Community Heat Workshop in Oxfordshire

Considering biomass projects with the National Trust

2 September 2013

CSE had a great day at the National Trust’s Community Heat Workshop at Coleshill in Oxfordshire – one of their original Low Carbon Villages. The event brought together the National Trust, community group members, farmers, environmental consultants and wildlife groups, amongst others.

Harriet White from CSE helped run the day. She says: "We got to hear about how the National Trust is exploring the potential of biomass for heating their properties, including some case studies of already-installed biomass boilers. We heard from Ben Dodd about a couple of exciting woodheat cooperatives – one that is up and running (Woolhope Woodheat), and another which is currently being developed (John Cleveland College Community Woodheat)."

"In CSE's workshop, we explored the National Heat Map, and dug into our PlanLoCaL resources to demonstrate how these can support community groups in setting up renewable energy projects (including biomass) in their area. In the afternoon we got to look at the on-site biomass boiler, and walk through their woodland to hear about their woodland management practices.

"It was a really great day! It demonstrated the benefit of community involvement in biomass projects, how biomass boilers are a great visitor attraction (especially for school kids), and of the importance of sustainable woodland management in underpinning any biomass energy scheme."


Couldn't make it to the workshop? Have a look at all our resources on community renewable energy projects, including biomass boilers, at www.planlocal.org.uk - including this video case study:

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