At MFTS we really pride ourselves on utilising as much of the tree as possible, to reduce the waste and create a sustainable option to managing your trees. Whether that is an urban, countryside or forest/small holding situation.
For those that don’t know about Biochar, I have a quote from the International Biochar
Initiative that helps explain its origin and use:
This 2,000 year-old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security, and increase soil biodiversity, and discourage deforestation. The process creates a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water. Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices. Intensive study of biochar-rich dark earths in the Amazon (terra preta), has led to a wider appreciation of biochar’s unique properties as a soil enhancer. Biochar can be an important tool to increase food security and cropland diversity in areas with severely depleted soils, scarce organic resources, and inadequate water and chemical fertilizer supplies. Biochar also improves water quality and quantity by increasing soil retention of nutrients and agrochemicals for plant and crop utilization. More nutrients stay in the soil instead of leaching into groundwater and causing pollution.
More information about Biochar can also be found from the British Biochar Foundation and the European Biochar Foundation that are governing bodies, promoting best practice and dedicating their work to researching Biochar and its uses. Every job we do, we will take all the brash away and leave the site as tidy as it was before we did the tree work.
This brash is then taken back to our site where it will be allowed to dry out to then be processed into Biochar around a year later. All our mixed Biochar then gets fed to our livestock, helping improve the health of the rumen of the animal. Then once passed through, helps retain the nutrients left in the manure to be spread back on the land. The carbon is then sequestered into the soil and helps in the next crop’s uptake of nutrients.
Our growing knowledge of studying, making and using Biochar has allowed us to create a more sustainable outcome to the waste produced from your tree work. Not only that, we have tailor-made our own Biochar feed stock to help regenerate your soil at home. If your soil is degraded, lacking in moisture or generally not looking to be in great health, we can fit a Biochar program to fit your needs. Give us a call or drop us an email and we will happily carry out a free, no obligations quote to see what would best fit your requirements.
Also, if you have brash around your homestead, allotment or small woodland we can bring our portable kilns on site to make your own Biochar.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more on Biochar and its uses. If you visit our Facebook or Twitter sites, you will find updates on Biochar-related studies and information to keep you up to date on industry-wide knowledge. For pricing, contact us by phone or email.