Farm woodland management and woodfuel demonstration

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1 MAY 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16262

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Finding out how to make the best use of farm and estate woodlands is the focus of an event being staged next month (Tuesday 27 May 2014).

A ‘farm woodland management and woodfuel demonstration day’ is being held at Hopetoun Estate to illustrate to woodland owners and managers the range of benefits that well managed woodland can potentially deliver.

Virginia Harden Scott, Project Manager with RDI Ltd, who is organising the event, said:

“Well-managed woodlands have the potential to increase business diversification opportunities and to contribute towards the environmental value of a business. 

“Alongside more traditional timber products and environmental services woodlands can also be managed to generate additional income through the  production of woodfuel and this can potentially make overall woodland management more economically attractive.  In generating renewable heat from the woodfuel produced, you can also benefit financially from the Renewable Heat Incentive.

“Seizing the opportunities that woodlands present and maximising their economic and environmental value involves using the right expertise and equipment to plan, fell, extract and market timber.

“With thanks to Hopetoun Estate and Smiths Gore, this FREE event will offer owners and managers guidance, advice and opportunities to discuss how to make the most out of their woodlands and how to benefit from the significant opportunities represented by woodfuel.” 

Drawing on the specific experience gained by Hopetoun Estate, the event will highlight the practical steps taken in the production, supply and use of woodfuel and discuss the difference woodfuel has made to overall woodland management on the Estate. 

The event will include a range of practical woodland management and woodfuel processing demonstrations, including small to medium woodland management equipment, mobile sawmilling, firewood processing and wood chipping. There will also be an opportunity to view the existing wood fuelled district heating system and woodfuel storage facilities at Hopetoun Estate.

Numbers are limited, so early booking – via or – is highly recommended.

The deadline for booking is 20 May 2014

The event is Free to attend and open to all. The day runs from 9.30 until 3.30 and includes lunch.
Notes to Editors
1. The event has been organised by Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) in association with Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership. RDI provides support to the Central Scotland Woodfuel Forum on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.