WOOD FUEL FROM SMALL WOODLANDS
LC Energy has been working with Peter and Brenda Tebby to add value to the low grade timber arising from woodland management work in their 44 acres of mixed woodland “Reffolds Copse” near Newdigate in Surrey. The woodland is a mixture of ASNW and PAWS, which had been unmanaged for years until Peter and Brenda purchased the woodland 3 years ago.
Peter says “Our aim is to manage the woodland commercially, whilst enhancing the environmental value of the woodland, to this end we have removed a large are of rhododendron and an area of windblown western hemlock”. The western hemlock area is being cleared to create an access route through the area and to create glades that promote the growth of native ground flora.
These felling operations have produced a lot of low grade material, which is taken out of the woodland in small amounts and stacked on Pater and Brenda’s front drive. The timber is being chainsaw felled and extracted by Peter and Brenda using a Quadzilla ATV and a Jussi log trailer and crane.
Brenda Tebby says “Working with LC Energy has been great – there is no pressure to produce a set amount per year, they are always friendly on the phone and arrange to have the timber collected within a week.” Dan from Felledwood Transport collects 18.5 tonnes of timber a time and takes it to a local LC Energy hub where it is stored outside for up to 18 months to dry before being processed into premium grade wood chip for delivery to local customers such as Surrey Sports Park in Guildford and Park 25 housing development in Reigate.
LC Energy will work with any land-owner from the initial stage of woodland planning to cutting, extraction and haulage and can provide all or some of these services if required. LC Energy links the timber growers to the heat users in a sustainable, local and long term manner to ensuring that woodlands are managed effectively and responsibly and bringing value to a much underutilized renewable resource.