Current Devon-wide partnership projects
Devon Hedge Group – a forum of organisations and individuals interested in working together to promote the appreciation and conservation of hedges found across the county.
Devon woodland groups
CulmWoods Woodland CoOp -Members of the group will have access to woodfuel in exchange for work, pro rata, with all machinery operated by certificated members and contractors, all fire wood quality going to the membership
Neroche Woodlanders – is a social enterprise representing a collaborative partnership between local people, independent practitioners, and the Forestry Commission. From a modest beginning the project hopes to expand its provision of timber, firewood and processed timber products from Young Wood over the coming years. Find out more at the Neroche Woodlanders’ website.
Dartmoor Wood Fuel CoOp – was setup in 2009, the aim of the project is to encourage local boiler installations and woodland owners to collaborate which will enable us to take the co-operative forward in promoting bio-mass and the environmental benefit.
Axewoods CoOp – is well established and working in private woodland. Funded by Making It Local.
Please send links to any other projects to firstname.lastname@example.org. Apologies for any out of date links.
Hedge fund report – CPRE, alongside the Organic Research Centre, have recently released a hedge fund report, finding that boosting hedgerows by 40% would create 25,000 jobs. The executive summary and a press release are available to read to see how, for every £1 invested in hedgerows, as much as £3.92 is generated for the wider economy.
Review of wood stove air pollutants – Following concerns about air pollutants released from wood stoves being so damaging to human health as to be a major concern, Devon County Council commissioned the Centre for Energy and the Environment, Exeter University, to undertake a review in 2018
Devon Woodfuel meetings
- 2015 – The Devon Hedge Group facilitated a workshop with partners to co-ordinate activity relating to producing woodfuel from small farm woodlands and hedges, ensuring that funding opportunities are not overlooked or missed. The notes from woodfuel workshop
- 2014 – Partners were brought together in to link-up woodfuel projects and funding bids that are already being developed in Devon, and to determine where support gaps exist in previous projects’ delivery. Notes from the woodfuel meeting are available to read back.
Developing the Timber Economy. An outline funding bid for European funding to support the forestry sector developed by LNP Partners and the Forestry Task & Finish sub-group of the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Rural Special Interest Group with support from the Silvanus Trust. Whilst the bid wasn’t successful the information collated may be useful for future bids.
Renewable Heat@Work – run by Devon County Council, RegenSW and the Forestry Commission during 2013, offered business engagement events and a Biomass Boiler Open Day which attracted businesses and residents to visit 30 boiler installations in Devon.
South West Bio Heat Programme – launched in 2007 with funding from the South West of England Regional Development Agency and the Forestry Commission. The programme included demand creation, biomass fuel supply and training and skills development all summarised in a South West Bio Heat report.
Working Our Woodlands – brought more private woodland in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon area into management. From Nov 2009-Oct 2011 the Silvanus Trust worked in partnership with the Blackdowns and East Devon Woodland Association to operate effectively in the area. The project continued as part of Beef, Butterflies and Trees.
Devon Ward Forester – was launched in spring 2010 by Devon County Council and the Forestry Commission. It brought clusters of woodland areas together to achieve economies of scale, access new markets and ensure supply for the growing woodfuel market. Over 3,800 hectares of woodland within Devon is part of the project.
Beef, Butterflies and Trees – provided locally-owned advice, training and support from January 2012 to December 2013 for land owners, managers and contractors involved with woodland, wet heaths and old pastures within the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB.
The Sustainable Energy Across the Common Space (SEACS) – project ran from 2011 – 2014. It established the South West Devon Community Energy Partnership, the North Devon Biosphere Energy Partnership and a community energy group called 361 Energy active around Ilfracombe and Braunton. An exchange visit on wood fuel was arranged with project partners in Brittany who are interested in promoting wood fuel and have a long history of managing hedgerows and small woodland. Learning from the SEACS partners’ experience of managing hedgerows, promoting domestic scale boilers, and using biomass boilers in public buildings has been shared. The project’s experience of enabling communities and schools to take control of their energy future were turned into an online toolkit
The Devon County Council Biomass Study was undertaken by the South West Energy Centre to identify lessons learnt from biomass support undertaken between 2012-2014, provide an overview of current support and interventions available, identify the main needs of business, produce a draft design for project(s) to support the biomass sector, and identify any other potential areas of support required.
The Biomass Energy Centre – the UK government information centre for the use of biomass for energy in the UK.
Wood Heat Association A group of wood heat companies from the fuel supply chain and installer base have come together to establish a single trade body to represent this growing industry. The founding Directors include Sam Whatmore of Devon-based Forest Fuels.
Recent publications from the South Devon Woodfuel Hub include this Hedges for Heat factsheet. The aim of this factsheet is to stimulate more interest in biomass from hedges and small woodlands.