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1 Forestry Commission woodfuel objectives and activities in south east England Matthew Woodcock Programmes Manager

2 25 September Woodland cover Total Woodland Area > 270,000 ha (14%) Total Ancient Woodland > 131,000 ha (nearly half the woodlands of the SE and > 1/3 rd of England’s ancient woodland) ASNW: 87,000 ha, PAWS: 44,000 ha

3 25 September Protected Landscapes and the Public Forest Estate Public Forest Estate > 35,000 ha Produce 166,000m3 wood per year

4 25 September ETWF Delivery Plan aims: Sustainable Resource: To provide a resource of trees, woods and forests in places where they can contribute most in terms of environmental, economic and social benefits now and for future generations Climate Change: To ensure existing and newly planted trees, woods and forests are resilient to climate change and also contribute to the way in which biodiversity and natural resources adjust to a changing climate Natural Environment: To protect and enhance the environmental resources of water, soil, air, biodiversity and landscapes (both woodland and non-woodland) and the cultural and amenity values of trees and woodland. Quality of Life: To increase the contribution that trees, woods and forests make to the quality of life of those, living in, working in or visiting England Business and Markets: To improve the competitiveness of woodland businesses and promote the development of new or improved markets for sustainable woodland products and ecosystem services where this will deliver identifiable public benefits, nationally or locally, including the reduction of carbon emissions

5 25 September Great Higham Farm Converted to holiday accommodation and heat provided by woodfuelled district heating system Torry Hill Estate Former buildings converted into holiday lets, swimming pool built and all linked to district heating system Boiler ‘house’ located for ease of fuel delivery 350kW boiler with buffer tank to balance load and programmable computer control Fuel store located for ease of access; plenty of space adjacent to stack wood for drying and then chip directly into the hopper = minimises handling and maximises efficiency

6 25 September Forestry Commission delivery mechanisms Grants: English Woodland Grant Scheme Regulations: Felling & EIA Regulations Advice: via Woodland Officers Outreach: information, education, etc Public Forest Estate Market development

7 25 September Targeted Grants Major areas of interest: Woodland Planning Grant Woodland Improvement Grant to improve management access Woodland Creation Grant Woodland Regeneration Grant Value for money

8 25 September Learning from the experience gained in Finland and Austria Learning from others

9 25 September ‘Wood: Energy that grows on trees’ South East England Pilot South Downs National Park Kent Downs AONB Interventions: Developing Markets: Exemplars; M & E Capacity; Woodheat Esco’s; Installer capacity; Supply chain: Extend WO role; Optimise grants; Explore role of PFE and staff; Communications: The rural sector; The general public.


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