Natural England - Opportunities and optimum sitings for energy crops within the South East region

Opportunities and optimum sitings for energy crops within the South East region

The maps below refer to the South East region. Please remember that the maps are indicative. Refer to the guidance regarding their use before accessing. These are large files and may take a couple of minutes to download

  1. Miscanthus yield map: (964kb)pdf document.  This map identifies areas where high, average and low miscanthus yields may occur - guidance
  2. SRC yield map: (2.61mb)pdf document.  This map identifies areas where high, average and low SRC yields may occur - guidance
  3. Existing energy crop locations: (2.62mb)pdf document . This map identifies areas of existing energy crops, planted under the 2000 – 2006 Energy Crops Scheme. This map allows consideration of opportunities to develop biomass projects and energy supply chains - guidance
  4. Designated areas [document removed].  This map identifies a number of environmental designations that may impact where energy crops can be located - guidance. Please note that these maps have been produced differently to the other maps. Further instructions regarding their use.
  5. Joint character areas (JCAs): (2.94mb)pdf document.  This map identifies which JCA a piece of land falls in. Once identified, please click on the appropriate JCA in the map below. This will bring up a table providing  information about the impact of energy crops within that JCA - guidance

In addition, there is also a guidance document outlining a number of environmental issues that should be considered when applying for an energy crop grant.

South East and London Joint Character Areas

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81. Greater Thames Estuary 88. Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Claylands 90. Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge 91. Yardley-Whittlewood Ridge 95. Northamptonshire Uplands 107. Cotswolds 108. Upper Thames Clay Vales 109. Midvale Ridge 110. Chilterns 111. Northern Thames Basin 113. North Kent Plain 114. Thames Basin Lowlands 115. Thames Valley 116. Berkshire & Marlborough Downs 119. North Downs 120. Wealden Greensand 121. Low Weald 122. High Weald 123. Romney Marshes 124. Pevensey Levels 125. South Downs 126. South Coast Plain 127. Isle of Wight 128. South Hampshire Lowlands 129. Thames Basin Heaths 130. Hampshire Downs 131. New Forest 132. Salisbury Plain & West Wiltshire Downs 134. Dorset Downs & Cranborne Chase 135. Dorset Heaths