Managing Woods for Woodfuel - post Chalara


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Presentation given at the CLA's Woodfuel Conference at Doddington Hall on Wednesday 30 October by Mike Seville, CLA Forestry and Woodlands Adviser.

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Managing Woods for Woodfuel - post Chalara

  1. 1. Managing Woods for Woodfuel – post Chalara Mike Seville Forestry and Woodlands Adviser Country Land and Business Association
  2. 2. Using wood for heating has become increasingly popular
  3. 3. By the end of January, since the launch of the RHI 560 boilers, with a total capacity of 123 megawatts have been installed in England boilers Number of biomass boilers supported by RHI in England and Britain 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 31-Jul- 31-Aug- 30-Sep- 31-Oct- 30- 31-Dec12 12 12 12 Nov-12 12 Many on rural estates; and many more are planned. England Britain
  4. 4. However we also now have Chalara
  5. 5. Woodfuel can provide a valuable market for your timber
  6. 6. An opportunity to manage your woodland and improve it’s profitability
  7. 7. And create woods that are both beautiful and valuable
  8. 8. What Have You Got? Subcompartment Name Area Planting Year Species Species details Comments 1a Fir Plantation 4.00 1900 MB Oak, Ash 1b Fir Plantation 3.00 1979 MB/MC Oak,Ash SP,EL EL poor 2 Harpley Belt 3.60 1945 MB Oak, SC Good quality Oak 3a Bunkers Hill 8.10 1956 MC/MB SP, Be SP80% Be 20% 3b Bunkers Hill 2.10 1960 MB Be, Ash
  9. 9. What can your woods produce? • Scots pine YC 10 will produce approximately 6 tonnes per hectare per year. • Ash, sycamore or birch YC 8 will produce approximately 5 tonnes per hectare per year. • Generally you would thin your woods every five years.
  10. 10. What Are Your Objectives? • • • • • Providing woodfuel for own use Growing quality timber for profit Shooting Some where nice to walk Wildlife habitat
  11. 11. Can you supply your needs? • If you can, great! • If you can’t then you can buy in round wood. • If you have too much then you can sell some. • Sometimes it may make sense to come to an arrangement with your neighbours to even out supply.
  12. 12. Planning • Prepare a Management Plan • Are there any designations? • Carry out a European Protected Species Survey • Get a felling licence. • Enter an England Woodland Grant Scheme. • Take good advice.
  13. 13. Thinning • Marking the thinning is the most important job in woodland management. • The man (or woman) who marks the tree makes the wood. • The worst comes first the best remains. • Never let the buyer or the harvesting contractor mark the wood. • Don’t be afraid of big machines.
  14. 14. Harvester working in young mixed woodland
  15. 15. Costings • Costs will vary • Harvesting to roadside should cost between £18 per tonne for a harvester and • £28 per tonne for motor manual. • You will have to pay extra to get the timber to the drying and chipping site.
  16. 16. Logistics • Handle the timber as infrequently as possible. • Every time you move it, it costs you money. • Cut the right size for the chipper. • Stack it tidily on hard airy site. • Keep it clean. • Be professional; you are producing a high quality fuel.
  17. 17. Stack it tidily on a hard airy site
  18. 18. Chalara – What does it mean for future woodland management ?
  19. 19. • • • • • • • • Better deer management More diversity of: Species Structure Age class No more coppicing of ash No more Ash? More forward planning