Baronscourt is a working rural Estate located between Strabane and Omagh. The home of the Duke of Abercorn and his family, the Estate’s farmland comprises approximately 500 hectares of grassland including a Deer Park established in the mid-18th Century that has recently been declared an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI). There is a resident herd of pure-bred Japanese Sika deer, an 18-hole golf course, a wind farm on the slopes of Bessy Bell and three lakes at the bottom of the valley. The dominant land-use is forestry, with the woodland area currently extending to approximately 1,200 hectares; the majority of these woodlands are being transformed from even-aged coniferous plantations into multi-specie uneven-aged woodlands.
As the productive area of woodland increases, so too is the incremental growth and the volume of timber that can be extracted sustainably on an annual basis. Part of this production is now being allocated to satisfy the growing local demand for firewood, with the emphasis being on offering well-seasoned material whose lower moisture content guarantees a higher heat output than the freshly-cut competition. Fuel-wood production will shortly be expanded to include wood chips.
Information on our range of woodfuel products can be accessed from our website, www.barons-court.com, and you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all our latest offers.
The Estate welcomes the establishment of Ren Net and looks forward to supplying other members with their fuel-wood requirements.