The story so far:
Many of us use wood for either part or all of our heating needs and we were keen to learn how to grow our own fuel and ensure that the wood we used was coming from a sustainable source. To us, this means that the fuel is coming from well-managed local woodlands that look after wildlife and people as well as production. We also want to ensure that any wood we take from the woodland is being replaced by new growth, so as to minimise the carbon emissions associated with our heating needs.
It is a common misconception that unmanaged woodland is always best for wildlife. In fact, through traditional management practices such as coppicing, we increase the variety of habitats and increase the richness of wildlife. At the same time we are joining co-operatively with other local people to enjoy, conserve and enrich our local environment.
Over the last 10 years we have increased our skills as a group with several volunteers gaining industry-recognised qualifications in areas such as woodland management and chainsaw operation. We have now reached the point that we are offering our own introductory training courses in areas such as hedgelaying and woodland management. We run these courses as fund-raisers to support our work, with any profits going into meeting our running costs - such as insurance, tools and equipment.
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