Case studies

Balance is everything for Jan Wilkinson

Jan’s newly planted 50 acre willow crop is next to the river Cocker. Downstream is Cockermouth. “We have enjoyed partnering with Iggesund and together have formed a bottoms up working group with: The Farmers Network, West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Rothamstead […]

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Enjoy the Simplicity

The simplicity of the SRC willow coppice cropping system attracted Terry Dixon, his wife Eileen and son Thomas, who run Brackenthwaite Farm in Wilton, Egremont, a mixed farm. TERRY SAYS: “To diversify and secure long-term sustainability of our Brackenthwaite farm, […]

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Geoff Wilcox from Penrith diversifies 10% of his land with a “steady and predictable income”

Geoff Wilcox needed sustainability and predictability for the future. With this in mind Geoff and his father decided to learn more about energy crops. After much research they opted to plant SRC Willow – “our land has been ideal for […]

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A New Cash Crop

Harvesting SRC willow for green energy is the newest sustainability idea from Richard Carmichael, 30th chief and 26th baron of the ancient Clan Carmichael from Clydesdale, Scotland.

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Aerial Vehicles for Willow Farmers

What happens when info-gathering UaV’s (Unmanned aerial Vehicles) map out a willow plantation, and combine with laser scanners, GPs systems and software to model the ideal crop plantation of the future?   A Pilot Project headed by Dr. James Taylor, […]

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Planting willow in Keswick

“Some of our land has deteriorated over the years due to all the rain in the area. I hope that planting willow will be a way to break that trend,” says Steven Clarke, a farmer who lives in Braithwaite, Keswick […]

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Harvesting Short Rotation Coppice Willow at Newton Rigg College

Photo shows staff from Iggesund Paperboard harvesting short rotation coppice willow at Newton Rigg College   An insight into the practical and commercial elements of producing short rotation coppice (SRC) willow was given to Newton Rigg College students when the […]

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What about harvesting wet, waterlogged land?

Apart from stunning scenery, beautiful lakes and many walks Cumbria is also renowned for it’s wet weather! And this past winter has been no exception with it being one of the wettest on record! With this in consideration it is […]

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Easy Change Over From Willow To Prized Limousin Cows

  Dennis Richardson bought extra acreage, because he needed more pasture land for his prized Limousin cows. ”Iggesund showed me that it was possible to remove a few acres quite easily. The roots are very shallow, and my land will […]

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Ronnie Wilkonson

Ronnie & Jennie Wilkinson, Carlisle

“What attracted us was the regular income combined with the low work intensity. Neither of us is getting any younger and we wanted to find a crop that could help give us a secure old age.” Jennie Wilkinson, who together […]

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