A growing use of recycled wood, both in the UK and Europe, is as biomass fuel, used to generate alternative energy.

Our European neighbours are far further advanced in this field, with many biomass power stations successfully operating through Germany, Holland, France and Scandanavia.

But the UK market is set to expand rapidly, with several biomass power plants due to come on stream over the next few years. Already major power stations have opened at Lockerbie, Wilton 10 on Teesside and Chilton in Co Durham, which all use recycled wood as part of their fuel source. And there are several more large-scale power stations in the pipeline.

In addition, increasing numbers of small-scale biomass boilers are being installed in hospitals, schools, libraries and on farms. All these boilers, large or small scale, require fuel specific to their needs.