Right on our doorstep here in Wrecsam, there's a fantastic initiative underway to convert cow muck and waste food into renewable energy. The Lower Park Farm cooperative is developing an Anaerobic Digester similar to the one already in operation at the Lodge Farm (ironically just a few hundred metres from the anti-fracking camp).
This digester already takes food waste from Kelloggs and other places and mixes it with slurry to create electricity that is fed into the Grid as well as heating the entire farm.
They now want the community to invest in a new cooperative to build a bigger AD plant at Rossett. They're having an open day this Wednesday (9th Sept) and you can attend between 10.30-12; 1.30-3pm or 5.30-7pm.
Richard Tomlinson, a local organic farmer who's behind the Calon Wen milk brand, is so passionate and articulate about this venture that you HAVE to go to hear him. This is joined-up thinking for sustainable farming and renewable energy. He's pictured here with Plaid Cymru's North Wales AM and shadow minister for energy and rural affairs Llyr Gruffydd.
Councillor Carrie Harper, of Plaid Cymru in Wrecsam, said:
"This is a great community venture from a group of people who are passionate about a greener, cleaner future for our town and our country. It's developing a tried and tested technology that could and should be in use on farms across Wales to provide green energy. "If you don't want fracking but want to keep the lights on - this is a no brainer."