Open Week 2019

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Following our successful Open Week 2018, this year One Planet Developments across Wales will again be hosting tours during 22-28th July 2019.  This year, booking is necessary for all cars wishing to park on site.  Please read the details below and then book here.  If you arrive on foot, bicycle, or by public transport, you do not need to book but please sign up so we can send you full location details.  After booking, please look out for an email from info@oneplanetcouncil.org.uk – check spam folder if it doesn’t turn up within a week!

Beeview Farm, Pencedni, Pencoed, Gelli y Gafel and Rhiw Las now have no parking space remaining: you may request walking details for these sites but please do not arrive in a car unless you have received confirmation of your ticket.

What you need to know (please read in full before booking)

Booking is required for all cars intending to park on site, and places are limited. Please do not arrive by car if you have not confirmed the availability of parking. Hosts will expect a donation in the region of £3-6 per adult, which will be requested at the start or end of the tour. Please respect residents’ privacy and generosity by staying with the tour, supervising children at all times, keeping dogs on leads, and requesting permission before taking photographs.  It would be appreciated if you could arrive promptly as late arrivals may disrupt or miss the tour.

One Planet Developments are also required to minimise traffic impacts: please car share where possible (use the Facebook event page to offer or request lifts) and this will also maximise the numbers able to attend.  Please bring weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.

Note that on Saturday there are two afternoon options in South Wales, both at 2pm – you cannot attend both so please do not book car tickets for both.  You can combine Maes Melangell with either Parc y Dwr or Rhiw Las but not both.  There is also one afternoon option (Ty Coed/Dee Wood) in North Wales which cannot be combined with the South Wales morning option as it is too far to drive between them in time.

Toilet facilities in general are composting loos, of various levels of sophistication.

Some plots may have produce to sell or offer light refreshments.

If you have any accessibility requirements please get in touch with info@oneplanetcouncil.org.uk before visiting, as some plots are unfortunately not yet able to accommodate wheelchair access.

Read on for details of tour locations, dates, times and highlights



Monday 22nd July

10am to 12pm
Beeview Farm, Newport, Pembrokeshire: CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL but you can still request walking directions if you are happy to park in Newport and walk up the hill to the site.

Beeview Farm is a 3 acre site on the side of Carningli Mountain. We have chickens, ducks, and of course bees, and are establishing perennials and self seeding plants while trying to embrace any edible ‘weeds’ growing on site. We try to re-use and re-cycle as much as possible and have recently made a manual washing machine and a bio-digester.  CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL

Monday 22nd July
1pm to 3pm
Parc y Dderwen, Llangolman, Pembrokeshire: 10 parking spaces available for booking.

Parc y Dderwen is a 12 acre small farm focused on fermented foods. Awarded an OPD in May this year, PyD is laying the grounds for a market garden to grow ingredients for their established sauerkraut business. PyD will also establish a nut orchard, fruit orchards, pockets of native woodland and welcome some chickens, ducks and geese along the way.



Tuesday 23rd July

10am to 12pm
Hafan y Coed, Glandwr, Pembrokeshire: 25 parking spaces available for booking.
This smallholding has been established for just a year, it is an agro-forestry OPD – growing furniture, producing pollinator and edible plants alongside our own produce. Based on old over grazed pasture land we are planting to increase biodiversity and create a sustainable landscape for the future.

Tuesday 23rd July
1pm to 3pm

Pencedni, Glandwr, Pembrokeshire: CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL but you can still request walking directions if you are happy to park elsewhere and walk about half a mile to the site.

Pencedni in Glandwr, Pembrokeshire received planning permission in 2015. The 10-acre site is busy planting a large diversity of trees and useful plants as parent stock for their nursery business.  Pencedni offer advice for anyone wishing to make more of their land in terms of biodiversity, productivity and soil health and once established they will provide planting material for this purpose. The site features a walnut orchard, experimental plantings of novel fruit crops, a recently planted wildflower meadow, coppice for fuel, craftwood, tree hay etc. a small flock of Badger Face sheep and landscaping works including ponds, irrigation ditches and terracing. Jacqui and Tom are in the process of building their timber framed hempcrete house.
CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL
Home made lunch and cake available to buy at 12:30pm



Wednesday 24th July

10am to 12pm
Pencoed, Llechryd, Ceredigion: CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL Pencoed is a 12.6 acre smallholding, comprising wild meadows, wetland and woodland. Our work in progress includes a self-build timber/straw bale family home, orchard, craft willow beds, apiary, forest garden. Planning permission since March 2018.  CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL. *PLEASE NOTE* There are still visitor places available to book for those willing to walk along the quiet back lane from Llechryd Village (pleasant 15 minute walk).

Wednesday 24th July
1pm to 3pm

Bryn yr Blodau, Pembrokeshire: 20 parking spaces available for booking, but note that this is a short walk from the actual site.  A very limited number of closer spaces are available; priority to disabled.

We love living simply on the land.  We welcome you to join us for the afternoon at Bryn yr Blodau, we will be touring the gardens and polytunnel (bring a bag and take home some salad and fruits), meet the goats (bring a bottle and take home some milk), sharing snacks around the fire in the stone circle if the weather is fine, and enjoying  cups of herbal tea in the roundhouse.. We will have a small table with home made goodies for sale such as herbal tisane’s, tinctures and salves, goats milk soap and home grown vegetables… See you there!


Thursday 25th July
10am to 12pm
Willow Farm, Pembrokeshire: 1 parking space available for booking; priority to disabled.  A map of places to park and walk will be available.
Details to follow.

Thursday 25th July
1pm to 3pm

Green Apple, Cosheston, Pembrokeshire: 25 parking spaces available for booking.

This site is one of the pioneers, having gained permission in 2009 under Pembrokeshire’s local Policy 52, a precursor to the OPD policy. Green Apple is dedicated towards making a positive multidimensional contribution to finding a way through the present planetary environmental crisis.


Friday 26th July
10am to 12pm
Plas Helyg, Lammas Ecovillage, Glandwr, Pembrokeshire: 25 parking spaces available for booking.

Plas Helyg means ‘willow palace’, reflecting the dedication to willow cultivation and craft that we practise here. Our two primary land-based products are 18 varieties of hand coppiced chemical free willow, and our lovingly hand sheared high quality Blue Faced Leicester wool. We run lots of courses in basketry, sculpture, felt-making, as well as eco-building. We have a productive garden, including two hand crafted cob greenhouses, and we produce large quantities of soft fruit, eggs, a wide range of vegetables and more specialist products such as medicinal herbs and plant dyes.

Friday 26th July
1pm to 3pm

Gelli Y Gafel, Glandwr, Pembrokeshire: CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL but you can still request walking directions if you are happy to park at the Lammas Hub and walk about 10-15 minutes to the site.

Gelli Y Gafel began as two pasture fields which we are tranforming into bio-diverse and multifunctional ecosystems using permaculture principles. We have areas for annual and perennial crops, soft fruit production, forest garden, orchards, nuttery, timber and coppice, plant raising, grazing for sheep, wild areas and ponds. Our land based businesses are selling wild foods, carpentry and we hope to produce fruit wines and cider for sale in the future. CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL.

 


 

Saturday 27th July – Whitland, South Wales
2pm to 3pm
Ty Gwennol, Rhiw Las, Carmarthenshire: CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL

Our OPD business plan includes a nano dairy and a natural remedies range made from beeswax and flowers and herbs grown on site. We have been living on site for one full year now and have mostly focused on building the house, which will hopefully be finished this winter. We gained planning permission in July 2016 and our plot is called Ty Gwennol. CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL


Saturday 27th July – Whitland, South Wales
3pm to 4pm
Dan y Berllan, Rhiw Las, Carmarthenshire: CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL

We have just about finished building our off-grid roundwood timber frame, straw bale house.  Our land-based businesses include orchard produce and beekeeping.  This year we have introduced chickens, ducks and geese to the plot, and are beginning to scale up our food growing after the last couple of years concentrating on the house build.  We host the “Practical Introduction to OPD” course twice a year and will have honey and eggs for sale on the open day. CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL

Saturday 27th July – Whitland, South Wales
4pm to 5pm
Swn y Coed
, Rhiw Las, Carmarthenshire: CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL

Our land based business are Musical instrument making, forest school and outdoor education as well as food production. We have a large polytunnel, a no dig garden and a large orchard. CAR PARKING SPACE NOW FULL


Saturday 27th July – Glandwr, South Wales

11am to 1pm (please note different start time to other days)
Maes Melangell, Lammas Ecovillage, Glandwr, Pembrokeshire: 25 parking spaces available for booking.
Now in its tenth year this established OPD plot demonstrates abundant gardens, successful animal husbandry practices, a collection of natural building techniques and a range of micro-businesses (including soft fruit and christmas trees). Also includes the visionary Lammas Earth Centre (currently under construction).

Saturday 27th July – Glandwr, South Wales
2pm-4pm (please note different start time to other days)

Parc y Dwr, Glandwr, Pembrokeshire: 3 parking spaces available for booking.
In November 2014 we, as a family of four, obtained planning permission for our 7.5 acre, semi mechanised, low budget, land based One Planet Development called Parc-y-dwr. Our aim is to develop our smallholding into a productive and highly interconnected system of plants, animals, energy,  nutrients and life. We are working towards achieving our land based income by producing willow products, apple products, honey, christmas trees, plants, seeds, nuts, fruit, vegetables, preserves, wood craft, meat, eggs, milk and dairy produce.


Saturday 27th July – North Wales
1pm to 3pm
Ty Coed / Dee Wood, Glyndyfrdwy, Denbighshire: 10 parking spaces available for booking.

Dee Wood (Ty Coed) is a smallholding and Woodland business offering: Woodland Products – buildings, milled timber, charcoal; Sustainable Woodland Management; Permaculture; Low Impact Living; Eco-Building; Courses; Ecotherapies – counselling, mindfulness, well-being. Dee Wood is a 17 acre site which is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Glyndyfrdwy, Denbighshire, North Wales, LL21 9BS. Planning permission was granted in March 2018 but the woodland business has been established for 8 years.

 


Sunday 28th July

10am to 12pm
Gardd Darna, Llangolman, Pembrokeshire: 12 parking spaces available for booking.
Gardd Darna is a 6.1 acre OPD in an almost rectangular field bounded on all sides by banks and hedges. We are just 6 months into our first year having been granted Planning in October 2018. At the moment we have 3 polytunnels, a small greenhouse.  A barn/shed for animals and storage and numerous raised beds. We keep, 2 Saddleback pigs for breeding, 5 Ewes, 30 chickens and 14 Ducks. We sell our produce through our Honesty Stall at the entrance to the property. We are still developing the land with the help of natures rotovators’ (Pigs) and our own labour.