People make places great. We all have a stake in the towns, villages and communities of Kirklees.
The first stage of the project is to build greenhouses and heat them using an existing source of methane. Then to set up a community based workers co-operative to run the greenhouses as a commercial market garden. Dewsbury Country Park is a large park, built on an old waste disposal site. As such it has an existing system for collecting methane emissions, monitored and maintained by the Environment Agency. At present, the methane is piped to a central location in the park and burnt off. The carbon dioxide and heat at present all goes to waste. The idea is to capture a percentage of this to produce an efficient growing environment which will produce healthy food. The project will build on the work already done at Dewsbury Country Park and involve the co-operation of the existing ranger, employed by Kirklees Council. It will also engage with the local community, for example through Ravensthorpe Community Centre and the Residents Association and the Community Volunteer groups.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Positive outcomes include: 1) Producing healthy food. 2) Reducing heat wastage. 3) To a small extent, capturing some of the CO2 at present produced in growing plants in the greenhouses. 4) Creating jobs in an area that desperately needs more employment. 5) Providing a local resource that is open to community involvement. 6) Increasing community involvement in the Park.
Steps to get it done:
About the space
Near existing methane burner.