Woodland Workshop – Kindling

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Ever wondered why those nets of kindling you get in the supermarket cost £4 or £5? We think it is definitely worth figuring out how to make your own.
Come along to Fowlshatch Copse on Sunday 21 September 10am  3pm and have a go at developing your skills – safely! We have a number of small axes to be used, but if you have your own bring it along.
Please use the contact form to let us know if you are coming along and how many people. Dogs and children welcome. (We will send a map,and directions!)
Since we cannot all be chopping at the same time, please also bring something to eat and share. Everyone will be able to collect some kindling for free – the cold weather is on its way. Log Bags for sale £3 each.
We are also happy to answer questions about the Logs4Labour events for the 2014-15 season.

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Free Event – Saturday 26 April 10am Woodland Revivial

Join Us!

FREE event!

Join us in Hammer for a Logs4Labour woodland workout.

26 April at 10am – 2ish.
Please let us know if you are coming by using the contact form.

We are delighted to be invited to join Jo and Matt in their woods.
The wood was once part of the Weald Ironworks known as ‘Pophole Hammer’.  Although some evidence of the ironworks can be seen, the area has returned back to native woodland.  2.5 acres of native deciduous trees such as oak, willow, beech, lime, hazel & birch.  We will be helping clear and manage the woods.
Logs will be available for a small donation at the end.

Bring gloves, wear boots and bring loppers if you have them, although we will have some tools available. Drinks and cakes provided, please bring a packed lunch. See you there!
Click here for more details.

Events for Spring Greens!

Woodland  Taster Event – Saturday 22 March Woodland event 10am – 2pm

Imbhams Farm, off HoldfastHhh logo v 2
Lane, GU272EX

All welcome to a family oriented event in Spring Copse on Imbhams Farm.
An opportunity to visit the woods and participate in a logging session,
with a special activity for children.

The Imbhams Farm scheme offers storage facilities for logs and will
particularly suit those who do not have an area for storing and seasoning

Start 10am. Park and meet at the old dairy buildings for coffee and

10.30am: Explanation of Imbhams Farm wood fuel scheme and wood store

11am: Walk short distance to view Spring Copse and see woodland features
and work to be done.

11.30 onwards: Hands-on working log session. Activity for children with

1pm: Camp fire and stop for picnic lunch if required – bring your own

1.30-2pm: Sign up for Imbhams wood fuel scheme if required.

It will be helpful  if you could let us know in advance
if you are coming,  email :        furnaceplace @gmail.com

or call Margaret Barlow on
07776 257 521


Free (or heavily discounted) logs

Available to members of the Community Wood-fuel group next Saturday 8 March! 10am until 2pm, in Fowlshatch Copse near Grayswood.  Everyone is welcome to come and see how we work. Use the form on the Contact Us tab to let us know you are coming.Supported by Transition Haslemere, Chiddgreen and The National Trust at Swan Barn Farm.  We have three woodlands where we harvest wood, and many more things besides. Fill your boot for a donation of £10. Or we have places where you can store the wood until next season.

Membership of the Hub is £40 – you may come to 2 events before we ask you to join.

Information Logging Event at Fowlshatch Copse
Location and Directions Fowlshatch Copse GU27 Prestwick Lane. Parking is in the entrance to Frillinghurst Wood. Walk 50 M east towards Chiddingfold and follow arrows to find the activity
Date and Time

Saturday 8 March  2014  10am until 2pm

Contact Co-ordinators: Jane and Bruce Devlin (owners)   mobile 07554 371954
Tasks and equipment Thinning conifers, splitting logs.  We will use: loppers, small ax, bilhook, saw, rake, ratchet winch and straps. Please bring your own if you can.Activities for children – collecting pinecones – bring a big bag/trug/basket.A tour of the woods and lunch around a bonfire included.
Objective Generate soft wood cords for seasoning; splitting/stacking logs
Nice to know The wood is a Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) with an approved Management Plan for restoration. Native deciduous trees will replace the conifers. In the next few months, some Nordman Spruce for harvesting as Christmas trees will be planted in a small area: members can help with planting and nurturing their own tree(s) for a small fee.
Logs Due to terrain, the timber will be cut into cords of 1.2 m (4 ft lengths) for stacking and seasoning. Later in the season, November 2014, these will be transported to nearer the gate area, for cutting into logs for collection by members. Or you can take home cords or logs in your car. £10 donation requested (£15 for a big car!)


General Event Information

It is recommended that you wear sturdy shoes/boots and have a pair of gardening-gloves.

Some tools are available to borrow, but it is helpful if you bring your own hand tools on the list if you have them

Only hand tools are allowed for insurance reasons.

Under-16s are welcome as long as they are supervised by a responsible adult. Dogs are welcome, unless the event details give reasons for excluding them.

Refreshments: please bring snacks, water to drink, and lunch if appropriate.

Community Wood-fuel Launched

The first ‘Logs for Labour scheme was a great success on Saturday 15 February, despite stormy weather.

The idea, supported by Transition Haslemere and Chiddgreen, is aimed at bringing local woodlands into sustainable management, and providing a source of affordable and renewable fuel.

25 volunteers joined Jane and Bruce Devlin in their woods near Grayswood to help move and process fallen trees into suitable logs for wood-burners. All those who wanted logs loaded up their cars, and there were still logs galore left at the end. Surplus logs are available to members to collect for a donation.

Membership costs £40 for 2014, and a donation of £10 is suggested for a ‘boot-full’ of logs. Money is spent on necessary chain-saw work to make the woods safe for volunteers, basic equipment like saws and loppers used at events, and to cover the cost of refreshments.

The next events are planned on Saturday 8 March, and Saturday 22 March. More information on the Transition Haslemere or Chiddgreen websites.

If you have some woodland and you can offer logs in exchange for help, the organisers would love to hear from you.


A joint ‘Logs for Labour’ Scheme supported by Chiddgreen and Transition Haslemere

Loads of Wood - The Original Renewable Fuel
Loads of Wood – The Original Renewable Fuel

2nd Electric bike evening

Smiles All Around The Green

Many Thanks to all who came to help, and joined in.

Steve from Powarider brought several models, and we had at least three local owners of bikes who happily answered questions.

If you missed the event and would like to know more, or arrange a ‘private ride’ with Powarider, please send an email to info@chiddgreen.org.uk .

Photos of the event will be available shortly.

Going head as Planned!

Despite the rubbish weather we have been having recently, we are going ahead with the event. The forecast for later today is ‘showers’ – we could be lucky!

Powarider have kindly confirmed they will be there with several different bikes to try.

If there are heavy downpours, we will be in The Crown, and will be happy to chat about bikes at the very last.

See you there – Jane

This will be our second electric bike evening, where you can try out different electric bikes, ask questions and get answers from both local owners and a local supplier.


Wood Burners talk and AGM 14th March 2012

Write-up ( to be published in the Parish Magazine in April 2012)

Three speakers provided an informative insight into three aspects of wood- as a fuel,  and wood burning stoves.

Jane Devlin provided the environmental perspective, Rob Walker of Penang Farm talked us through all the aspects of supplying top-quality sustainable wood-fuel and Alex from Bramdean Stoves answered questions about installation, maintenance and servicing of wood-burners.

Did you know that Surrey is the most densely wooded county in England with almost 23% woodland cover compared to the average 11%? But the fragmented nature of ownership of these woodland makes it difficult to open up the woodfuel supply market: in the South East region, 40% of the woodland is owned by around 14,000 individual private owners and farms.  Well-managed woodland can provide sustainable fuel that avoids the damaging carbon emissions caused by burning fossil fuels like coal. More than that, well-managed woodlands are perfect places for wildlife and biodiversity, which in turn make them wonderful for recreation, too.  Also covered –  how to zone your home using wood-burners to reduce costs and carbon emissions, and all about local initiatives in the Surrey Hills AONB to initiate more woodland management for wood-fuel and biodiversity.

Harvesting the wood and turning it into logs involves some big, and expensive machines. Rob Walker showed a set of slides illustrating how the process of seasoning takes up to two years. He brought samples and explained how different species of tree – oak, ash, beech, sweet chestnut and even eucalyptus – are stored and cut, transported and stacked for the best results. Rob gave lots of tips to note when buying logs, such as checking the size of the load,

what price to expect for different qualities. Moisture content of freshly cut wood or  ‘green’ is about 40% which means it will not burn easily, if at all. By leaving the timber to dry out over a season or two in specially designed sheds with open slats for air circulation, the moisture content decreased to 20%, and the calorific value, or heat it generates when burned increases. He recommends having a moisture meter to verify moisture content. This hand held, battery operated device costs about £20.

Alex from Bramdean Stoves is well-used to answering questions from customers in the showroom in Haslemere. With lots more questions from the floor, all the important aspects of choosing the right sized stove for your room, installing a chimney or flue liner, and ensuring that the relevant building regulations are complied with. He explained that chimneys older than 10 years were built before the current Building Regulations requirement for a concrete of ceramic flue liner came in, and will definitely need a liner. The construction and intallation incorporates insulating the chimney from the metal liner to avoid the corrosive effect of heat on brickwork and mortar. Unlined chimney problems include tars seeping through the mortar and plaster, causing unsightly staining which is almost impossible to remedy. A lined flue  improves the ‘draw’ and helps to minimise condensation of flue gasses onto the sides.  He told us about the importance of  using a HETAS certified installer. If your flue liner were to to be accidental installed upside-down for instance, the chimney might  clog up with condensing flue gases and catch fire. Sweeping the chimney though the stove is straight forward, even if the pipe doesn’t look straight. connector pipes are designed to allow access for cleaning and maintenance There is very little to go wrong with a wood-burner, even the fire-bricks can be replaced easily for about £20. We talked about air vents and controlling the heat output of wood-burners. They are about 80% efficient, compared with an open fireplace at about 20%. This means that too much heat might be a problem, but Alex explained how he manages to regulate the heat output of the stove in the showroom by varying the amount of fuel in the stove, and by controlling airflow.

Many Thanks to Rob and to Alex for an excellent and thorough coverage of  using wood and wood-burners to heat your home.

Jane Devlin 21 March 2012