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NG Bailey estate team create new opportunities from biomass bi-product

Environmentally-resourceful employees at a North Yorkshire estate have found a new outlet for a bi-product generated by NG Bailey’s growing biomass business.

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James Bush with animal litter

Denton Park Estate near Ilkley, which is owned and run by NG Bailey, is turning a bi-product from its biomass chip production into chicken litter – or bedding – for the UK’s poultry producers.

NG Bailey, one of the country’s largest privately-owned engineering, IT and facilities services businesses, is committed to providing low-carbon service solutions and reducing the energy-usage of its own estate.

James Bush, Denton Park Estate ventures manager, said: “Since launching our biomass business six years ago it has grown annually. Our clients range from individual households to universities, schools and local authorities.

“All the wood we use for making the biomass chip is sourced from sustainable forests within a 40 mile radius of the estate. However, despite it being a green fuel, there are a certain amount of bi-products produced from the quality control and screening processes.

“Because the trees used in the process are larch, spruce and pine, all have an element of natural sterility, we started investigating animal bedding as a way of re-using this bi-product.”

James added: “We are in the process of fine-tuning our production, and trials show we are creating a high-grade product from what is effectively a waste material.”

NG Bailey’s sustainability director, Cal Bailey, said: “As a company, we are fully committed to reducing our burden on the environment.

“Here we are maximising the output of every tonne of material processed by means of finding a use for what was effectively a waste in our production process.”

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