Willow for the Farm
Willow has many uses around the farm;
Riparian buffer strips that slow water flow, retain top soil, increase water infiltration and slow the passage of nitrates and phosphates into watercourses.
Biofiltration, willow can be used as part of a system e.g. a Zero discharge constructed wetland, see link, to reduce excess nutrients in liquid waste streams eg. Yard run off.
Reducing Ammonia pollution by planting willow copses downwind from livestock sheds. See Link
Buffer strips on sloping fields to prevent soil loss and increase water infiltration.
These measures will also produce biomass for heating, with the willow either chipped for boilers or allowed to grow to be harvested as logs