Woodland – fuel for thought

01/03/12 0 COMMENTS

Woodfuel is a byproduct of growing timber – this was the key take home message from a demonstration event, hosted at the Whitfield Estate, Wormbridge.

More than 20 farmers and landowners were given a practical tour of “The Big Wood” showing the opportunities of coppicing, regeneration, pure oak stands and thinning, while discussing the commercial markets, usage and returns.

All woodland management involves assessing the woodland and the “suite of opportunities” available; woodfuel is just one of those opportunities.

The order of importance of these opportunities will depend on the priorities of the woodland owner. However according to Graham Taylor of Pryor and Rickett Silviculture, woodfuel should not be a priority – “to manage woodland specifically for woodfuel, would be for the tail to wag the dog.”

Nick Maskery – of Heartwoods described the process of producing a “woodland inventory,” which would be followed by a full “woodland management plan.” Once both these are in place long term objectives are in place and the option to apply for grant funding, from replanting to capital investment becomes live.

Land agent for the Whitfield Estate, William Shuttleworth of Balfours with Berringtons, who were joint sponsors of the event, told how the estate has utilised woodfuel to provide sustainable energy for the estate, through woodchip and biomass burners. He explained: “The lead in time is one of the most critical factors in providing dry wood to ensure maximum efficiency in the burning process.”

Pictured: Wood chip processing is seen behind, from left, Nick Salt, of the Forestry Commission; William Shuttleworth of Balfours with Berringtons; Graham Taylor of Pryor Ricketts Silviculture and Nick Maskery of Heartwoods.

Pictured: Wood chip processing is seen behind, from left, Nick Salt, of the Forestry Commission; William Shuttleworth of Balfours with Berringtons; Graham Taylor of Pryor Ricketts Silviculture and Nick Maskery of Heartwoods.

Issued by Joy Fox Pr

 

Currently there are no comments related to this article. You have a special honor to be the first commenter. Thanks!

Leave a Reply