Transition Haslemere Wood Fuel Project

Community Wood Fuel Project Update

Transition Haslemere has launched the first schemes under its community wood fuel initiative.

The schemes offer:
– woodland activities to gather and prepare wood for fuel
– wood fuel at prices discounted in proportion to volunteering hours, and
– other family-oriented woodland events through the year.

The first two woodlands are at Fowlshatch Copse in Prestwick Lane and Imbhams Farm off Holdfast lane. A ‘taster’ event where you can visit the woods, try out some activities and find out more about the schemes, will be held on Saturday 15 February at Fowlshatch Copse – please click here to see the leaflet for full details.
A second taster event will be held at Imbhams Farm on Saturday 22 March – full details will follow in due course.
The aim is to bring previously managed woodland back under management and in doing so provide a local source of renewable fuel, improve biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions, all within a community
initiative.
To participate in the schemes you will need to become a member and pay an annual subscription. We have not not set the final figure as yet but it will be around £40. This will cover administration, tools and other costs.
Your subscription should be offset by the savings you make on wood fuel costs plus the enjoyment of the events in the woods.
The Imbhams Farm scheme will also offer space for storing and seasoning wood and there will be specific costs for that. Further details of the Imbham’s scheme will follow.
There will be a number of volunteer events during the year and you will be able to participate to the level that suits you. The price you pay for wood will be discounted in proportion to the hours you volunteer. We will not provide wood without some participation – our aim is for a community renewable energy scheme and not a commercial firewood business.

Please come along to one of the taster events, or email us if you have any questions – info@transitionhaslemere.org. We will also be sending out regular newsletter as the schemes evolve.

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About rob simpson

Social entrepreneur developing Community Supported Agriculture Co-operative in west Surrey, UK.
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