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Farmers and foresters offered discount woodfuel courses

Shuttleworth College, Bedford is targeting farmers and foresters for its renewable energy training programme for woodfuel heating systems in March.

The courses are funded by Woodfuel East and are available to eligible trainees at a sudsidised prices.

Will Richardson, of Rural Development Initiatives Ltd, said: “Take-up in the UK has been rapid in recent years, given that woodfuel is often half the price of oil or LPG.”

Ignite courses were more recently run at the Green Light Trust near Bury St Edmunds with farmers and foresters taking advantage of the specialist knowledge on offer and the reduced rates thanks to funding from Woodfuel East.

The next course to take place is the three day Lantra Awards accredited ‘Woodfuel Production and Supply’ which will run from March 27 to 29 and give trainees a thorough grounding in woodfuel production and supply.

Hatley Park in Cambridgeshire will play host to the one day Woodfuel Quality Standards course on March 19. The three day course, for eligible trainees, costs £140 and the one day courses £55.

To book a place or get more details of either course, contact Erica Spencer on 0845 226 2890 or erica.spencer@ruraldevelopment.org.uk