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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.


Compost Heat Recovery

To enable the sustainable expansion of a National Park based tree surgery business this innovative project intends to use a Compost Heat Recovery system to provide an environmentally friendly source of heat for a kiln to dry firewood.  Virgin timber woodchip arising from tree surgery operations that cannot be dried and used as firewood will be composted in a specially constructed composting area incorporating a patented compost aeration and heat recovery system. Renewable thermal energy captured as moist hot compost vapour is run through specialised heat exchangers where water is heated and condensate water is reclaimed. Aeration exhaust or pre-heated air can be automatically sent back into the compost for moisture and energy optimisation. The hot water produced will run through and heat the kiln where split green timber will be dried to a 15% moisture content within 2-4 weeks. Once the compost mound stops producing heat for the kiln it can be sold for compost. In addition to the environmental benefits from using a renewable source of energy to heat the kiln, the project will also secure a sustainable local business, future employment and training opportunities and ongoing sustainable woodland management protecting habitats and wildlife.

Project Total Cost: £59,479.00

Grant Awarded: £29,929.00