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Bracken- an environmentally friendly alternative to logs

Posted on 18 January 2017

The Stovesworld team were inititally drawn to this new idea,  whilst watching Country file one Sunday afternoon.

Bracken is a tall fern, which is found Worldwide and covers large areas of land. It's an invasive species which dates back to 55 million years ago.  There are 2 1/2 million acres of this plant growing wild in the UK and this is becoming a problem.

Bracken used to be cut down for cattle bedding as well as roofing. Bracken is cut at a green state then left for two weeks to die. When Bracken is harvested, it increases the bio-diversiy of the land, so Bluebells can flourish, as can all types of flora and fauna. Bracken is therefor taking a waste plant and then turning it into something useful.

Bracken contains Carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer) but, this dies when the Bracken has been left for around two weeks. Harvest is only brought in when the bracken is dead and brown in colour, it is then put through thorough tests to check that it no longer contains Carcinogen.

The Bracken is then chopped and loaded into a dryer, it is then processed through a machine which compresses the Bracken into Briquettes. This then burns hotter than Oak and for longer.

The Ash that is left over from the burning also has its advantages, the ash is high in Potash, this makes for an ideal fertiliser for the garden. Potash makes a positive contribution to the environment by balancing other nutrients, especially Nitrate, which allows it to be taken-up and used by plants efficiently, so avoiding losses that may be harmful.

By burning Bracken instead of wood, we are not having to cut down any beautiful old trees. 'Brackettes' have a faint, pleasant, earthly aroma.

Brackenburn has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards this year- the Regen South West Green Energy Awards, and The Insider made in the south west awards- Brackenburn are delighted to say that they won the South West Green Energy Award for Buisness Innovation.

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