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Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust site in Barnes helps fuel airport CHP plant

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Wood sourced from a Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust site in Barnes will be used to power a 10MW combined heat and power system at Heathrow airport.

The fuel is the product of an annual coppicing programme at the London Wetland Centre that has collected 10 tonnes of wood this year.

Sustainable wood fuel specialist LC Energy turned the off-cuts into woodchips that were this week transported to the airport (pictured), where they will help power one of the UK’s largest decentralised renewables plants.

LWC reserve manager Adam Salmon said volunteers collect large amounts of brushwood every autumn and winter to maintain trees as low scrub rather than mature woodland.

“This makes a better breeding habitat for small birds, reduces the number of tall perches for predatory birds that might otherwise take important eggs and chicks, and helps keep clear fly-lines between the water bodies in the wetland,” he said.

LC Energy said the arrangement is a “virtuous circle of conservation and renewable energy production”.

Image: Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz

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