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Biochar is any organic material or 'biomass' that has been cooked at a high temperature with limited oxygen present.
 
This process is also known as pyrolysis.

"This 2,000 year-old practice converts biomass materials into a soil enhancer that stores carbon for hundreds of years, boosts food security, and increases soil biodiversity."

 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.

 

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Biochar under the microscope

What can Biochar do for your soil?

The positive effects of biochar in your soil:

  • Biochar improves plant growth and yield

  • Greater water retention, less watering.

  • Create a better plant root environment

  • Increase the PH, Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potash

  • Helps fight climate change – lock carbon in the ground

  • Increases organic matter

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Molinia Caerulea is a dominating low quality grass which we harvest for processing into Biochar.

 

Removing the Molinia grass from the moorlands improves the diversity of the habitat making it more attractive to birds such as Golden Plover as well as reducing the risk of hill fires.

 

Surplus Molinia grass from Henfron Farm is cooked with limited oxygen at temperatures up to 500˚C in an efficient insulated retort to produce our Biochar.

Contract Biochar Processing
Do you have a material that would be suitable for processing into Biochar?

We can do it, contact Tony

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We can bring a Retort to you.

A Biochar demonstration is an interesting and informative addition to an event.

 

Interested? Contact Tony for more information.

Henfron, Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys,

LD6 5HE

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