The North Pembrokeshire Eco Festival event was organised by a small group of volunteers who wanted to promote the use of renewable energy within communities.
The idea for the Festival came out of a 'Plugging the Leaks' workshop facilitated by PLANED where local people came together to identify ways of strengthening the rural economy. Use of renewable energy was highlighted as a key area that could be developed to have a positive impact, both on the environment and the economy.
The aim of the festival was to bring together a programme of short presentations on renewable energy, together with an exhibition providing as much information as possible on all aspects of community energy.
The festival took place on Rhydhowell Farm, a working farm in North Pembrokeshire, which has opened up 22 acres of ancient woodland as a nature trail. It was an ideal although somewhat unusual setting for an event promoting sustainability.
Presentations given in previous years included;
- Vegetable oil as car fuel - Daniel Blackburn
- Community wind - Pete West
- Bio-fuels - Bill Thompson
- Community ownership - Awel Aman Tawe
- Local case study - Energy Advice Centre
- Solar kiln - Jonathan Guest
- Recycling and composting
Exhibitors that attended included;
- The National Trust
- Alternative Fuels Wales
- Beacon Stoves
- Sundance Renewables
- Pembrokeshire Bio-energy Group
- Pembrokeshire Machinery Ring
- West Wales Eco Centre
- Farming Connect
The Eco Festival provided a show case for technology providers and local arts and crafts exhibitors with some local produce stalls.
Unfortunately due to lack of resources, volunteers moving away, and the ever growing mountain of rules and regulations, there will not be a Festival this year.