Exmoor woodheat grants deadline extended

Grants of £3,000 for installing wood fuelled heating are available to homeowners in Exmoor National Park and in rural areas nearby, following a successful application for government funding made by Exmoor National Park Authority and Exmoor Trust.

In total £189,000 has been made available to the Exmoor Woodheat initiative by the Department of Energy and Climate Change through its Renewable Heat Payment Premium Communities Scheme, and more money could be forthcoming if the demand for grants rises.

Already, the scheme has been very popular and 63 homeowners registered their interest by the initial scheme deadline in November. With the prospect of more funding being available, the deadline for registering has been extended to 31st January 2013. Heating systems must be installed and the grants claimed by 28th June 2013.

The grant was originally set at £2,500, but has been increased to £3,000 following a request made by Exmoor National Park Authority to the scheme administrator, the Energy Saving Trust.

Tim Stokes, Sustainability and Economy Manager for Exmoor National Park Authority said:  “We are delighted to be able to offer the extra money that has been made available and the extension to the deadline means that more people will be able to apply. If you think you may be eligible, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as soon as possible to register your interest.”
The grant funding is only available for log, wood chip and wood pellet heating systems that are approved under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. Ordinary wood burning stoves are not eligible. Only homeowners living in areas without access to natural gas are eligible – almost all of the National Park falls into this category. People living in rural areas close to the National Park may also qualify and are encouraged to contact Exmoor National Park Authority.

The savings that can be made by householders by switching from oil, LPG or electric heating to wood fuelled heating can be substantial and are likely to increase in the future. The scheme may be particularly beneficial to householders who own woodland such as farmers. The use of sustainably harvested woodfuel can also result in wildlife benefits and improve the carbon storage potential of woodland.

For more information regarding this scheme and to register your interest, please contact Tim Stokes (tcstokes@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk) or Ben Eardley (bdeardley@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk) on 01398 323665.

Published: 12 December 2012

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