Thank you to everyone who contacted me in response to the first of these bulletins: it is heartening that so many Oxfordshire residents are interested in woodfuel.
The Oxfordshire Woodfuel Programme now has a website which provides lots of advice on growing, cutting, storing and burning woodfuel: www.oxonwoodfuel.org.uk.
I will be running a series of one-day woodfuel-related study visits on 15 April, 13 May and 8 June. They cost £25 each. More information is available on the website.
The Oxfordshire Woodland Project is running workshops on woodland management: see www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/woodland-workshops.
I am hoping to set up some ‘logs for labour’ matches. If you are a woodland owner who could use some free help with woodland management in return for people taking some firewood (labour for your logs), or a group of people who would like to work outdoors in return for some firewood (logs for your labour), please get in touch with me.
The moisture level of woodfuel is important: a freshly cut log at 50% moisture has only about half the energy content of an equivalent well-seasoned log at 20% moisture. The woodfuel programme has a moisture metre that you are welcome to borrow.
Grants: Households that do not have central heating and install a biomass boiler before the end of March can get a £950 grant. Woodland owners who need to put in roads to extract woodfuel can get a grant that covers up to 60% of the cost. Please contact me if you need help with these, or with any other aspect of woodfuel.
Riki Therivel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01865 243488