Confor South West region field day
11 May 2017
Visit to Lacewood Biomass, Doddiscombsleigh: “Diverse Estate Management with Biomass supply and demand options”
Lacewood Biomass is a family business owned by Charles Lacey at Whitemoor Farm on the edge of Doddiscomsleigh in the Teign Valley. The farm extends to some 113 hectares of poor quality grazing and was farmed as a dairy farm up until 1991 when Charles planted 40 hectares with mixed broadleaves under a Farm Woodland Scheme. Charles made the decision to plant much of the remaining land with mixed broadleaves over the ten year period to 2001.
With the majority of the trees now at first thinning stage Charles has invested in a Combined Heat and Power plant to serve his existing district heating scheme using pellets which he plans to manufacture on the farm.
Following a pasty lunch we will go straight into the woodland site visits for the afternoon to look at management options post Ash Dieback; squirrel and deer damage mitigation; whole tree harvesting for biomass; and, ground preparation using pigs.
N.B: Meeting notes with stop details and discussion points will be sent out to all those who register to attend using the attached form.