Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).
A newly developed low-carbon liquid fuel, known as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is on long term trials in the oil fired boiler at the first church in the country to conduct such trials, Stithians Methodist Church. Unlike previous biofuels, the fuel, produced from waste fats and oils, creates a greener, renewable resource.
"We all appreciate the need to help the environment as a priority and these trials are to ensure the fuel will work well when converting existing setups." Explained Mr John Weedon. "We are pleased that only a low cost conversion is needed in many cases. So far tests are extremely promising, with all boilers performing well.
Mitchell & Webber is the first company to start UK trials. Company Directors Robert and John Weedon see HVO as the potential replacement for every oil-reliant boiler across the country, offering net greenhouse gas CO2 reductions of up to 90%.
John Weedon continued "we believe the best options will be those that are the least disruptive and most cost effective, which is exactly why we're such huge advocates of this future-ready fuel."
If the trials are successful, HVO an be rolled out for heating buildings current dependent on fossil oil.
This wild garden project makes use of existing trees to help give an established look. Various pieces of wood are left around to rot and provide habitat for fungi and insects while some hard ground cover keeps an opening to the beds and provides a further variety of habitat. What were once called weeds because they were thought to grow in the wrong place, they now thrive and flower where they are wanted, catering for insects which form the base of the food chain and bees.
"The wild flower garden in the front of the church building is looking good." Reports the minister, Revd Mark Dunn-Wilson.
The mixture of plants gives a pleasing range of colour and shade, and moves away from the mono-culture of just one species of plant in a bed. The garden was planted out just before lockdown and has had time to settle in and mature to show itself off in the late spring sunshine. Because it has been designed with low maintenance in mind, it is easily tended by members of the Truro Methodist Church congregation. Funding for the project was provided by a donation from Wild Truro.
Can you spot the bird boxes too?