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Our work - Timber and bioenergy

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As well as providing a place for wildlife and recreation, woodlands can be a source of renewable products. These can generate employment and help the local economy. 

We are exploring ways to make the most from our wooden forest resource whether it be a piece of fine furniture or a fuel.


Wood as a fuel is seeing a renaissance with increasing fossil fuel prices and the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive or RHI. The Renewable Heat Incentive provides an index linked income stream for 20 years for installing and using a modern, clean burning, biomass boiler.


More information on the government's Renewable Heat Incentive can be found at


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Or try our user-friendly calculator to find out what financial returns you might expect from installing a biomass boiler as opposed to using fossil fuel.



Timber and bioenergy projects:

Wood allotments

Wood allotments is a scheme developed in The Mersey Forest which enables woodland owners to manage their woodlands while engaging people Read more about Wood allotments
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Wood Fuel Advice and Information

Find out what we can offer in terms of information or advice on the burning issue of wood fuel and biomass heating. Read more about Wood Fuel Advice and Information

Cheshire Rural Biomass (CheRuB)

Our Cheshire Rural Biomass project helped people and organisations living in Cheshire's rural areas to benefit from wood-fuelled heating Read more about Cheshire Rural Biomass (CheRuB)
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Merseyside Woodland and Biomass Advisory Service

We are working to develop and enable the infrastructure for the wood fuels supply chain in Merseyside (including the borough of Halton). Read more about Merseyside Woodland and Biomass Advisory Service