Wood Processing Grant Programme

This Project stimulates the creation & expansion of a network of up to 20 wood-fuel & timber processing hubs located in rural areas across EM3 area

Project Description

The Enterprise M3 Wood Fuel Hub project will support the creation and expansion of a network of up to 20 wood fuel and timber processing hubs. These hubs will utilise timber from currently under managed woodlands in the Enterprise M3 area, and arboricultural and horticultural arisings which currently go to landfill. Products from the hubs will include biomass fuels (chip, logs) and timber for use in construction. Both offer opportunities for low carbon solutions for existing and future needs, providing alternatives to energy intensive products. Investments will be made through a number of projects which will be identified and grant aid provided through a competitive delegated grant programme. Hubs will vary in size from small local units to fully integrated sites servicing regional markets. The project will cover the entire Enterprise M3 area, however the focus of the support will be on locations which are off mains gas, close to significant clusters of under managed woodland and within proximity of new settlements (including Growth and Step-Up Towns) where district heating schemes represent low carbon options for developers.

Key Outputs

Additional 50,000 m3 into woodfuel markets Number of new jobs 158 (55 direct, 103 indirect) Number of safeguarded jobs 28 Number of new business starts 2 (estimate) £3m secured from private investment Delivers 3 ‘macro’ hubs and a mixture of up to 17 ‘mini’ and ‘micro’ hubs.
Growth Deal Amount: 
£2 million
Total Project Cost: 
£5 million
Project Date: 
Thu, 09/01/2016 to Sat, 03/31/2018
Scheme Promoter: 
Surrey County Council
Project Status: 
Current