NT3763 : Stripping the Willow

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

Stripping the Willow
Stripping the Willow
A short rotation coppice of willow being cut.
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: Articles: · Crop Plants on Geograph Automatic Clusters: · Short Rotation Coppice [5] Other Photos: · Bio crop (Willow) ·
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 14 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 14 July, 2010
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 375 637 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.7448N 2:59.9890W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 375 637
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