South Lanarkshire Rural Development Trust received £4,800 to undertake a Rural South Lanarkshire Woodfuel Feasibility Study into the scope for woodlands in the area to supply woodfuel for heat and energy. The study has identified the volume of wood available locally and the current and near future demand for biomass, mainly in public sector developments. The study highlighted a number of small woodlands on farms with potential to supply wood but which were too small to be managed currently on a profitable basis. Next steps include the development of a LEADER application to establish a small-scale woodfuel supply business, which could develop over time as it wins contracts, and the investigation of using small log burners to supply heat to smaller premises using mobile workers who will travel daily to feed and maintain the burners thereby also creating a local employment opportunity.
|2010||CSGN Development Fund||4,800|