Plant a Tree… For Wildlife and People
For every one tonne of wood briquettes we sell, we plant one native tree in the UK.
Whether you buy one pack or one pallet, you’re helping to create native public access woodland
in conjunction with The Borders Forest Trust.
We formed the Wood Fuel Co-operative in 2011, having spent most of the previous 20 years planting native hardwood trees on land purchased for this purpose. To date, our founding director, Rowland, has been instrumental in planting over 1 million trees over four large public access woodlands in Scotland and several smaller sites in England.
Woodland is vital for our and the environment’s health.
Trees store carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air. They also trap pollutants, thereby purifying the air.
Native broad-leaved woodland in the UK is one of the richest habitats for biodiversity, so trees create homes for thousands of types of life – everything from invertebrates to owls, and fungi to foxes.
That’s why we love briquettes instead of logs – they make use of a pure wood by-product generated from the manufacture of flooring, furniture, hardwood door and window frames, hardwood mouldings and many other timber based industries, which means you’re not chopping down trees to fuel your fire.
Even collecting fallen timber in woodland has a price – rotting wood should be left to decompose naturally on the woodland floor as it is an incredibly valuable habitat for wildlife.
How does the Plant A Tree scheme work?
We plant one tree for every tonne of wood briquettes we sell. Every single pack we sell goes towards this total, so it doesn’t matter if you buy one pack or a whole pallet – your purchase will make a difference.
Our planting programme starts in March 2020 and will continue every year for the foreseeable future. Each year we expect to plant between two and three thousand trees. Our sole objective is habitat creation so these trees will never be felled but will be left to complete their natural life cycle.
We are delighted to be partnering with The Borders Forest Trust who will plant and maintain our trees within their Talla & Gameshope site in Southern Scotland. This site is part of the Trust’s Wildheart and also includes the Carrifran Wildwood and Corehead, which together extend to over 3,100 hectare (7,660 acres).
The Borders Forest Trust Reviving the Wildheart project seeks to re-create wooded wilderness and restore associated natural upland habitats in the Southern Uplands. Thousands of years ago these hills and glens were covered with a rich tapestry of woodland and open hill which supported a biodiverse ecosystem. With your help we can all play a small part in re-wilding the hills.
We will keep you informed through a photo-gallery as planting begins and habitats flourish.
December 2019 update.
We have just purchased our first 2,107 trees in preparation for planting during February and March 2020.
Here is what we have bought:
209 x Aspen
650 x Downy and Silver Birch
105 x Hawthorn
300 x Sessile Oak
96 x Blackthorn
396 x Hazel
144 x Common Alder
157 x Guelder Rose
We will keep you informed when planting starts and will produce a photo-gallery.