First firewood from Trust’s Glenlude site goes on sale

Woodland regeneration being converted into a natural fuel source thanks to new firewood processor

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The first firewood from the Trust’s site at Glenlude, near Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, is now on sale, following support from the People’s Postcode Lottery and Trust supporters to acquire a firewood processor and a secure storage unit last year.

Karen Purvis, the Trust’s land manager at Glenlude said, “We’ve been stacking up firewood for over 5 years now, but the processor combined with the hands of several of our regular volunteers, means we now have a decent store of soft wood. It’s a mixture of sitka spruce and larch and quite well seasoned.

“It’s been entirely volunteers who’ve been processing the firewood. It takes one person to feed the processer, one to operate it and then one or two fill and stack the sacks. The Trust is extremely grateful to those who’ve been giving their time to do this.”

The gradual removal of the sitka spruce and larch and planting of broadleaf species such as birch, rowan and oak is part of the Trust’s conservation work to turn this former conifer plantation into a rich mosaic of native woodland.

People can buy and collect the firewood at the Trust’s Glenlude property on Thursday’s from 9am to 5pm, though do please contact Karen Purvis before arriving in-case she is working at another part of the site and to ensure we can meet your requirements. It’s £8 for a dumpy bag (90L, 45cm x 45cm x 45cm pictured below) and then £5 for any subsequent re-fills. The smaller ‘onion bags’ are £3 each.  All prices include VAT.

All profits go back into supporting the Trust’s conservation work.

For firewood enquiries contact:

Karen Purvis

Karen.purvis@johnmuirtrust.org

01750 62225 / 07811 354 957 (office hours)

Find out more about Glenlude and the conservation work being done there

Firewood processor bag

Photo credits: Karen Purvis