Biomass Connect demonstration event: Multifunctional landscapes, biomass crops, and end-uses
July 16, 2024
Biomass Connect with Newcastle University hosted a demonstration event at the Cockle Park Farm Demonstrator Hub, Newcastle University. The event included a combination of talks, a field tour to the Biomass Connect demonstration hub, and roundtable discussions.
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Biomass Connect at Groundswell
July 16, 2024
Biomass Connect at Groundswell
As part of the ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the Biomass Feedstock Innovation (BFI) programme and provide opportunities to help develop the biomass sector, we organised a large marquee at Groundswell to bring the Biomass Connect Knowledge Exchange hub team together with five projects from the BFI programme.
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Bird Surveys on Biomass Plantations – June 2024
July 16, 2024
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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British Society of Soil Science visit the Biomass Connect IBERS Demonstration Hub
July 05, 2024
Demo Event
The Welsh regional group of the BSSS (British Society of Soil Science) held their annual event at IBERS on Thursday 27th June, which included a visit to the Biomass Connect demonstrator hub site, with some interesting discussions around biomass crops and their uses.
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Growing Resilience: Harnessing Biomass Crops for Climate-Proof Farming
July 03, 2024
As part of a two day “Farming for the Future” event held by the wider Afbi livestock teams. During both days of the event, the Biomass Connect team provided an opportunity for around 40 livestock farming visitors to explore and understand different biomass crop options
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First Demonstrator Hub Soil Data Published
June 27, 2024
Coring equipment and bagged sample at a sampling location at the BGI Demonstrator Hub site.
The first soil dataset from across the eight Biomass Connect Demonstrator Hub sites has now been published. This dataset contains the baseline measurements of key soil properties, including carbon, bulk density and pH, which are critical to assess the impacts of biomass crops on soils through future repeat sampling.
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Industrial crops for sustainable energy and materials on show at the RWAS Grass and Muck event
June 11, 2024
Grass and Muck Event
The Sustainable Grass and Muck event held on Thursday, 30th May 2024, at Aberystwyth University Farm, Trawsgoed, was a significant gathering for sharing knowledge on sustainable agricultural practices in the face of changing climatic conditions. The event, one of the largest of its kind in the UK, drew visitors from across the country.
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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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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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