New allotments at Llangattock, Powys

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New allotments at Llangattock, Powys, provided a much needed community focus and an opportunity to socialise and exercise through the growing of food. We secured grant funding and planning approval for the establishment of the allotments and for a solar powered borehole to provide a sustainable and affordable water supply. We have developed close ties with Llangattock Green Valleys Community Interest Company, set up to reduce their community carbon footprint, been involved with projects to provide photovoltaics for the local primary school and insulated external render systems.

The Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities based at the restored Talgarth Mill promotes sustainable education and renewable technologies, provides local employment within a community facility and tourist attraction.

In all our projects we apply sustainable building practices such as passive design, how a building is able to cool and heat itself though its site orientation, choice of materials and aspect to the sun. This is an elemental part of sustainable design, often over looked by the major house builders. We have a working knowledge of current targets relating to the Code for Sustainable Homes, Welsh Housing Quality Standards; Secure by Design and Party Wall matters.

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