from across the region.
If you are interested in reducing costs & increasing profit, changing waste into resource, turning products into services, reducing the impact of energy prices, helping customers become fans - please attend!

Creative events:

Upcycling and Write through the Night

At 6.00pm we are inviting all creative people to work on creating new stories, songs, plays, poems, and pieces of art that tell a story of a more resilient and prosperous Wales. 
 We are kicking off with a fashion upcycling event. PLEASE BRING AN ITEM OF CLOTHING THAT YOU FEEL CAN BE MADE MORE CONTEMPORARY OR EVEN TURNED INTO ANOTHER GARMENT. Work with over 30 of the best fashion students in the region, breathing life back into unwanted clothes.

From 9.00pm til 9.00am, join the "write through the night" team as we bring the most creative people under one roof to imagine and develop inspiring stories for the future.
We will have plenty of refreshments to keep the creative juices flowing all night or just join us at any point of the night. There will be a warm welcome to everyone.


Aled Vaughan Owen, Menter Cwm Gwendraeth

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01269 871600

Go to the movies in Kington

KLEEN film programme

Spring season 2011

Wednesday 2nd March – Rewind-Archive Film Evening – 7:30pm at LHS

Organised by Border Active Arts

Thursday 17th March – From The Heart of the World – Kogi Indians Warning.

Sunday 27th March – Seperado – Borderlines Film Festival – 7:30 at  the Burton £4

Friday 1st April –  Vanishing of the Bees

Thursday 7th April   – FOOD Inc. – Local food, presented by Jeff & Carey Glyn-Jones

Thursday 21st April  – Forest Garden Year

Thursday 19th May  – Crash Course – “End of Money”

how to prepare for coming economic storm

Thursday 26th May – The Story of Stuff! –

All KLEEN Films are from 7pm at the Oxford Arms, Duke Street, Kington.

Films are free but a donation of £2 is suggested; to KLEEN unless otherwise stated.

Fruit for All continues to develop

If, like me, you've been wondering what they have been doing in Machyntlleth during the long winter slence, you'll be please to read this snippet from the welcome recent Bro Dyfi newsletter:

"For the past eighteen months, Abi Price has been woking relentlessly setting up the Fruit For All group, finding funds (our thanks to Dulas engineering, Keep Wales Tidy, Communities First), sorting out mountains of legal paperwork (drove her nuts, she said) before getting schoolchildren from Ysgol Gynradd and Ysgol Bro Ddyfi to join in, making hot spicy apple, smoothies and pressing fresh apple juice at the farmers market. Finally, Abi organised the actual planting of young fruit trees and bushes in the Bryn-Y-Gog area with the help of local people who attended in good numbers, braving the bitter cold for a noble cause."

Seed saving event coming up, TBA, and we are promised that an EVENT is brewing in the minds of TBD movers and shakers!

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