Wood to Energy
Wood fuel produced in sustainably managed forests is ‘replaced’ by the next crop of growing trees, which will reabsorb the same amount of carbon that is emitted by the current timber being burned. For this reason, unlike finite reserves of fossil fuel, sustainably managed woodland can produce an endlessly renewable source of energy.
Sustainable management of woodlands for wood fuel is good for wildlife, biodiversity and woodland health and vigour because the thinning, harvesting and coppicing of trees for wood fuel opens up the woodland floor to sunlight. This encourages a greater range of plants, animals and insects to flourish than if the woodland were left to become dense, dark and overgrown. Many of our woodlands are also certified to the United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) and, as such, meet the requirements of the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC).These standards ensure that woodland is managed sustainably and to the best environmental standards.
Fountains Forestry’s services include:
- Initial project scoping and feasibility studies for woodfuel projects
- Planning and supervision of harvesting operations
- Marketing of timber and biomass products
- Woodchip and log production
- Supply chain logistics
- Supply contract preparation and negotiation
- Capital grant applications and advice on other incentives
For information on grants, the Biomass Energy Centre holds a list of possible funding for projects on sustainable and renewable energy.