Closing the fuel loop
"Our biomass boiler sits just 100 metres away from our home grown miscanthus crop. It's sustainability is fantastic in that it just keeps on growing every year, with minimum inputs. Its self-sufficient and reduces our carbon footprint. In all my greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting, the emissions are 12 times lower than the DECC's target."
The grass of the future
"My agronomist described miscanthus as 'the grass of the future' and it's a crop that offers a good
alternative for growers to consider. I believe it has an important role to play in the future of
"We planted eight hectares of the crop in 2002. Now we grow 100 hectares. It looks after itself once it's been established. It also guarantees us returns for 20 years with average
margins of £445 per hectare after harvesting costs."
"I also run Miscanthus Nurseries Ltd with fellow director Mike Cooper - as a farmer co-operative, to
propagate miscanthus rhizomes for other farmers and growers to start producing their own crop.
We create our own supply of biomass for our heat and power demands. The rest of the cane is
baled and sold to miscanthus supply chain experts, Terravesta."
A good alternative to timber
"Compared with timber, miscanthus is capable of yielding twice the amount of dry matter as a
deciduous woodland per hectare over a 40 year period.
"It's an under-rated energy crop that could significantly reduce our demand for trees for biomass
and fossil fuel, whilst also completing a carbon neutral cycle."