COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT.
The members of the Co-Hydro team are passionate about sustainable futures and have a commitment to the principles of Whole Systems and Ecological design.
We are very interested in working with local communities in ways that can help bring long term benefits to both community and environment.
Some of the projects we have developed with rural communities have made a real difference to the local economy and helped build a sense of confidence in the future.
The Talgarth mill project raised the funding to rebuild and renovate a derelict water mill in the centre of the town and instigated a local woodland management project. Rotational coppiced timber from the woodland management scheme is used to fuel a wood fired bakery in the mill’s riverside cafe. Premium quality flour from organic British grain is milled regularly with the waterwheel , used in the bakery and sold in the shop. The Mill also runs educational and community social events.
The project has generated full and part time employment for around 9 people. A volunteers group operates the flour mill itself and the Mill buildings house a successful bakery cafe, a local craft shop and art gallery.
Several new shops have opened in Talgarth since the Mill was completed and the local tourist industry has seen a considerable increase in visitor numbers to the town.
The Talgarth mill project was one of 4 winners of a UK wide Big Lottery competition supporting sustainable enterprise in rural communities. It was also the subject of a 1hr BBC1 documentary in 2011.