NT3763 : Willow plantation

taken 14 years ago, near to Dewartown, Midlothian, Scotland

This is 1 of 4 images, with title starting with Willow in this square
Willow plantation
Willow plantation
A close up view of a biofuel crop. Lots of thin stems that will grow fast and shred very easily. See later images of the harvest by following the link in the shared description.
Carbon Credit Craziness?

A short rotation coppice of Willow about 5-6 years old. Assumed to be for biomass production when seen in May 2010 NT3763 : Willow plantation. Discovered being ‘harvested’ in July 2010. Apparently the crop belongs to Scottish Coal, and is part of a carbon credit programme. Not sure how this works, however, since the stems are just being shredded and left to recycle in situ in the environment – the nearest biomass power station that could use it is at Steven’s Croft NY1285 : Steven’s Croft Power Station and Timber Processing Facility, [see also NY1284 and NY1285], about 110 km away, so not economic to take it there. The harvester [John Deere 7500] is 6m high, weighs 11 t, has a 580 bhp engine and uses about 600 l of diesel a day, so that will have a noticeable carbon footprint [you could get a 3-yr old one for £120000]. And the contractor [coppiceresources.com] was from Nottinghamshire. No energy will be created, and the decay of the shredded willow will result in the rapid return of carbon to the atmosphere [invertebrates, fungi and bacteria all respire to produce CO2].

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Category: Bio-fuel crop
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Harvest [5] · Willow Plantation [3] Other Photos: · Willow harvest - clear fell ·
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Date Taken
Monday, 31 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 31 May, 2010
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 375 637 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.7505N 2:59.9508W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 375 637
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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