Wood fuel from hedges
Trees and shrubs in hedges can provide wood for burning, as well as timber and material for crafts. In the past, when a hedge was layed or coppiced, little was wasted. Now, nearly everything, even larger timber, is burnt in bonfires on site, and the energy and nutrients wasted. As a renewable energy resource, wood fuel is an increasingly attaractive prospect. Different tree species have differing potential energy outputs.
Wood fuel can be provided for modern heating systems as logs, pellets or wood chips. Low quality wood, which may contain metal etc., is probably better used as logs. Wood chips and pellets are being sourced from biomass crops, woodland, arboricultural arisings and also from hedges. The links below provide information on wood energy, heating syestems etc.
Forestry Commission. Go to "Use wood for energy" page: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestry.nsf/byunique/infd-7m8g28
South West Wood Shed: http://www.southwestwoodshed.co.uk/static/
Biomass Energy Centre: http://www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk/portal/page?_pageid=73,1&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Forest Fuels: http://www.forestfuels.co.uk/index.php
Hedgelink: information on Fuel Supply: http://hedgelink.org.uk/index.php?id=8#Fuel_supply_6
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