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Hay and Firewood

Hay

£3 large bag (1kg approx), £4  Bale

Firewood & kindling

£5.50 per net, 10 nets for £45 (about 0.4 cu m), 20 nets for £75 (about 0.8cu m)  (includes 1 free net of kindling)
1 net of kindling for £4
Please call in advance if you want to collect 20 nets of firewood, so we can make sure it’s in stock, and waiting for you.

As well as planting trees and creating green spaces, a large part of what we are doing in the Forest of Marston Vale is creating viable forest products from our sites, which create an income for us to continue creating the Forest (and as a result, create more products, etc).
It’s not as complicated as it sounds – basically, we sell firewood and hay, in the Forest Centre, that has come from our own sites. Here’s a bit more about how it works:

Firewood – Wood left over from thinning/coppicing work both at the Grange Estate, and the Millennium Country Park is collected up and processed in our Barn, to become lovely firewood and kindling. The majority of the kindling is Poplar, which we fell a) because it’s non native and b) because in high winds, unsteady Poplars are a bit of a liability, so we fell them to keep everyone safe! There’s a bit more about recent felling on our blog.) Our firewood is mostly ash, cherry, birch, maple, oak and hawthorn.  We used to process the firewood by hand (or by axe, rather) but thanks to some funding last year we were able to buy our equipment, and make the staff and volunteers very happy!

Log deliveries? – We are trying to fund a trailer for delivery of loose logs to the villages immediately surrounding the Forest Centre and hope to have this available for use during the winter of 2016/17. If you’d like to find out more about this service, we’d like to hear from you – please call Darren Woodward on 01234 762603 or darren.woodward@marstonvale.org

Hay – A slightly newer product; our hay is taken from wild flower meadows at the Millennium Country Park, the hay is produced as part of our environmental stewardship agreement and produced without the use of any chemicals. It’s also bagged up (in 100% biodegradable bags, no less) in our Barn, and sold in the Forest Centre.

So if you’re thinking about getting your pet some new bedding, or stoking the fire this winter, make sure you get your hay and firewood from us, and you’ll know that all profits are being used in the creation of the Forest, and therefore more hay and firewood in years to come!

The well planned and sustainable way in which we manage the Trust’s woodlands, together with the high quality and low moisture content of the firewood we sell has paid off. We received Grown in Britain accreditation in 2015. To find out more about British Timber production, and how it can help stimulate the economy, check out the Grown in Britain website.

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