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Biomass Connect Demo – SRUC Ayrshire – Biomass in a Northern Climate

November 2, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm


November 2, 2023
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
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SRUC Ayrshire
SAC Consulting Office, JF Niven Building
Auchincruive, Ayrshire KA6 5HW United Kingdom
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Biomass in a Northern Climate

Auchincruive, Ayr, KA6 5HW

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2nd November 2023

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Come and join Biomass Connect and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) for an opportunity to learn about growing biomass crops in a Northern Climate.

The event will focus on showcasing a range of biomass crops and discussions on the agronomy, economics, and environmental impacts of different biomass crops. There will be a guided crop tour to view various biomass crops planted at the Biomass Connect Hub site, Auchincruive estate. We are also holding an event the day before (1st November) at Boghall near Edinburgh. Feel free to join us for both and compare the two hub sites. If doing so please register for the two events separately so that we cater accordingly.

All are welcome – please register to book a place. We look forward to seeing you there!


09.30 Convene, tea & coffee

10.00 Introduction and talks

  • Biomass Connect, introduction and overview – Nana Afranaa Kwapong, IBERS, Aberystwyth
  • Growing biomass crops in the Northern Climate – Kevin Lindegaard, Crops for energy
  • Eucalyptus Short Rotation Forestry – Bryan Elliot, Eucalyptus Renewables
  • Working with Biomass Crops – Josephine Sweden (SRUC)

11.00 Crop tour: field walk

  • Biomass connect hub site where we’ll visit the trials that are currently growing at the Ayrshire Hub Site:
    • Black Locust ‘Turbo’ and Black Locust ‘Turbo Obelisk,
    • SRF Alder
    • SRF Eucalyptus
    • SRF and SRC Poplar
    • SRC Willow
    • Miscanthus Giganteus
  • Biomass crop options

12.30 Q & A – Wrap up, final thoughts

13.00 Lunch/networking

Crop Tour Route