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Opportunities for using wood as fuel in The National Forest

Tuesday, 27th September 2016

The National Forest Company (NFC) has commissioned a survey into the interest and opportunities for using and supplying wood as a fuel in The National Forest.

As The National Forest reaches its 25thyear, many of the hundreds of growing woodlands are approaching ‘first thinnings’, that is, when the woodland reaches a point when the trees are beginning to overshadow each other, and the poorer trees need to be removed to let the stronger, straighter trees thrive.

The National Forest Company has appointed chartered forester Martin Glynn and Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), based in Ripon, North Yorkshire, to produce a study on the opportunities for wood fuel in The National Forest. As part of this work, they will carry out a survey of landowners and home and business owners in the Forest on their views on using wood fuel to heat and possibly provide electricity for their property and/or business.

Martin Glynn said; “Wood fuel is an ideal use for the thinnings coming from woodlands established in The National Forest in the last 25 years, and helps to support the management necessary to ensure wildlife, recreation and businesses can all thrive.”

Simon West, Head of Forestry for the NFC, said: “We’ve commissioned this survey both to support landowners in the Forest who have planted trees with us over the last two decades, and to assess the interest from businesses and households for heating their premises with wood as logs, chips or pellets, or with electricity produced by wood fuel.”

If you live or have business premises within the 200 square miles of The National Forest, you are invited to contribute to the study and share your views on the convenience, desirability and interest in using the various forms of wood fuel. RDI will be contacting landowners, businesses and homeowners over the next few weeks and would be delighted to hear from you. 

If you would like further information, please contact Martin Glynn on 01765 650149 or Will Richardson at RDI on 01765 609 355.