About Us

 

Lower Park Farm Co-operative has been established through the efforts of a small, committed group of like-minded people to enable the development of an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility on Lower Park Farm, Rossett.

 

Like all organic waste materials, farm animal slurry still contains a huge amount of energy. This energy can be extracted in the form of methane gas in an anaerobic digester. This energy is free, sustainable, and green.

 

 

 

 

Lower Park Farm Co-operative Directors

 

The initial board comprises:

Richard Tomlinson

Co-owner of Lower Park Farm

Sadie Tomlinson

Wife to Richard and co-owner of Lower Park Farm

Robert Hodgkinson

Owner of Tyn-y-coed Farm, Northop

George Tomlinson

Son of Richard and Sadie and next in line to take responsibility for the running of Lower Park Farm

Together with their associates, the Lower Park Farm Co-operative Directors bring together a wealth of skills and experience in the sectors of renewable energy, engineering, agriculture, social enterprise and funding. They share a commitment to creating a project that delivers social, environmental and financial benefits to the community for decades to come.

 

Additional Board members will be sought from the Co-operative’s membership. The Co-operative Board members give their services free of charge.

 

 

How AD works

 

The AD process provides the perfect environment for the micro-organisms (which naturally occur in animal slurry) to convert energy into methane gas. The gas is captured and stored prior to being burnt through a biogas engine to produce electricity and heat. The material left over after the digestion process is termed ‘digestate’. This can be separated into liquid and solid forms, both of which are valuable nutrient-rich natural fertilisers.

 

The Holt-based company Fre-energy will supply its award-winning Anaerobic Digester (AD) for the project at Lower Park Farm. The company’s unique technology, for which it holds a number of world patents, is the first in the world to be able to continuously process wastes which contain grit, sand and soil, making it ideal for application in a farm environment.

 

Fre-energy’s AD plant at Lodge Farm, Holt, has been producing energy by processing around 25-30 tonnes of farm slurry and 6 tonnes of chicken litter 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, since 2009. The digester has the capability to be fed solely on animal slurry, manure, and litter. These feedstocks are freely available on the farm, and so no additional feedstocks are required to be grown or purchased. Consequently, Fre-energy AD plants provide a significantly higher financial return than other digesters.

 

This plant has provided long-term evidence of the reliability and efficiency of the Fre-energy technology, and also the amount of energy and thus income generated by the plant. It is this AD plant on which Lower Park Farm Co-operative’s financial model has been based.

 

 

 

 

For a more detailed explanation of the AD process and of Fre-energy’s award winning technology, please visit the company’s website at  www.fre-energy.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

Site plan of the AD plant at Lower Park Farm

 

 

 

 

 

COWS-Hub Ltd 

 

COWS-Hub has been established as a management services company to facilitate the set-up and administration of this and future
Co-operatives. The purpose of these Co-operatives is to fund AD projects for the benefit of all concerned, as well as the local environment.

 

Fact: If the remainder of the 21st century unfolds like its first decade, we will soon experience climate extremes well outside the boundaries of human experience, ever since agriculture was first developed. (Source: International Panel for Climate Change).

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Copyright 2015. Lower Park Farm Co-operative Ltd

Lower Park Farm Co-operative Ltd,
c/o COWS-Hub Ltd, Lodge Farm, Commonwood, Holt, Wrexham, LL13 9TE.

 

 

Investors should remember that the value of an investment and the income received from an investment can go down, and they may not get back the amount they invested. Investors should ensure that they fully understand the nature of the shares on offer and the potential risks relevant to them. If necessary, Investors should seek independent financial advice before investing. The offered shares are not protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Investors do not have recourse to the Financial Ombudsman Service.