GEOFFREY Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon and the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Gregory Barker MP, held a Biodiversity and Wood Fuel Summit at Roadford Lake. Around 70 people attended the event from various local businesses and agencies, along

GEOFFREY Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon and the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Gregory Barker MP, held a Biodiversity and Wood Fuel Summit at Roadford Lake. Around 70 people attended the event from various local businesses and agencies, along with members of the public. All those who attended were able to listen to a variety of speakers and were given the opportunity in smaller break-out groups to explore the potential role for woodlands in the UK to undergo a renaissance in biodiversity as part of a strategy to tackle climate change. Geoffrey Cox said: "I wanted to call this the 'not the wind turbine conference.' It was very good to have the shadow Minister for Climate Change in Devon because there are so many interested people here who are keen to use the natural resources that we have to help tackle climate change in a positive way, without putting at risk our fragile rural economy that is so dependent on the unspoiled quality of our landscape. "The summit not only approached the topic of how woodland should be managed to offer biodiversity, but also gave practical advice on the installation of domestic and commercial biomass systems, and building biomass systems."Speaking at the conference, Gregory Barker MP said: "A Conservative Government will introduce a feedback tariff to encourage micro-generation of power and new incentives for the generation of heat. We want to see a massive increase in the use of new renewable energy technologies for the generation of power and heat, and a renaissance in English woodlands to provide wood fuel would be a part of this.