‘This time the snow was perfect and made for good fun’

BUSY Snowboarders and skiers on Butser Hill this weekend
BUSY Snowboarders and skiers on Butser Hill this weekend

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THE park has been very busy as hundreds of people came to ski, sledge or mountain board on the slopes of Butser Hill.

Good numbers also came to walk in the relative peace of Queen Elizabeth Forest.

This time the snow was perfect – even making good snowballs and snowmen.

Meanwhile, the park’s biomass boiler has been topped up with woodchip ready for the cold spell.

Installed six years ago – and then the first of the county council’s buildings to use this green technology – the boiler is still going strong. Each winter it will consume some 85 tonnes of seasoned wood chip produced from local timber.

This will have been seasoned as 3m logs for a year to get the moisture content down below 30 per cent. The park has its own woodbarn which can accommodate the entire heating season’s supply.

The trailer and elevator are used every couple of weeks to get the chip from the barn to the boiler hopper.

The boiler is a Froling Turbomatic 85KW model which maintains a 2,000 litre buffer tank at 80C.

It is fully automated, feeding itself with woodchip and removing the ash.

The boiler heats the main facilities and provides part of our hot water.

If it stops for any reason it will self-diagnose producing a digital fault code to help get things going again.

Woodfuel produces significant cost savings compared to oil, gas or LPG and will also reduce carbon emissions.

For those heading for the lower slopes of Butser please avoid parking on the north or southbound sliproads. It is very important so the gritters and emergency vehicles can access the park.