A GOVERNMENT minister paid a visit to the Daventry area to find out more about environmental technologies.
Charles Hendry, the Energy Minister paid a visit to Charles Jackson and Co. in Long Buckby on Monday.
The firm is a champion of biomass fuels – crops grown locally and burnt to create carbon-neutral energy.
Miscanthus, or elephant grass, is grown by a number of farmers in the Daventry area already.
The crop grows to three metres tall (10ft) in a year and regrows without the need to replant.
Once dried it makes a good fuel that can be used for central heating.Daventry district councillor Richard Atterbury was at the visit. He said: “The minister saw the work Charles Jackson was doing and was told that miscanthus could be used to heat homes on small developments from a central source.
“He certainly seemed interested in it all.”