Coed Talylan, is the location of the first ALT action research project. Here we aim to establish a co-sufficient community farm that is designed, managed and evaluated according to the principles of food sovereignty and agroecology. This 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons has been managed for nature conservation, the production of medicinal and gourmet mushrooms, horticulture and animal husbandry.
One Planet Development
There is currently no-one living at Coed Talylan as there is no residential planning permission yet but we plan to establish a co-sufficient farm through the One Planet Development (OPD) framework in 2017. The Welsh OPD planning framework is an exciting opportunity for people who aspire to build their own land-based livelihood while reducing their ecological footprint and taking responsibility for their own needs and waste. At Coed Talylan we hope to at least two families living in this way. So far only one family has been allocated a plot, and one individual has taken on another plot.
Courses and workshops at Coed Talylan
We run courses at Coed Talylan for people interested in mushroom cultivation, renewable energy and natural building. You can see our full course list on the courses and workshop page here.
About the Land
The land was formerly a Forestry Commission woodland which yielded large quantities of spruce timber. Over the last 10 years, this 70-acre woodland has been partially converted to agroforestry purposes, and has hosted the development of the pioneering Black Mountain Woodfuels, which promotes a system of woodland management that directly supports local energy production.
The woodland contains a number of existing assets:
- The timber was cleared around 18 years ago and the wood was replanted with a mixture of native broadleaves and some commercial timber species. Nearly all of these commercial crops are now approaching the time at which they can be thinned.
- The Sitka spruce in particular is now at a point where it requires thinning; these crops should begin to yield a regular timber income.
- There is also an area of maturing larch within the northern section of the property .
Within the woodland there are a number of buildings and outbuildings. These include:
- A mushroom growing building and office.
- A cabin/showroom for use in connection with the previous owner’s other businesses which includes research into wood fired heating and biomass drying technology.
- Various other sheds and shelters used in connection with the woodfuel and biodiesel business.
- A 1kw hydro electric generator and battery bank.
Inside the wood there are also areas of open ground containing a vegetable garden with a polytunnel, pig sheds, a number of small paddocks and two recently constructed wildlife ponds incorporating a hugelculture raised bed.