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The National Park Authority administers Sustainable Development Fund grants in Pembrokeshire. To read summary details of the projects supported by the fund, choose a project title from the list below.


Biomass Firewood Kiln

This project involves the construction of a firewood kiln that will be fuelled by biomass. It will assist a tree surgery business based in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to expand their existing business sustainably and create additional employment and training opportunities. The kiln will be constructed from a super insulated shipping container with an electric ventilation/humidity/temperature control system. The heat source will be underfloor heating supplied by solar thermal energy and a biomass boiler. The tree working activities will provide a sustainable local base material which will be sold on as kiln dried firewood. During the processing of the firewood, a large amount of waste material (not suitable to be sold on) is also produced and this will be used to fuel the kiln. A bespoke racking and stacking system will be used to dry the woodchip from the tree surgery operations. Benefits of kiln drying timber include:-

  • No requirement for a large storage shed as the timber can be processed and seasoned in a matter of days to provide a ‘made to order service’

  • Fuel produced as and when required

  • Moisture content below 12% (unachievable from air drying timber) giving a superior more efficient fuel

Lasting impacts of the project will be a sustainable local business, employment and sustainable woodland management that will protect habitats and biodiversity.

Project Total Cost: £27,720.00

Grant Awarded: £11,760.00