For all those who use logs on their fires and stoves during the winter, a new community interest company – Norfolk Wood Warm CIC – has been established to provide wood fuel on a not-for-profit basis.
The wood fuel is obtained in bulk, seasoned and processed, mainly by volunteers, and supplied in convenient breathable bags that can be moved on a sack barrow and stored until the logs are needed.
Norfolk Wood Warm checks the weight and moisture content and works out how much energy is contained in each bag of logs: customers pay a price per kWh unit.
The new community wood fuel club is looking for local people to come along to help to split, stack, barrow and bag the logs ready for delivery or collection. It is also looking for an enthusiastic person, or small team, to co-ordinate the activities of the group.
People who contribute their time and energy receive a small discount on the cost of logs.
What’s involved? A few hours of fairly physical work, on a weekend, five or six times a year. There are a variety of jobs suitable for all abilities from chain-sawing (for qualified people), splitting, filling wheelbarrows, stacking logs into bags, moving bags on sack barrows. If you are strong enough to pick up a log there will be something you can do to help.
We will provide axes, mauls, barrows, bags, tea, coffee and biscuits; you provide stout shoes, gloves and a packed lunch (if you can stay all day).
You will get fresh air, exercise, community spirit, local news and a supply of good-quality winter logs for the minimum cost (volunteers receive a discount).
Sessions run from 10.30 am to 4 pm at our site just outside Reepham.
There will be a first meeting at 10.30 am on Saturday 25 May 2013 at Whitwell Station cafe, Reepham, where there will be an initial talk about the club, followed by some hearty splitting and bagging of logs. If you would like to come along please let us know.
Chopping dates: Saturday 25 May 2013; Saturday 17 August 2013; Saturday 14 September 2013.
There is no binding commitment and if you have any suggestions or questions please let us know.
Norfolk Wood Warm Team. Tel: 07500 335230. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org