This is not the fault of the organisers of the day. It is apparently the decision of D&G council, which funds the Environment Day. They have declared that they have 'reservations about paying for a non-charitable group to be present even if they had the correct message. They felt that it would discriminate against others selling wood fuel in the region'.
Hmmm....so why is a non-profit making, fully constituted and registered community co-operative group a problem? Had they looked at our About Us page, they could have found a full list of our values and principles, including our commitment to providing education, training and information, plus the following clarification:
""Co-operatives are successful because they provide valuable services and save consumers money. Since the primary goal of cooperatives is to meet needs, not generate profits, they can serve their members at low cost."
We manage our business with a view to generating an environmental, social and financial profit, with financial surpluses reinvested back into the business and to members in the form of subsidised wood fuel."
Come on, D&G Council - catch up with the times: the co-operative model is well known and trusted in other (more enlightened?) parts of the UK...why not here?
Ah well, their loss!