One of our main areas of work involves identifying the issues that are important to communities that can then provide a focus for activity.  Specific themes such as agriculture, history or the natural environment appeal to different groups and funding bodies.  Themes can cut across geographical boundaries and bring different communities together to exchange ideas and work together as a network.

We have helped create and maintain a variety of Pembrokeshire-based networks which can be made up of public, private and third sector organisations as well as interested individuals.

Current PLANED networks include:

Community Buildings Network:

Arranging events to help those involved with the management of halls and community buildings. For example, running visits to see halls benefitting from solar energy and ground source heating.

Read more here.

Community Forum Network:

Bringing together community forums and associations and community and town councils from across Pembrokeshire to discuss issues of common interest and concern, share their ideas and learn about successful community initiatives.

Community Heritage Network:

Arranging a number of events including heritage days bringing together those interested in the varied heritage of Pembrokeshire. For example, arranging a day to tie in with the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage with a focus on the walled towns of Pembroke and Tenby.

Pembrokeshire Enterprise Network:

PEN is a network aimed at supporting and connecting small to medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs in the county.

Read more here.

Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agricultural Network (PSAN):

Facilitates meetings for farmers and landowners to discuss sustainable agriculture. Each meeting usually includes a guest speaker on a relevant topic. PSAN also runs sub-groups

  • PSAN Food and Farming Schools Project: dedicated to promoting food and farming with young people, and raising awareness about where their food comes from.
  • PSAN Wildfire Group: working with landowners and communities to help reduce outbreaks of wildfires, including practical land management to help minimise potential damage.  


PLANED+ is the LGBT staff network. Here at PLANED we are committed to equality and diversity agendas and ensuring that all staff feel safe, comfortable and supported in their employment with us.

PLANED is committed to LGBT inclusion and is proactive in ensuring the voices of our LGBT workforce are heard. PLANED+ works in collaboration with PembsPlus to provide a support network and opportunity for colleagues to get together. PLANED+ also sends out a monthly LGBT update detailing what’s going on both at PLANED and throughout Pembrokeshire for the LGBT community. PLANED+ will also be liaising and working with the other networks administered by PLANED to ensure as much as possible that an LGBT presence and representation remains a key priority for PLANED’s community engagement work.


Valuing the Environment:

Helping communities to develop the skills they need to design and implement projects that help and enhance the environment. We are arranging events aimed at recycling and reusing wherever possible, developing practical projects to improve quality of life. For example, arranging an event in 2018 to see whether Pembrokeshire is ready to go plastic free.


For more information or to get involved please contact our Networks Officer, Benjamin Thorndyke



External Networks we are part of:

Third Sector Partnership Council

Community Sector Representation on the Partnership Council

PLANED is working in partnership with Building Communities Trust (BCT) taking up the role of community sector representation on the Third Sector Partnership Council.

Read more here.

European Rural Parliament

Voice for Rural People, Policy Forum and Platform, Networking, Partnership and Friendship

The European Rural Parliament was created to provide a voice for rural people and the communities supporting them in relation to European policies and decision-making.

Read more here.

Rural Opinion Advocacy and Development

PLANED is working with ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), Rural Community Network NI, Scottish Rural Action and Irish Rural Link as part of the latest European Rural Parliament project known as ROAD (Rural Opinion Advocacy and Development). This UK and Ireland project will focus on how rural links with European Countries can be maintained post March 2019.

Read more here.