This proposal aims to develop a new horticultural product, which would be commercially attractive to a growing and diverse market. It will use silt, mixed with other materials to develop a form of compost whose attraction is that it is based on waste products and does not cause environmental damage. Using the example of Cardiff, where a city centre lake is being unfilled by silt, causing a problem which is expensive to premeditate, we aim to
- Develop silt traps to remove the silt before it becomes a problem
- Determine cost effective ways of transporting the material
- Assess the additives to be included with the silt
- Review packaging options
- Determine marketing requirements, market trends and competitor products
- Assess potential costs, prices, outgoings and income. The research will demonstrate that the product can be developed successfully and sold commercially to farmers, local authorities and the domestic gardening market. The SME co-ordinator is based in Cardiff, and has teamed up with a company from Finland who are currently expanding their product range to include horticultural products from sustainable sources.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards