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Woodfuel Event; Airth Castle, Falkirk

9th August

A FREE event to help hard pressed businesses save cash and cut their carbon footprints by using local firewood takes place near Falkirk on the 9th August 2012.


Hotel owners, farmers, tourism businesses and anyone else keen to explore the incentives and cutting edge technology for burning wood are invited to the information evening at Airth Castle Hotel. The event is being organised by the Central Scotland Woodfuel Forum.


Until the 20th century, firewood was the most common source of fuel used by Scottish farms, hostelries and homes for heating and cooking. As oil central heating ushered in a new era of convenience, the use of firewood declined, and on many farms trees were removed or left unmanaged.


However soaring prices of high carbon heating fuels such as coal and kerosene and huge advances in wood burning technology have recently triggered a steep rise in demand for woodfuel. Sales of wood burning stoves have rocketed and firewood merchants across the country are struggling to keep up with the explosion in demand for logs to fuel them.


Meanwhile, as the drive to cut carbon emissions gathers pace and oil prices rise, biomass boilers are rapidly gaining recognition as a practical, efficient way of heating homes and businesses.

Dan Gates, from the wood heating specialists Uaine Limited, chairs the Central Scotland Woodfuel Forum and will be the keynote speaker at the free seminar on 9 August from 6 - 8 pm.

Mr Gates draws on eight years’ experience in the biomass industry in asserting that the time is ripe for bringing woods into management for fuel.

The Airth Castle event is the second in a series of five free seminars being held across southern Scotland over the course of the summer.


Similar events will be held at Falkland Estate on Fife on 23 August; Whitmuir near Selkirk on 6 September and Dunbar on 20 September.


Keith Wishart, Forestry Commission Scotland Conservator for Central Scotland said: "For farmers, developing their own woodfuel supply from under managed woodlands could be very beneficial. Trees can turn an unproductive area of land to a productive one. "


“Developing their own woodfuel supply can be an opportunity for farmers to both to save money in fuel costs and to develop a new income stream from sales of woodfuel."


To book your place at the seminar or for details of future events contact Amanda Calvert on 07956622452 e-mail acres@amandacalvert.co.uk . For more information on woodfuel as a source of renewable energy www.usewoodfuel.co.uk


 
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