Biomass heating installed to future-proof glasshouse

A Somerset glasshouse strawberry grower has invested £350,000 in a biomass heating system that it says will bring savings over conventional heating of £80,000.

Bower Farm of Bridgwater will gain a further £80,000 from the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive. "The cost of fuel is only going to go one way, so by putting the biomass boilers in we are future-proofing the business," said company director Adrian Winter.

With 900 tonnes of woodchip required each year, the move has entailed building a separate fuel-storage shed. It will allow the company to better supply the premium early market, Winter added.

"There's a vast difference in price between what we get at the start and end of April. It also means that we get the money in the door earlier."

The greater consistency in temperature has also reduced the need to control for Botrytis, he added.

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