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Litcham woodburners business launches scrappage scheme to help clean up Norfolk environment

Norfolk Woodburners based in Litcham has launched an initiative aimed at cleaning up the environment across the county.

The business, which is one of the largest suppliers and installers of wood stoves and log burners in East Anglia, has set up a woodburner scrappage scheme. It will take up to £250 off the price of a brand new woodburning stove when customers trade in their old woodburner or open fire grate.

Managing director Kerry Walpole who founded the business eight years ago, said: "The scrappage initiative came about because we had been looking at what we could do to clean up the environment.

"We are working in collaboration with manufacturers we deal with too. All our stoves are Defra approved so they can be used even in smoke-controlled areas."

Kerry Walpole, MD of Norfolk Woodburners (7047042)
Kerry Walpole, MD of Norfolk Woodburners (7047042)

The scrappage initiative follows on from the Government's Clean Air Strategy which was published last month.

The government is looking to clean up the woodburner industry, and reports from the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) show that new stoves produce far less emissions than old stoves or open fires.

Said Kerry: “Super-efficient new Eco design ready woodburners, such as those produced by companies such as The Hunter Stoves Group and Termatech, installed by a HETAS professional, used correctly with the correct fuel, produce far less emissions and are substantially better for the environment than old woodburners or open fires.

"This being the case we are trying to take the lead in the marketplace and offer a scrappage scheme, similar to those offered in the past for old polluting cars and central heating boilers. We hope this will go some way in helping to clean up the air in Norfolk.”

He also said that burning wood is better in environmental terms as the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is the same as that absorbed by the tree during growth, making it carbon neutral. It is also a renewable resource, particularly when derived from plantations and cultivated woodland, he added.

Good quality wood stoves produce up to 90 per cent fewer emissions than an open fire and are more efficient. Most open fires are around 15 per cent efficient and wood stoves are around 80 per cent efficient.

For more information about Norfolk Woodburners scrappage scheme visit http://www.norfolkwoodburners.co.uk/scrappage-scheme

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