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Miscanthus is a perennial carbon-negative renewable energy crop which is currently grown on around 6,000 hectares of low-grade marginal land in the UK. It’s becoming an increasingly attractive diversification option for farmers due to the long-term price security and environmental benefits it presents.
Local farmer and deputy chief executive of bioscience research organisation BBSRC, Steve Visscher, is showcasing 42 hectares of Miscanthus on his Wiltshire farm at the event. “I’ve been interested in the crop since 2008 when I became familiar with research going into the future viability of several bioenergy crops including Miscanthus. I felt it had an interesting future with many possible uses beyond burning it as a biofuel and I was impressed by its environmental credentials.”
The Miscanthus open day will be co-hosted by locally based chartered surveyors Woolley and Wallis, who will be offering advice and guidance on land management options including Miscanthus.