No More Passports for Jack’s Cattle

Jack Park spent nearly thirty years with the Cumbria Constabulary. He had a reputation for solving criminal cases, especially when they went on for years. Following his retirement, he has continued to employ his investigative skills for the sustainability of his farm for the next generation.

Says Jack, “Planting various crops and raising livestock over the years, I found myself working very hard for little return. Imagine this… passports for my cattle had more stamps than passports for world travellers!”

“As an alternative, I considered an installation of solar panels, but realized that income from sun energy is unpredictable. It was really no different with wheat and barley, which can vary a lot, based on the weather. So, I began to study the potential of willow for energy. After a briefing from Neil Watkins, including a tour of the Workington bio-energy plant and Iggesund’s own 24 acres plantation, I realized that willow made sense for me.”

“An energy crop is ideal for West Cumbria, because it generates steady income for decades. It’s hardy, good for the environment, and literally a natural alternative to fossil fuels.” Jack made the investment in clearing the land, and participating in the initial planting. A year from now the Iggesund team will cut the young willow down to the ground. From there the coppice will spring up with more shoots.

After that, little is required until the first harvest, only three years after planting. “My wife Paulyne and I look forward to a good return on our cash crop in our golden years, and after we’re gone, our sons will continue to benefit for decades to come.”