Local Social Enterprise
Gower Regeneration has a close relationship with the Gower Heritage Centre. Over its lifetime, Park Mill has been an important focal point for the community and it was adapted for different uses: sawing timber for construction, grinding wheat for bread-making during WW2. Today the centre built around it is a hub for enterprise, small businesses and artisans. It will be an important resource for the community benefit society, transforming income from electricity sales into projects hosted there.
The onsite woodland also offers a host of possibilities - potentially a wood cooperative, providing sustainable, carbon-neutral fuel for local households, or a wood-fired boiler for the nearby school. Burning wood releases the same amount of carbon dioxide that the tree absorbs while it is growing. This means that if processing and transportation can be done in ways which minimise CO2 production, wood can be a carbon-neutral fuel.