A brash chipping demonstration was recently held at Shanes Castle Estate, Co. Antrim. Shanes Castle is a working Estate consisting of about 800 acres of farmland and about 1000 acres of woodland.
The event was organised by Biomass Energy Northern Ireland (BENI) and one of its members from the local area, Glendale Tree services, Randalstown. The event was held for anyone actively involved or interested in the biomass sector, showcasing a very informative day and a great networking opportunity for those involved within the sector. The demonstration covered all aspects of chipping, from selecting the feedstock at Shane’s castle to its storage on the drying floors at the local Glendale Tree services site. Glendale Tree Services are a very local orientated company, actively working with schools and the community on simple environmental projects when the opportunity arises.
Attendees were also given the opportunity to visit Shanes Castle onsite renewable technology, the hydro-electrical system. Originally installed in 1905 to provide power to the house and small buildings, it has now been refurbishment and recommissioned to provide green energy. At present, the Hydro generates enough power to provide electricity to about 300 households and therefore save about 900 tonnes of CO2 per year. (Shanes Castle website http://www.shanescastle.com/)