Demonstrator Hub Update – BGI, Chesham – April 2024
May 31, 2024
Sida at BGI. April 2024

The BGI Demonstrator Hub in Chesham has been busy in April as Spring growth takes hold. Gapping up and preparing for the summer have been the main tasks.

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Demonstrator Hub Update – NIAB, Headley Hall – April 2024

The Headley Hall site is looking good. Gapping up to fill initial losses has been completed on most plots and Spring growth continues apace throughout. Weed control has been an ongoing process but well worth it as we now look forward to a productive summer season.

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Demonstrator Hub Update – Rothamsted Research – North Wyke – April 2024
May 30, 2024
Alder at North Wyke, April 2024

Things are finally drying out at North Wyke and the ground is almost ready to be driven on by tractors. As the crops begin to put on some summer growth we’ve been busy gapping up and sowing seeds plus taking visitors on tours of the plots.

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Demonstrator Hub Update – AFBI, Hillsborough – April 2024

April has been a busy month of mowing, spraying and growing at the AFBI Demonstrator hub with all crops growing well but the poplars are lagging behind a little.

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Companion cropping trial
May 29, 2024
Seeds weighed out ready for sowing

Members of the Biomass Connect team have been in the field hand-sowing seeds as part of a small trial to explore the potential of using companion crops within willow SRC to aid growth, suppress weeds and benefit biodiversity, led by Dr Rebecca Rowe of UKCEH.

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Supergen Bioenergy Hub Announces Flexible Funding Call for Biomass-to-Bio-Based Products Research
May 23, 2024
Supergen Bioenergy Hub

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub has launched its first flexible funding call aimed at advancing research in the conversion of biomass to bio-based products. This initiative seeks to support innovative projects that can contribute significantly to the development and commercialisation of sustainable bioenergy solutions.

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Bird Surveys on Biomass Plantations – March 2024
May 22, 2024
Bird Surveys in March

Part of our ongoing series looking at birds in and around willow and Miscanthus crops in Devon and Somerset. The films feature ornithologist and wildlife detective Ed Drewitt (along with BC team member Kevin Lindegaard of Crops for Energy).

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Connect Issue #6
May 21, 2024

Issue #6 of the Connect Newsletter is now available. The Connect Newsletters contain updates on project activities, details of the latest events, and news from across the wider biomass industry.

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Innovations in biomass, biodiversity, carbon capture and soil health at the Headley Hall NIAB demonstration day 
Earthworm Survey

This demonstration day provided valuable insights into advancements and practical applications in biomass crops, carbon capture, and sustainable farming practices, highlighting the benefits of a collaborative approach to future projects.

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Thrushes Nesting in Pollarded Poplar Trees at the BGI Demonstrator Hub
May 01, 2024

While performing a routine morning fence inspection an unexpected sight caught my attention – a bird gliding low towards the pollarded poplar trees…

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