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NEWS RELEASE No: 1451117 MARCH 2011

Yellow pages style guide to help kindle woodfuel market

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Mark Cunliffe - Lister : Lord Masham with wood chips from felled local timber used to heat Swinton Park Hotel near Masham

The Forestry Commission has launched a Yellow Pages style guide to help woodland owners and potential users of eco boilers get into woodfuel.

The Yorkshire and Humber Woodfuel Directory details boiler suppliers and installers, along with local sources of sustainable timber, pellets and firewood.

Forest chiefs say local demand for woodfuel will grow by up to 25% in coming years - schools, offices, hotels and factories as well as homeowners are all looking to the woods as energy costs soar. 

Rudie Humphrey, Woodfuel Co-ordinator with the Forestry Commission in Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

“Last week the Government revealed details of the new Renewable Heat Initiative which will give woodfuel users a cash incentive to replace fossil fuel supplies.  Taking the eco-friendly option will become even more financially attractive. But what’s needed is good local information on how to take this route, whether it's woodland owners wanting to supply timber, or people looking to buy boilers.  This guide fills that gap.”

The guide can be downloaded  at

Note to Editor

Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

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