Dorset County Council is a local authority with statutory responsibilities covering public services in Dorset, a rural County on the south coast of the UK with a population of 405,000. The organisation employs 14,000 staff and has an annual turnover of approximately 225 million Euros. Participation in the ROKWOOD project would be led by the authority’s Sustainability Team. Dorset County Council has been actively working on renewable energy with a wide range of partners for the last 10 years. The County Council has an economic development team which leads the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership promoting economic development in the County. The low carbon economy has been identified as a priority area for action with significant opportunities to develop biomass resources in this rural area including energy crops. Dorset County Council has well established contacts in the agricultural sector and owns 56 farms which are leased to new entrants to the farming industry.

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