Wood for profit workshop invite

There is demand for woodfuel
There is demand for woodfuel

WOODLAND owners and managers are invited to a workshop on making money from woodfuel at West Linton early next month.

Forestry Commission Scotland and Borders Machinery Ring have organised the day at Baddingsgill for woodland owners, land managers and businesses in the Borders and Midlothian.

The workshop will draw on the experience of Gavin and Nick Marshall’s woodland managers and woodfuel suppliers company, Treeline Woodlands, based at Baddingsgill Farm, and highlight the practicalities of woodfuel production, supply and use.

Event organiser Virginia Harden Scott said: “Estate and farm woodlands are frequently seen as difficult and uneconomic to manage. However, managed well, they have the potential to provide new business opportunities to owners and deliver multiple benefits, including a sustainable fuel supply, valuable timber products and environmental services.

“When utilised for woodfuel, there is also the possibility of accessing financial support via the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme which supports renewable heat production and use.

“This event will be of interest to any woodland owner looking to diversify their business and anyone interested in the use of renewable wood-fuelled heating systems on farms or estates and in commercial business premises but as places are limited, early booking is essential.”

There will be a demonstration of small and medium- scale woodland management techniques, (including horse logging) firewood processing and a wood fuel boiler system and talks – topics include woodland management and creation, native woodland creation and Borders Machinery Ring’s “Promotion of Farm Woodland Management” project.

A case study of changing approaches to woodland management production at Baddinsgill Farm will also feature, as well as a question and answer session.

The event runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm and a full agenda and booking details are available at www.usewoodfuel.co.uk

For further information contact Virginia Harden Scott at virginia.harden@ruraldevelopment.org.uk or on 07919 263190 before Tuesday, October 29, to book a place.