Field scale planting. Go big or go home

The second half of April 2022 saw our field scale plantings of willow (at Myerscough College in Lancashire) and Miscanthus (at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire). These plantings are intended to showcase best practice for each crop at a scale that is relevant to farmers (each is about 8 hectares). Both are also fitted with eddy flux covariance systems, in order to measure the greenhouse gas fluxes occuring during land preparation, planting, establishment and for the first few years of growth. For each site there is also a neighbouring field with a flux tower in it, where the previous land use is being continued, so that we can compare the greenhouse gas fluxes.

Below a few shots from the Miscanthus planting.

Meanwhile over at Myerscough where the willow was planted…