Community Supported Woodlands and Hedges – Woodfuel and other benefits from small woodlands and hedges
This toolkit suggests some approaches to develop a community woodlands group, locate a woodland or hedge, enter into an agreement with a landowner and manage the woodland or hedge appropriately and safely; and provides references to more detailed support and advice. These documents are for guidance only, please seek appropriate professional advice.
It is designed to be a living document, available on-line, supporting the ongoing development of a network of passionate champions, user groups and landowners and providing access to relevant information, tools and potential support services and specialists.
- Chapter 1 – Introduction to the toolkit
- Chapter 2 – What small woodlands and hedgerows can offer to communities
- Chapter 3 – The community group
- Chapter 4 -The small woodland or hedgerow(s) resource
- Chapter 5 – The Landowner
- Chapter 6 – Workday Practicalities
- Chapter 7 – Assessment and Identification Tools and Aids
- Chapter 8 – Hand and power tools and their management
- Chapter 9 – Building or buying-in skills and competencies
- Chapter 10 – Support Hub
- Chapter 11 – Authors’ contacts and tool-kit feedback
Woodfuel Toolkit for agents – hedge and small woodland biomass calculator
To enable a detailed, whole farm audit of the sustainable volume of fuel from hedges and small farm woodlands, that could be realised over a 15-year timeframe.
Easy Woodfuel Toolkits for landowners
These quick techniques simply involve the landowner tallying up which types of hedge and woodland occur on his/her land, as set out in a single sheet pictorial guides. This will generate a rough estimation of on-farm woody biomass and it should therefore be followed by a detailed inventory using the methodology above.
Farm Woodfuel Audit – Quick Appraisal
Hedges Woodfuel Audit – Quick Appraisal
Woodfuel Toolkit to help obtain more accurate quotations for wood boiler installation
To enable anyone considering the installation of a wood boiler to collate all the information necessary to obtain accurate quotations from woodfuel specialists. Successful wood fuel / biomass installations require careful site-specific assessment. It is not possible for a template to be a complete decision making tool, but it should increase the chances that quotations by wood fuel specialists are closer in price. It should enable specialists to advise customers whether a detailed site assessment should be completed.