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Biofibres in Yorkshire

Join us for an informative workshop on growing and producing biofibres, exploring the potential of low-carbon crops like hemp and flax.

Join us for a collaborative workshop to explore what we can do with natural fibres (biofibres) and why these are attracting so much interest from farmers and product manufacturers around the UK.

Yorkshire is home to nearly 40% of the UK’s grown fibres, mostly industrial hemp and flax. A dynamic lineup of speakers from across the biofibre supply chain will explore how we can harness the supply chain opportunities from these natural fibres to decarbonise and create high value jobs within our construction, textiles and biocomposite sectors.

This event is relevant for anyone wanting to support the “market pull” for natural fibres, from - processors and fibre users and the innovators and researchers working with fibres.

There will be an optional tour of the Harrison Spinks site after lunch.

Organised by the Biorenewables Development Centre. Supported by Grow Yorkshire. Funded by the Rural England Prosperity Fund. Event hosted by Harrison Spinks.

Time: 9:30 for 10:00 start, to 13:30 (with optional tour after lunch)

Date: 18th June 2024

Location: The Barn, Oxton Lane, Bolton Percy, York, YO23 7AS

With special thanks to the Biofibre steering group -

Grow Yorkshire, Harrison Spinks, IndiNature, Elsoms Seeds, East Yorkshire Hemp, SHD Composites and the York & North Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Biofibre Special Interest Group

This event is one of a series in 2024/25 that will explore some of the opportunities and challenges faced by the biofibre industry. How much fibre can we grow and can we meet the quality standards required by industry; How and where can we process the fibres into clean materials for use in high performing end products; Where does the innovation and research sit with biofibres; Who are the policy makers and influencers supporting the drive towards a cleaner, greener, more resilient farming and manufacturing base with biofibres; How far can biofibres support our Net Zero targets in Yorkshire and the rest of the UK, while enhancing soil health, carbon and biodiversity?