Another varied week in the life of an environmental advisor.
I am shortly stepping over Offa’s Dyke into the Welsh suburbs to assist the National Trust Renewable investment programme as heat specialist, and started the week at Upton House with the property team looking at renewable heating options. Now I know that most of you by now what a pipe follower I am, and that I like nothing more than wandering around boiler houses, but as you can see from the photograph Upton House is truly beautiful and well worth a visit.
Outcomes of the day – potential biomass system to replace the current oil heating; high heat heat pumps to provide heating and hot water to a holiday cottage; and a smaller scale biomass to supply key rep houses. A smorgasbord of opportunity and really enthusiastic staff.
Later on the week saw me down at Aberdulais Tinworks and waterfall to help with the delivery and installation of the new automated trash rack cleaner for the hydropower refurbishment.
Working within historic sites provides unique access challenges, but nothing that could not be overcome by lots of men standing around discussing how best to unload and carry the component parts to the top of the site. Closely followed by brute force and ignorance ( I was ignorance).
As you can see the best audits require much coffee as well as BLT sandwiches to keep us going.
This was a full audit of the Wales environmental management system, and will be followed up with property visits later in the month to look at processes in operation in the real world. So far though Barbara is still smiling so fingers crossed.
We are advertising for my backfill shortly to cover whilst I work with the REI programme team. If you are interested you can be sure the job offers a huge amount of variety, coffee and laughs. My favourite from this week being the trough which collects the leaves at the top of the trash rack – look closely and men amongst you will notice a certain resemblance to stainless steel urinal trough. What can I say but repeat Keith’s statement “nothing new under the sun”.