Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agriculture Network

PLANED has established the Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agriculture Network as a forum  for farmers and landowners to discuss ideas and develop opportunities relating to sustainable agriculture e.g. renewables, climate change, recycling, protecting soil structure and biodiversity.  The Network works closely with key partners and farming and environmental organisations such as  the Environment Agency, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, the National Trust, Countryside Council for Wales, Farming Unions (FUW/NFU/CLA), Welsh Assembly Government,  Pembrokeshire Machinery Ring, Forestry Commission, YFC, Lantra, Coed Cymru and many others working in the fields of agriculture, conservation and business support.

The Network promotes and encourages farming practices that protect and enhance biodiversity and cultural diversity, including local distinctiveness. The Network also promotes diversification and entrepreneurial opportunities and linkages within the rural community by facilitating co-operation and collaboration between key partners, agricultural and geographic communities and communities of interest e.g. food, tourism, energy, thus providing the mechanism to tailor opportunities to local circumstances.

Through the Network, awareness raising and capacity building events, seminars, workshops (on and off farm) are organized working with key partners and advisors to promote diversification or entrepreneurial opportunities. These are planned with particular emphasis placed on helping farmers to understand and review their resources and opportunities relating to sustainable development and sustainable agricultural practices.

Over 50 group and awareness meetings have been run since the Network was established in 2006 attended by more than 1500 farmers. Feedback from farmers attending the meetings has been positive with a high satisfaction rating. Feedback shows they attend the meetings to become better informed; develop ideas to diversify; to network with like minded farmers and use these meetings as a signpost for further advice or grant-aid. Feedback from organisations attending the Network have responded positively commenting that the Network allows them to influence policy, promote their projects and network with like-minded organisations.

This project builds on lessons learned from PLANED’s Whole Farm Support Schemes (1996-2001 Objective 5b funded) and Harnessing Rural Capital (2006-2008) Article 6 ESF(link to case study) This project aims to increase the confidence and knowledge of farming families so that larger numbers will participate in economic and environmental activities which will contribute to the sustainable development of the area.  It also aims to engage and motivate farmers at grass roots level, so that they will be in a better position to access support and advice mechanisms available under programmes such as Farming Connect thus increasing the uptake of such programmes.

Past Events

PSAN Seminar: Adding Value to Woodland – Wednesday 23rd April 2014
PSAN Seminar: The Viability of Biomass Energy – Thursday 1st May 2014

Videos: The Viability of Biomass Energy Part 1; Part 2; Part 3

PSAN Seminar: The Potential of Biochar – Thursday 8th May 2014

Videos:  The Potential of Biochar Part 1; Part 2; Part 3

Building Climate Change Resilience Into Your Farming System 16.10.14

Video: Building Climate Change Resilience into Your Farming System