Nathaniel, Rhys and Yolanda share their passion for the nutritional and therapeutic benefits of growing, processing and using industrial hemp. Not to be confused with its `cousin` plant marijuana, licensed industrial hemp (in this case cannabis sativa) must be grown to contain a level of less than 0.2% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) - the psychoactive constituent of cannabis. This versatile plant only takes 4 months to mature and the whole plant can be used - roots, stems, leaves, buds and seeds for food, clothing and supplements eg the fibres for fabric and the seeds for oils. The seeds are high in protein and contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids eg health-promoting anti-oxidants and omega 3. The hemp we see here is produced on the South Downs but there are various varieties to suit different climates and soil conditions. http://www.vitalityhemp.com/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
Here Clive Jones tells us about the processes of the chip wood fired boiler system his family use with great success on their land at Moonfleet Farm in Dorset. Clive explains how they manage their coppiced woodland and how the efficient wood chip boiler system supplies the heating and hot water for the farm house and cottage using waste wood fuel, hedge cuttings and prunings from the farm.
An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
http://www.woodlands.co.uk Sustainable energy? Renewable sources of energy from woodlands? By managing forests to provide fuel and building materials we can create a sustainable environment. Matthew Woodcock from the Forestry Commission illustrates the benefits of wood as a fuel with help from a poster. This eductional tool shows sources of wood such as upland woodland, fast growing willow ,coppice management, and community woodland to name a few. He also shows how logs can be used for timber buildings and the offcuts for wood chip heating. It includes a section showing children at school learning about the carbon cycle whilst also being kept warm by a wood chip boiler.
On 20 October 2010, as part of the Spending Review the Chancellor announced that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will be launched in June 2011. Matthew Woodcock from the Forestry Commission discusses the proposals (filmed in May 2010) http://woodlands.co.uk
There is increasing recognition that wood is a sustainable building material and source of fuel. Matthew Woodcock outlines the variety of ways in which the Forestry Commission can encourage the use of wood. http://woodlands.co.uk