Working with Amey’s Tree Services Team, the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) and volunteers have sourced air-dried, hardwood firewood sourced from trees felled as part of Peterborough City Council’s on-going conservation and tree maintenance program.
Community Payback then split and bagged the timber into recycled coffee sacks produced by Peterborough Reuse. The coffee bags are created from a waste product, and adults with learning difficulties re-stitch the bags to help them learn new skills.
Peterborough Environment City Trust has worked together with volunteers to enable them to form a community interest company called Nene Coppicing and Crafts, which is now selling the firewood.
“Visitors will be also to buy firewood, produced sustainably from local woodlands,” explains John Wilcockson, PECT’s Woodland Heritage Project Officer. “This activity contributes to a circular economy by converting woodland waste into craft products and firewood.”
All funds generated from the sale of the firewood will be used to support the Nene Coppicing and Crafts voluntary group, who will continue to deliver traditional craft and woodland conservation sessions in Peterborough’s woodlands.
The firewood will be for sale next to Bretton Water Park, where there is vehicular access, between 10am-2pm on Saturday 14th November. For directions: turn into Flaxland which runs behind Bretton shopping centre, take the 2nd left and follow signs for Bretton Water Park. The firewood selling point is at the very end of this road.
The firewood is priced at £5 a bag. For more information, call John Wilcockson on 01733 568408 or visit www.pect.org.uk.