I was out yesterday as part of a Fit for the Future network sharing session. Paul was showing and telling around the marine source heat pump in the morning and I was in Hafod y Llan in the afternoon talking hydro, biomass and other ‘stuff’. We were out with Chloe the energy behind the network and the also the green team from Adnams the brewers (also makers of the finest gin in the world.. see story). I was there to talk all things EV and generation. But also got so much back in terms of sustainability vision and waste management. (Adnams opperate a zero to landfill policy and also have one of the most sustainable breweries in the country. Same goes for their gin in terms of the amount of water used… I have something about the last one!) They learnt, we learnt! (the essence of the network!)
This was also my first chance to see how the Gorsen Hydro surface pipe was blending into the landscape after 20 months. I was blown away by what nature was doing with the pipe. It was disappearing into the undergrowth. This is what we had always hoped for and it was happening in front of our eyes. In terms of planning permission and our own standpoint on hydro pipes we usually go for a ‘bury’. But the location was full of trees and unknown archaeology and so we worked with the planners to go for a surface pipe with a vision it would be swallowed up by biodiversity… it has or should i say …is!