Home Grown Homes
"Cones to Keys" a feasibility study into getting the best from our timber.
Imagine a project where you can take a seed and plant it. Watch it grow into a tree, nurture it, harvest it and use the wood to build a new family home - all within 150-mile radius. Imagine then lots of trees with lots of people nurturing them, work for harvesting companies and work for new and existing companies making timber frame and modular housing resulting in the creation of many new homes and jobs using new skills.
Arwain LEADER funding supported a project from Powys County Council Housing Department, who worked alongside Wood Knowledge Wales, to undertake a feasibility study with development and scoping work. The project looked into getting the most from Welsh timber, currently a material used for low quality items with a low value price tag.
This project led to a successful bid by the Housing Department for a much bigger project under the Co-operation & Supply Chain Development Scheme. This is funded by Welsh Government funded Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. They were awarded a grant of £1.5 million which may not have been possible without the early intervention funding from Arwain. The work that Wood Knowledge Wales did in accordance with the Arwain funding ensured that the application contained the relevant aims, objectives, evidence which would be eligible for the Co-operation and Supply Chain funding. The next step for the project is the procurement of the Lead /Delivery partner who will be responsible for delivering the study/research in accordance with the application. The report issued by Wood Knowledge Wales was used in detailing the specification and tendering documentation. The housing department are now in the process of procurement/tendering via the Sell 2 Wales website.
RDP Arwain funding - £100,000
Match funding - £25,000
Project total - £125,000
Project start date: 22/8/16
Project end date: 21/8/17