This kit allows you to plant up 1/4 acre of land as an intensive coppice for maximum wood fuel production.
The yield from your field.
A Well managed coppiced willow bed will produce between 0.5 and 1.5 kg of dry wood per sett per year. An acre field will give you around 5-6 tonnes of burnable wood chips or logs and kindling (at 30% moisture). In energy terms this equates to 1400 litres of heating oil or 16,000 kWh of gas. This is roughly 8 tonnes of green unseasoned wood. The willow coppice will maintain high productivity for at least 20 years, and you can reasonably expect it to give an economic yield for 30-40 years . These figures are based on harvesting a quarter of an acre each year in rotation. You can produce & harvest logs without specialist equipment.
The kit includes:
1200 12" biomass willow setts ( a mix of biomass varieties)
4.5 rolls of 100m x1m permeable woven ground cover fabric for weed control (note the lengths on the roll are +/- 5%)
900 pegs to hold down the ground cover. (15cm plastic)
Detailed planting, growing and harvesting instructions
In fertile soil you can expect to harvest 1-2 tons of air dry wood per year from the kit as supplied. You will get this by harvesting quarter of the area each year and allowing it to regrow for 3 years (In the first year after planting you coppice the entire area, then move to a rotation coppicing a quarter every year.
These logs will be suitable for wood burners, stoves and boilers.
Any customer buying this kit will be able to buy groundcover and pegs from us at discounted rates in the future.