Greener fuel on your doorstep
Farnley Estates is producing one of the most fashionable renewable energy sources available. For the Estate, however, it’s technology that’s been around for hundreds of years – wooden logs.
Wood, or biomass as it’s often called, is becoming increasingly popular as a renewable energy source. After all, new trees can be planted to replace those felled for fuel, and as the new trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) created when wood burns.
This renewable source of energy is not without its critics, and has been blamed for deforestation in parts of the world. Yet, Farnley Estates argues that their wooden logs are more environmentally-friendly than most. And with the recent report from the UN’s climate panel stating that they’re almost certain that humans are to blame for recent global warming, it’s good news for local people, who want to be more environmentally responsible, when it comes to fuel.
“We have 400 acres of woodland, which includes ancient woodland dating back to the reign of Henry VIII. The trees are different ages and the logs we sell are from felling the dead and dying trees that have come to the end of their natural life. All profits from our log sales go towards the 4,000 new trees we plant each year, which helps to ensure that our ancient woodlands will be around for another 500 years,” said Paul Sykes, Director Farnley Estates.
“As we only sell to local people, there are very few ‘carbon miles’ associated with the logs too,” adds Paul.
And let’s face it. As well as being a sustainable source of energy, you can’t beat the smell of a real log fire.