We've received a number of queries around the new COVID-19 restrictions and how they potentially affect our sessions. The guidance has been updated as of 9th Sept and groups of more than 6 are still permitted for voluntary work so there is no change for Heartwood:

"2.10 When can I gather in groups of more than 6?"

"There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:
......
for work, and voluntary or charitable services”

For those wishing to see the reference, it's can be found on this link: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

A Free Taster Event With
Heartwood Community Woodfuel Group

Due to populate demand we've added another Taster Day on Sunday 1st November 2020


If you have a wood burner and would like access to free logs from sustainable sources within the National Forest or have an interest in helping maintain some of the woodlands in the National Forest, then why not register to attend our Taster session to see how joining Heartwood Community Woodfuel Group can help you.

The event will run between 10:00 and 14:00 on Sunday 1st November 2020 at our wood near Lount in North West Leicestershire, during which time you can get a feel for how we work and what the benefits of joining us can be. You don't need to attend a Taster Day to join Heartwood Community Woodfuel Group, just head over to our Membership page for more information. 

A Free Taster Event With
Heartwood Community Woodfuel Group

Due to populate demand we've added another Taster Day on Sunday 1st November 2020, click here to read about this event.


If you have a wood burner and would like access to free logs from sustainable sources within the National Forest or have an interest in helping maintain some of the woodlands in the National Forest, then why not register to attend our Taster session to see how joining Heartwood Community Woodfuel Group can help you.

The event will run between 10:00 and 14:00 on Sunday 27rh September 2020 at our wood near Lount in North West Leicestershire, during which time you can get a feel for how we work and what the benefits of joining us can be. You don't need to attend a Taster Day to join Heartwood Community Woodfuel Group, just head over to our Membership page for more information. 

What's going on?

The move to our new woodland base is now becoming a reality, pre-work has been done by members at the recent working parties and we have grand plans for the site, so please get involved, it's a site we can all have input to and a site we can all make use of.

The committee has continued to meet over the lock-down period by audio conference where we have had the usual heavy load of subjects to discuss. The July meeting focussed on our group strategy, with our organisational structure an important topic.

Training is up and running, with chainsaw refreshes taking place soon and the first aid training Helen has planned almost upon us.

It was sad that TIMBER didn't happen this year, the weather on the planned weekend wasn't the best, but the National Forest and Wild Rumpus have put a great deal of effort into keeping the festival alive this year and already have next year in hand.

As always don't hesitate to contact us regarding any aspect of the group, your opinions and ideas are always valued.

Kevin

What's Going On?

First of all apologies for the gap in newsletters. There has been a number of important projects ongoing over the last few months which are now stable and mature enough to give you an update.

The abrupt end of the season in March meant we didn't really wrap-up in the usual way and contact with everyone has been difficult, but we have some exciting news on a number of fronts which we can now share with you and hopefully get your views on.

The group is going from strength to strength, our reputation as a volunteer woodland management organisation has ensured we have been able to create and grow excellent working relationships with The National Forest Company, The Woodland Trust, NWLDC and lately the Blunt family who own huge swathes of woodland in the Coleorton and Staunton Harold estates.

The production of charcoal has expanded out of all proportion mainly due to the co-operative relationship we have with Darren at "Abell-To". The market for charcoal has been developed and is now providing a strong income stream for the group.

If anyone would like to discuss any aspect of the group please feel free to contact or call me at any time.

Kevin