The Surrey Hills is one of the most wooded AONBs with almost 40% woodland cover. Woodland is perhaps now the defining feature of the Surrey Hills landscape. This diverse woodland includes; shaws, old coppice, wooded ghylls, parkland trees, small carrs and conifer plantations.
Despite Surrey being Britain’s most wooded county, very little of it’s woodland is managed and the majority of the wood resource goes unused. This has a negative impact on biodiversity and access to the woodland.
There is a rapidly growing local market for wood fuel in the form of logs, wood chip and wood pellets. Surrey’s neglected woodlands therefore present a significant opportunity for the revitalisation of the local economy through the development of a supply of local renewable energy. Take a look at our Wood Fuel in Surrey website for detailed information on wood fuel in the Surrey Hills.
The Surrey Hills Wood Fuel Working Group has been established to encourage people and organisations based in and around the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to adopt wood fuel as their primary method of heating and to use the wood fuel now being produced locally. The group aims to:
“We are the most wooded county in the country, and much of this is secondary and low grade woodland that is ideally suited to wood fuel production. We should be aiming now to be the most wood-heated county in the country.” Michael Sydney, Chairman of the Wood Fuel Working Group.
The Surrey Hills Board also have a full-time Woodland Adviser, Sean Harrison. Sean’s role of woodland advisor is to provide specialist woodland management advice to land owners, land managers and woodland contractors on the appropriate restoration, management and connection of ancient woodlands within the Surrey Hills. Click here to find out more.
Members of the Wood Fuel Working Group
Chairman – Michael Sydney, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Board, Surrey County Councillor and Tandridge District Council.
Support Officer – Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator.
For further information on the Wood Fuel Working Group, please contact Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator on 01372 220 646 or email email@example.com.