I hope this letter finds you and your family keeping safe and well.

Within Heartwood we have been working on a number of very significant developments that affect everyone within the group. All have been discussed at length by the committee, with this email being a resultant action of that discussion. Ordinarily we would have called an extraordinary or special meeting to bring everyone together, but circumstances mean we must communicate with everyone by whatever means we can.

What's going on?

Well this wasn't in the plan! The end of season arrived rather abruptly as you will all be aware, leaving us a little caught out with finishing off what we were doing. The grant work at Woodcote was completed, but we were working on how we could support the final few sessions there and at Donisthorpe. We had a plan, but sadly we had to close down very suddenly. We have left both sites in a safe and tidy state, but with a little timber remaining - we will try to extract that during the down-season if restrictions lift, taking any residual timber up to CEEP for group use, otherwise it will be a good start for next season.

Planning for next season continues on the assumption we will resume as usual, but some of the activities we were hoping to run during the next few months are on hold. I will continue to communicate the situation to you all through this newsletter and the Facebook Group. Do share what you are up to with us all, I'm sure there is lots of firewood to process!


What's going on?

As always just after the New Year the season seems to be running away with us. The good news is we are on target to complete our committed work and even better news we have many new members. Induction of new members has been steady at most sessions this season meaning we continue to grow - just taking a look at the stats this year shows how we have moved on since last year.

Another aspect we also need to focus on at this time of year is next season. The committee have been working hard to agree how we want to use our fantastic resource next season. This means which woodlands we will be working in, how many sessions will there be and how does that fit with our mission and vision. More about that below.

We will also continue to focus on Heartwood HQ where we want too create a relaxed woodland environment for our members and their families to spend time. Again more on that below

Thank you all for your support in everything we do, it's very rewarding to work with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people.


What's going on?

It's been a while since the last newsletter, mainly due to the start of the season and the work involved in making the sessions happen. There have been lots of changes this year in how the sessions are planned, booked, managed and attended, so plenty to do.

We are already halfway through the season. The weather has been pretty wet, but our sessions have all been held and well attended. The last session before Christmas on the 17th will be the 14th so far. A more detailed update on sessions below.

Can I take this opportunity on behalf of the whole Heartwood team to wish you a fantastic Christmas relaxing in front of those log fires dreaming of bow saws and brash piles. Have a lovely time and look forward to the second half of the season which starts on the 4th January.


A Free Taster Event With
Heartwood Community Woodfuel Group

Registration for this event is now closed, if you would like to get involved please go to our Membership page.

If you have a wood burner and would like access to free logs from sustainable sources within the National Forest, why not come along to Donisthorpe Woodland Park to see how joining Heartwood Community Woodfuel Group can help you.

The event will run between 10:00 and 14:00 on Sunday 15rh December 2019 during which time you can get a feel for how we work and what the benefits of joining us can be.