Plaid Leader Hails Ambition of Green Community Project


Leanne Wood has said a small Powys village aiming to become carbon negative is a fine example of what can be achieved through “people power.”

The Plaid Cymru leader was speaking during a visit with her party’s spokesperson for Sustainability, Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM, to the Llangattock Green Valleys (LGV) project.

The project began in 2008 when a number of residents grouped together to create a cleaner and more sustainable future for the community of Llangattock near Crickhowell.  Over the past four years they initiated schemes designed to harness solar power, hydro power and aerobic digeston with a view to becoming a carbon negative community by the end of 2015.

The tour, which incorporated the community allotments, a community woodstore and home energy efficiency measures, was led by Michael Butterfield from the Llangattock Green Valleys Steering Group.

Ms Wood said: “The community of Llangattock has shown what can be achieved through hard work and people pulling together with a single, clear goal.  Their achievements are considerable and their ambition and determination is really inspiring.

“Llangattock has many natural advantages but the biggest single factor in driving the project forward I picked up on is the enthusiasm of the people.

“This is why there is no reason why the various initiatives of the Llangattock Green Valleys cannot be rolled out everywhere in Wales.”

Mr Gruffydd said: “The drive shown by members of the Llangattock Green Valleys project is very impressive.  By utilising the natural resources of their local environment, the people of Llangattock have set a great example to the rest of Wales of a what a modern, sustainable community could look like.

“Their work to improve energy efficiency of local homes, as well as the local infant and primary school, will save large amounts of money in the long-run through reduced fuel bills.

“These kind of energy eficient measures will only become more important as the price of gas and electricity increase.