Demo’ days to highlight woodfuel’s green and economic credentials.

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1 JUNE 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15482

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Three demonstration events being held in June will promote woodfuel as a sustainable and low cost form of renewable energy – and help woodland owners and managers explore the option of entering the woodfuel supply market.

Open to the public as well as business interests and Woodfuel Forum (2) members,  the events (in Forfar and in south Scotland) are supported by Forestry Commission Scotland and are part of the ongoing work to deliver the Scottish Government’s Renewable Action Plan.(3)

The Fife event on the Inshewan Estate, Forfar (20th June 2012) will specifically look at low impact silviculture techniques that could improve the woodfuel production potential of small, difficult to access and environmentally sensitive blocks of forestry on farms and estates.

As well as demonstrating the techniques and looking at the practicalities and economics of adopting them, this event will highlight how low impact silviculture could help expand the woodfuel supply chain in Scotland. It will also look at the use of log boilers for renewable heat production.

The other two events - at Woodend Farm, Duns (26th June, 2012) and at Raehills, St Anns, Lockerbie (28 June 2012) - will be biomass and farm woodland management demonstrations that will highlight how best to realise the economic and environmental benefits associated with the use and production of woodfuel as a source of renewable heat.

Topics covered will include biomass heating installations; the production of woodfuel; woodfuel supply chain equipment, capital finance and planning of woodfuel systems and how to boost the commercial value of woodlands by producing a sustainable source of woodfuel alongside high quality broadleaf timber.

The Duns event has been organised in association with Borders Machinery Ring.

• 20th June 2012: BIONES Low Impact Silviculture Demonstration
• 26th June, 2012: Borders Woodfuel Forum-Biomass and Farm Woodland Management Demonstration.
• 28th June 2012 : Dumfries and Galloway Woodfuel Forum-Biomass and Farm Woodland Management Demonstration.

For full details and information on how to book for these events please go to and click on News, Events & Woodfuel Forums on the home page.

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate.

2) The current heat target is to source 11% of demand from renewable sources by 2020.  Woodfuel is expected to play an important role in meeting that target.
3) The Commission also supports a network of seven regional Woodfuel Forums and a dedicated woodfuel website,, to help Scottish businesses and communities enter the woodfuel supply chain and adopt woodfuel technology.