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Tackling rural poverty, social exclusion and
economic and environmental sustainability
The Ferryside Social Enterprise Group (FSEG) aims to address issues of rural poverty, social exclusion and economic and environmental sustainability through the development and use of this once-vacant site.
In line with our Environmental and Sustainability Policy, Calon y Fferi
is managed with the intention to minimise our impact on the environment and promote the preservation of flora and fauna on the site. These principles underpin all decisions and activities here, from building work to supplying toiletries in the guest accommodation.
In addition, we encourage our tenant businesses to think carefully about their own sustainability, such as recycling office waste.
As part of the building renovations, we are installing photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roof of the main building in order to provide our own renewable electricity. There are also talks in progress with Carmarthenshire County Council about establishing two charging points for electric vehicles.
A small team, comprising a staff member, tenant business representatives and a trustee, has begun to identify various areas across the site that have significant value in terms of species of native flora and fauna and to put in place a tailored management plan for each of these that will preserve and enhance their ecology and diversity. We hope to conduct surveys to identify the biota and submit species data to the West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre’s database. For example, 16 species of butterfly have already been seen here.
If you are interested in finding out more or would like to get involved, please contact the Calon y Fferi Environmental Group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see the group’s activities.