The kick off meeting for the Powys led Home Grown Homes Exemplar Programme was held at Cardiff Metropolitan University on Friday 11 May. The 16 delegates represented, Powys County Council and the four delivery partners – Woodknowledge Wales, Cardiff Met, Exova BM Trada and Coed Cymru.

The infographic below summaries the project and its three key themes, more and better homes from wood, more and better local manufacturing, more and better home grown timber. The meeting covered wide ranging and informative discussions about the project and how the aims of the different work packages will be delivered and communicated.

Infographic for Powys home grown homes project. Left hand side quote, middle map of Wales with key themes and right hand panel logos for funders and delivery partners involved

The project is seeking to create and enhance the business case for timber construction in a way that maximizes the socio-economic value to Wales.

One of the repeating themes from the meeting was that Wales is a fantastic place to grow industrially important tree species. However, Wales is currently substantially under-performing in terms of the quality and quantity of timber reaching the market. This project will look at a range of options for change through innovation in business models, wood-processing, housing design and manufacture.

The official launch of the project will take place at WoodBUILD 2018 by Cllr James Evans (Portfolio holder for Housing at Powys County Council). This will be an opportunity for you to come and find out about the protect and also how you can get involved. Do you have a project in mind that could become one of the exemplar projects? If so then we would like to explore how we can work together.

Group photo of 16 people standing outside.

The participants (and organisations they were representing) at this event were from left to right:

Prof. George Karani (Cardiff Met), James Moxey (WKW), Phil O’Leary (Exova BM TRADA), Lewis Taylor (Exova BM TRADA), Francesco Zaccaro (Cardiff Met), Graham Hilton (Coed Cymru), Robin Lancashire (Exova BM TRADA), Gary Newman (WKW – Centre), Dainis Dauksta (WKW), Tom Simmons (Powys CC), Ceri Loxton (WKW), Dr John Littlewood (Cardiff Met) , Simone Hodges (Powys CC), Eilidh Forster (Bangor University), Tony Whyman (Cardiff Met.), Gareth Davies (Coed Cymru).