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    Weʼve raised £800 to buy a charcoal kiln to make good use of waste woodland material from our project to restore a hazel coppice in Northumberland

    Tyne Valley, Northumberland
    Funded on Friday, 23rd August 2019

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    Restoring a Hazel Coppice in Tyne Valley

    Just under a year ago I agreed a licence to look after 7 hectares of neglected hazel coppice. I had discovered this wonderful area of coppice, with indicators of ancient woodland and saw it could serve as an example of the traditional woodland management system known as "coppicing".

    I divided the area into eight "coops" and have just spent this last winter coppicing the first coop - getting useful woodland products such as bean rods, pea sticks, hedging stakes, walking sticks etc, as well as opening up the woodland floor to light, to encourage wildflowers and further bio-diversity.

    As the coppice had been neglected for some years, there was a large amount of "over-sized" wood in this first cut - and now I want to convert this material into charcoal, to create another traditional woodland product.

    I have been offered a secondhand charcoal kiln that is in very good condition and have also just completed a course in charcoal making. I am looking forward to starting to make "local" charcoal, which is a more ethical, sustainable cooking product than most charcoal sold on the UK market.

    The money raised will allow me to buy this kiln (a double ring 6 foot kiln - technical bit), and it will also cover the cost of transport to the woodland site, and the purchase of the few ancillary items I will need in the setting up of the kiln and starting the process of making charcoal.

    Any woodland is a great place for volunteers to work - they can learn about traditional skills and practical management work, and charcoal making will be one such task. It also offers the chance for people to explore a new environment and can provide well-being and mindfulness - away from the daily life.

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    • Mark  Shipperlee6 months ago
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      6 months ago

      Wow, we are two thirds of the way there - all we need is one more push & I can get the kiln delivered & order the extra tools etc. It would be great if we can make charcoal before the longest day - then celebrate with a BBQ on the day when the sun stays longest in our sky! If you are local or in the area, it would be really great if you wanted to call by a get a bag once production has started, as gift for your support. I am excited by the change in the woodland already - we did some drone shot last week - which showed us a new perspective

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    Supporters

    19

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 31, 2019

    • George Schipor

      George Schipor

      May 30, 2019

      Keep up the good work Mark!

      £100.00

    • Paul Foreman

      Paul Foreman

      May 26, 2019

      All the best from Paul & Sarwat

      £25.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 21, 2019

      Nearly there!

    • Andrew Michie

      Andrew Michie

      May 9, 2019

      Hope to see you in the woods this summer

      £20.00

    • Terri

      Terri

      May 9, 2019

      Well done Mark, keep up the great work

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 8, 2019

      Good luck!

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    Mark  Shipperlee

    Mark Shipperlee

    Tyne Valley, Northumberland

    Mark is a self employed woodland worker, frequently running voluntary work projects in woodlands, as well growing his own food and being involved in the teaching and promotion of permaculture.

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