NT3763 : Willow coppice

taken 2 years ago, near to Dewartown, Midlothian, Great Britain

Willow coppice
Willow coppice
Short rotation coppice being grown for biomass/biofuel production, which is cut frequently - see earlier images from 2010 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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Date Taken
Friday, 27 January, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 28 January, 2017
Geographical Context
Energy infrastructure  Lowlands  Grassland  Village, Rural settlement  Woodland, Forest 
Place (from Tags)
Dewarton  Midlothian 
Crop (from Tags)
Trees (from Tags)
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 3759 6363 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.7077N 2:59.9209W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 3761 6365
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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