Timeline

EcoDewi wants to recognise the great work that has happened locally in the past to help the local environment and our predecessors the St Davids EcoCity Group tried and achieved a huge amount! We are proud to be following in their footsteps and want to ensure their efforts aren’t forgotten, so we have put together this timeline of achievements. Memories are a little foggy so we’re not sure it some are totally accurate, whether some were ideas that never materialised or whether we’ve missed lots, so if you were involved in any of them or remember them happening, please do email us at hello@ecodewi.org.uk. Thanks in advance and enjoy scrolling through the timeline.

Eco City Group launches

February 13, 1995

Eco City Group launches

In the late 1990s, the St. Davids Eco City Group officially began with a simple main aim of becoming more environmentally aware. Initial plans were to liaise with the City Council and reduce environmental pollution.

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TYF a founding partner

February 14, 1996

TYF a founding partner

Local business TYF, is a founding partner of the new Eco City Group and is proud to have Green Dragon status. TYF’s founder, Andy Middleton said “Environmental care and stewardship has been part of TYF’s DNA since we started business in 1986. We are deeply aware of the increasing impact…

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Beach cleans

May 1, 1996

Beach cleans

Regular beach cleans were carried out by the St Davids Eco City Group of the years with Tim Watts leading the way, especially down at Portlysgi Bay, and working with Keep Wales Tidy and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

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Footprint Pledge

March 1, 1998

Footprint Pledge

Footprint pledge, art project & trail – we know it happened but don’t know much more about it.  If you do, please let us know.

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Tea towels for sale

January 20, 1999

To help raise funds, organic cotton tea towels were sold around the city in supporting shops and cafes.

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Various studies with Cardiff & Swansea Universities

October 3, 2000

Various studies with Cardiff & Swansea Universities

We have heard that the St Davids EcoCity group was involved with several studies with universities including Cardiff and Swansea Universities on topics including local carbon solutions for housing, transport, energy and food.  Was this study part of it? https://foodmaniffestobwyd.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/could-the-st-davids-peninsula-feed-itself-2013.pdf

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Community wind turbine

November 14, 2001

Community wind turbine

The group looked into the potential of a community wind turbine but unfortunately they didn’t manage to complete the project. Do you remember this and know any more? Get in touch.

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Plastic recycling

January 1, 2003

Plastic recycling

The Eco City Group was at the forefront of promoting plastic recycling in St. David’s arranging for a storage unit to be located at the St. David’s Waste & Recycling Centre from 2003 until 2019 when Pembrokeshire County Council eventually brought in kerb side domestic plastic recycling.

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Bio-fuel filling station

April 10, 2006

Bio-fuel filling station

The new bio-fuel filling station opened at a local mechanic’s garage and provides recycled vegetable oil which can be used in most diesel engines. The fuel, supplied by Sundance Renewables in neighbouring Carmarthenshire, ensures vehicles will only emit CO2 which has already been taken out of the atmosphere by plants…

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St Davids becomes first eco city

April 25, 2008

St Davids becomes first eco city

St Davids becomes the UK’s first eco city and aims to become the first carbon-neutral city in the world! Check out the article in The Times newspaper here.

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National Lottery Funding & an EcoCity officer!

April 2, 2009

National Lottery Funding & an EcoCity officer!

We believe that St Davids EcoCity successful applied for a huge National Lottery Grant which which helped pay for a part-time EcoCity Officer. Do you remember the details?  Please let us know.

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COCA community farm starts

February 13, 2010

COCA community farm starts

Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture (COCA) is a community supported agriculture scheme based at Caerhys Farm in Berea and is the result of meetings between Caerhys farmer, Gerald Miles, and St Davids Eco City Group. At the time it was the only scheme of its kind in Pembrokeshire. https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/localnews/11143839.st-davids-community-farm-group-enjoy-the-fruits-of-their-labour/

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Community Allotments

February 26, 2010

Community Allotments

Digging begins at Emlych, where chairman of the Eco City Group, Andy Dixon, and his wife Anne, have let out part of their land to St Davids City Council for allotment use. https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/5031885.st-davids-eco-city-week-starts-today/

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Rainwater harvesting system at Whitesands Beach public toilets

July 18, 2012

Rainwater harvesting system at Whitesands Beach public toilets

Did this ever happen, we’re not sure, but we heard that the group was looking into a rainwater harvesting system for Whitesands Beach public toilets.  Let us know if you know anything about this project please.

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Electric car club

May 1, 2013

Electric car club

Creation of an electric car club in St. David’s, the second ever in Wales following the first in Cigwyn near Newport, and supported by Vicky Moller.  The car was a Nissan Leaf and it was parked by a new charger in the TYF car park on the High Street.  Unfortunately…

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Reuseable Shopping bags

January 1, 2016

Reuseable Shopping bags

Organic cotton reusable shopping bags went on sale at CK’s Supermarket and Pebbles Yard Gallery & Cafe amongst other places to raise more funds for the Eco City Group and help reduce single use plastic bags being used in local shops.

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Walking routes

August 1, 2017

Walking routes

Walking routes – we know that the group worked hard to encourage visitors to walk to Whitesands rather than driving and they even created a guide to local footpaths. They also looked into a new footpath/pavement down to both Whitesands and Caerfai Bay. If you remember this and know more, please…

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Solar panels on new primary school

May 11, 2018

Solar panels on new primary school

We believe that the group had a project to install solar panels on the new primary school in St Davids.  Did they succeed? We don’t know, so if you remember or know please get in touch.  We believe the group also installed a demo solar water fountain in the school…

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Past members join meetings that form EcoDewi

September 3, 2018

Past members join meetings that form EcoDewi

In 2018, the Local Energy Action Force (LEAF) project begins, organised by Community Energy Pembrokeshire, and a project officer is allocated to the St Davids Peninsula. Several past members behind the St Davids EcoCity Group attend meetings to discuss the potential for more community owned energy in the region. Some…

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