We have made the difficult decision to stop offering seasoned firewood for delivery direct from the estate.
In May 2021, The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force. We find ourselves in the position of being too large to fall below the threshold of registration, but too small to make it viable to register with the regulatory body; it would push the price of our loads up to beyond what we feel is reasonable. The regulation is there for a good reason (to improve the quality of firewood in the market), but it is clearly very disappointing that it has had the effect of forcing us out of the market. We are very proud of the quality of our hardwood for firewood fuel, but from hereon will be selling it wholesale direct to the bigger operators who have the scale to cope with the regulatory burdens.
This is not necessarily a “forever” decision. As this is a new piece of legislation, we will watch with interest to see how the market adapts over this winter, and if we can find a way to ensure continued compliance in a way that doesn’t hike up the prices too much, we will let you know.
Sincere thanks for your custom over the years.