Wood fuel meetings

THREE meetings are taking place across West Sussex this month promoting the local wood fuel industry.

Aimed at woodland owners, contractors and land agents, the meetings will explore how existing woodland can be managed, and look at planting crops for the energy market.

The meetings are taking place on:

Tonight, Tuesday February 7, at 7pm, in The Angel Hotel, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DN.

Thursday February 9, at 7pm, in The Red Lion, London Road, Ashington, RH20 3DD.

Wednesday February 15, at 7pm, in The Gardeners Arms, Selsfield Road, Ardingly, RH17 6TJ.

West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader Lionel Barnard, who has responsibility for the environment, said: “New Government incentives will mean wood fuel use will grow rapidly, and we want to ensure West Sussex landowners, contractors and land agents are fully prepared for this.

“Using wood from local woodlands for fuel is more environmentally friendly as it hasn’t been transported long distances, helps contribute to the local economy and supports wildlife through environmentally friendly wood management.”

The meetings will give a chance to meet others already involved in the wood fuel and biomass industries, and to find out more about the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Lionel added: “Those who come along to the meetings will also be able to hear how West Sussex County Council and the Forestry Commission are supporting the industry and we want to hear from them what else they feels needs to be done to support expansion in the sector.”

Places are free but need to be booked. To find out more or to book a place, contact 01243 382215 or e-mail andrew.tolfts@westsussex.gov.uk.