Woodfuel project launched at Birse

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Birse Community Trust has been awarded a grant of £11,650 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund for the Birse WoodFuel Initiative.

This project aims to to encourage more houses and other buildings to use wood from local forests for heating.

The project covers the whole of the parish of Birse, which includes the communities of Finzean, Birse and Ballogie and will be run from now until April 2012.

The project has two main parts: - the first will establish the types of fuels currently used in local houses, community buildings and business premises and will then provide information and assistance if people are interested in converting to woodfuel. The second part will explore how to make firewood and woodchips available for local use from the three forests that BCT manages on behalf of the community.

The project will be launched with a public meeting in Finzean Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday (May 25), to which everyone in Birse is invited.

At the meeting, local biomass development officer for the Forestry Commission, Ian Cowe, will talk about all aspects of using woodfuel for heating and there will be an opportunity to discuss the issues.

Following the public meeting, every household in Birse parish will be sent a leaflet and questionnaire and will have the opportunity to express interest in learning more about the potential of wood fuel for them.

Discussions will also be held with local businesses and users of community buildings – like village halls and churches - to explore their potential for using woodfuel.

Project manager John Forster said “Because much of the heating in the Paprish is met by oil and electricity, there is a big opportunity to reduce costs and CO2 emissions by switching to woodfuel, which is readily available from BCT’s community woodlands.” He said that with the newly-launched Renewable Heating Incentive there was potential for considerable financial support for installing woodfuel heating systems.

For more information, call John on (01330) 850636 or e-mail: john@dalsack.org