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Under-managed farm woodlands are a haven of hidden opportunities – that’s the message behind a demonstration day at Falkland Estate later this month (Thursday 24 March).
Organised by Falkland Estate Trust and facilitated by Forestry Commission Scotland and the Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers, the event aims to highlight how being brought into effective management can make farm or small estate woodlands a source of low cost heating fuel or a new revenue stream.
Tom Davies (Biomass development officer) from the Commission, said:
“Under-managed woodland is really just a wasted resource and a wasted opportunity.
“Some people are unsure what to do with their woodland but with simple management, they can be made to work for you. If you switch to a biomass heating system in your own premises, then a managed woodland can become your own fuel supply. It could also be the basis of a new business supplying woodfuel to other people.
“One route will save you money, particularly as oil and LPG prices rise, the other will make you money…and there’s the added potential for this all to create employment opportunities within rural communities.
“The demand for woodfuel is increasing and there is always a demand for high quality hardwood timber. Learning good woodland management techniques is essential to realising the value locked away in under-managed farm woodlands."
Starting at 9.30 the event will run until 4.00pm and will include presentations on woodfuel, the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive), business and machinery options, and will include a tour through the estate.
The tour will highlight the management and value of broadleaves and conifers and include thinning and sawmilling machine demonstrations.
For more information and to book a place on this event contact Gillian Mackenzie on (01738) 442 830 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The event is free but space is limited so book early to guarantee a place.
For more information about all things woodfuel, visit www.usewoodfuel.co.uk
Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 660,000 hectare national forest estate. Climate change is the biggest threat facing the planet and Scottish forestry is playing its part in helping tackle climate change. With trees naturally locking up carbon, they have a significant role in reducing the affects of climate change. The use of wood as a fuel will also help reduce harmful greenhouse emissions and the Commission is working hard to promote woodfuel developments across the country. Forestry Commission Scotland is continuing to protect, manage and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands in a way which helps in the fight against climate change. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2) Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507.
1) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a’ riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland