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1 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Matthew Woodcock Forestry Commission England Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March 2011 Situation in South East England at start of project

2 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Situation in South East England 3 years ago

3 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Kents Downs High Weald Chilterns Surrey Hills Cotswolds North Wessex Downs South Downs National Park Chichester Harbour Isle of Wight New Forest National Park Cranborne Chase and West Wilts Downs Woodlands Forestry Commission managed Woodlands Woodland area: > 270,000 hectares > 140,000 ha of ancient woodland > 35,000 ha managed by the Forestry Commission Lots of existing woodland

4 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Comparison to rest of England RegionWoodland Area% Woodland Cover % of Englands total woodland South East270, South West212, East England139, North East103, West Midlands99, North West96, Yorkshire & the Humber 92, East Midlands80, London6, TOTAL1,097,

5 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Major species in SE England: Oak Ash Birch Beech Sycamore Sweet chestnut Poplar > 44,000 ha (16%) > 26,000 ha (10%) > 25,000 ha (9%) > 23,000 ha (8%) > 5,900 ha (2%) > 18,000 ha (2%) > 1,900 ha (>1%) Scots pine > 23,000 ha (8%) Corsican pine> 6,000 ha (2%) Norway spruce> 5,000 ha (1.8%) Larch> 4,500 ha (1.7%) Douglas fir> 3,800 ha (1.4%) Note: this adds to just > 50% so lots of mixed woods! Total broadleaf> 219,000 ha (81%)Total conifer > 51,000 ha (<19%) Note: all figures drawn from NIWT (National Inventory of Woodland and Trees published in NIWT 2 will shortly be available to update these figures. Sweet chestnut coppice figures drawn from FC Bulletin 64 (published 1987) Existing production: From 35,000 ha (40% conifer/60% broadleaves) the FC is harvest about 160,000m3 per year (approx 80% conifer) Estimate similar amount is harvested from the other 235,000 ha (15% conifer/85% broadleaves). Of these woods less than a third (by area) are subject to a grant scheme or felling licence

6 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Whats the potential? Traditional broadleaved trees like beech and oak can grow at 4m 3 per ha per year Conifers like Scots pine can grow at > 8m 3 per ha per year Traditional coppice species like sweet chestnut and ash can grow at > 6m 3 per ha per year

7 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Potential for production: 270,000 ha All could grow at > 4m 3 per ha per year = > 1,000,000 m 3 per year Salvage harvest after ice storm in Sweden HALF THIS!

8 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March How much heat is this? 1 cubic metre of wood at 30% moisture content will provide > 2,000kWhrs heat So 500,000m 3 of wood could provide > 1,000,000,000 kWhrs An average home uses about 15,000kWhrs yr So in South East England we could heat > 60,000 homes

9 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March South East England Woodfuel Strategy suggested targets by County CountyWoodland Area (hectares) % Woodland cover FC holding (Hectares) % of woodland cover Non FC holding (hectares) Woodfuel Strategy target by % non FC woodland area (m 3 /yr) Woodfuel Strategy Suggested County Target (m 3 /yr) Berkshire18, ,86438,10335,000 Buckinghamshire17, , ,82033,74333,000 Oxfordshire18, ,60637,55335,000 Surrey37, , ,97676,73570,000 Hampshire66, , ,80399,828105,000 Isle of Wight4,549121, ,4037,2587,000 West Sussex37, , ,71871,91970,000 East Sussex29, , ,28158,18955,000 Kent39, , ,94776,67390, , ,668234,418500,000

10 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Lots of it undermanaged : Didcot Power Station

11 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March West Dean - Village scale heat:

12 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March West Dean

13 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Great Higham Farm Converted to holiday accommodation and heat provided by woodfuelled district heating system On the farm 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

14 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Hoathly Hill Community Residential community of 27 homes and about 70 people Heating originally by Calor gas Set up their own woodfuelled district heating system in 2007 See their Blog:

15 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Lessons learnt by the community Invest in efficiency works first Invest in other renewables together e.g. electricity Beware of in-experienced M&E consultants Much cheaper for new build than retrofit Try to get more capital in up-front to reduce loan costs Insist on good post-commissioning support It will take a year bed-in, fine-tune and learn

16 Sponsored by: Key Stakeholders Workshop 9-10 March Thank you


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