Interested in growing woody energy crops? Attend the Rokwood training course

Interested in growing woody energy crops to provide fuel for local heat supply or your own use?

Then this free one-day workshop is for you.

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Location: Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester DT2 8PY

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015 (10 am – 3.30 pm)

Lunch provided

This free workshop will focus on the use of woody energy crops grown in short rotation plantations to provide fuel for major heat users such as multi-building estates and large off-gas properties.

The day will feature presentations on growing short rotation coppice and short rotation forestry, plus examples of best practice.

Speakers include: Mike Pearson, Principal of Gurteen College, Tipperary; a representative of the Forestry Commission and Kevin Lindegaard from Rokwood.

There will also be the opportunity to be shown around Kingston Maurward’s impressive 3-hectare willow plantation, planted in 2008 which is due for its second harvest.

Who should attend?
This free event is aimed at farmers, land managers and owners of large off-gas properties. We would also like to invite policy makers, local authority representatives and agricultural students.

Why should you attend?

  • Demand for biomass heating is increasing
  • Incentives (such as the Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs) are being reduced
  • Growing your own fuel insulates against future price rises
  • Learn from best practice elsewhere

Programme (Times may vary):

10.00-10.30 Registration and coffee
10.30-10.40 Welcome (Kevin Lindegaard, C4E)
10.40-11.05 Intro to Rokwood and outputs (Martin Holley, CSE)
11.05-11.30 SRC – production and use (Kevin Lindegaard)
11.30-12.00 SRF production and use (Forestry Commission representative TBC)
12.00-13.00 Visit to SRC plantation (Hosted by David Cotterell KMC)
13.00-13.45 Lunch
13.45-14.15 Case study 1 – Gurteen College (Mike Pearson)
14.15-14.45 Case study 2 – Beuchte Energy Village (Pete West, Dorset CC)
14.45-15.15 Case study 3 – Berkshire College of Agriculture (Kevin Lindegaard)
15.15-15.30 Final questions and discussion
15.30 Tea and close of seminar

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This event is free to attend but you must register in order to secure your place.

Call Annette Lamley on 0117 934 1415 or e-mail:

Rokwood promotes dialogue between biomass research, industry, policy and business in order to fulfil the potential of sustainably produced woody crops like willow. It is funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme and involves 20 partner organisations from Germany, Spain, Ireland, Poland, Sweden and UK, plus the European Biomass Association. The UK’s input is focussed on the South West and is coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Crops for Energy Ltd and Dorset County Council.