Gower Regeneration - OFFER CLOSED

Who benefits

Gower Regeneration Ltd will use profits that it generates from the sale of electricity and from subsidies to invest into initiatives in the local area which build the rural economy in a way which won’t cause harm for future generations. Projects that are socially focused, ecologically sensitive and celebrate the natural heritage of the local area will be supported and developed, with the distribution of profits to deliver these wider social objectives agreed at each AGM by our members. Over £550,000 is expected to be available for enterprise development over 30 years.

Local Social Enterprise

Cae Tan CSA

Gower Regeneration has a close relationship with the Gower Heritage Centre. Over its lifetime, Park Mill has been an important focal point for the community and it was adapted for different uses: sawing timber for construction, grinding wheat for bread-making during WW2. Today the centre built around it is a hub for enterprise, small businesses and artisans. It will be an important resource for the community benefit society, transforming income from electricity sales into projects hosted there.

The onsite woodland also offers a host of possibilities - potentially a wood cooperative, providing sustainable, carbon-neutral fuel for local households, or a wood-fired boiler for the nearby school. Burning wood releases the same amount of carbon dioxide that the tree absorbs while it is growing. This means that if processing and transportation can be done in ways which minimise CO2 production, wood can be a carbon-neutral fuel.

Education and Training

An educational display will be created onsite enabling pupils, staff and parents from the primary school next door to monitor how the project is performing. There is also a proposed educational facility on the site which will allow Gower Regeneration to nurture a relationship with the school and others nearby wishing to learn more about sustainability. The Society is also commited to enaging with at least one year group of the local primary school each year during the first five years, with the target to be extended thereafter.

A variety of training courses and workshops have been delivered at Gower Heritage Centre over the years. Gower Regeneration support will allow this to expand, and safeguard its future as a resource for learning what we can about the past to benefit present and future generations.

Celebrating Heritage

Gower Heritage Centre

The Gower Heritage Centre is set in the heart of the Gower Peninsula and was established in 1990 as a countryside crafts centre when the 12th century water-powered corn and saw mill was renovated, and experienced crafts people took up residence on site. Today the centre is recognised as a vibrant crafts and rural life museum that welcomes visitors from all around the world. More information about Gower Heritage can be found on their website.

Cae Tan Community Supported Agriculture

A successful share offer will allow Gower Regeneration to invest in setting up projects like Cae Tan CSA onsite. Cae Tan CSA is already providing organic vegetables for over 100 local households and is looking for new spaces to grow food and engage community members including school children. More information about Cae Tan CSA including a short film is available at www.caetancsa.org

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