Two schools in Bordon switched over to being heated by wood chips earlier this week, the first schools in Hampshire to do so. (But probably not the last.)
Weyford Infant and Junior Schools will be benefitting from the new wood-fired “Biomass boiler” as part of the wider Whitehill Bordon Eco-Town project. Other energy saving and efficiency works are also being installed at both schools.
These are the first publicly owned buildings in Hampshire to share a new environmentally-friendly heating system, which will cut bills, cut CO2 emissions, and be used to help the children become more familiar with the (many) benefits of switching to sustainable ways of living.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park is next on the list to have an “intelligent” Biomass Boiler installed. It will use up to 60 tonnes of wood a year, grown on the land in the park.
Hampshire county council reported the story here: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hantswebnewslist.htm?id=434846
And the Petersfield Messenger reported it here: http://www.petersfieldmessenger.com/News.cfm?id=38201&headline=Wood%20Burning%20Boiler%20To%20Heat%20Two%20Bordon%20Schools