Eucalyptus firewood grown at the UK’s first commercial plantation is now available to purchase from Wildwood Fuel, a family-run business at Treworder Farm close to Wadebridge in north Cornwall.
Courtesy of Wildwood Eucalyptus
The business began in 2014 when work began to diversify the hardwood species grown on the farm. Approximately one tonne of carbon is stored for every two to three cubic metres of eucalyptus grown. The eucalyptus plantation at Treworder Farm is currently absorbing around 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.
All wood produced at Wildwood is dried in a kiln, powered by a biomass boiler. The boiler is fuelled by waste wood from the logging process, making the whole operation carbon neutral. The kiln-drying process reduces the moisture content of the wood to less than 20%, meaning it will burn cleanly without releasing soot or causing tar build ups.
“Eucalyptus trees are the world’s most widely planted plantation species - and for good reasons” said Hugh Davis, who runs Wildwood with his wife Tina. “They grow very quickly compared to other trees - at a rate of up to 40 cubic metres per hectare per annum, compared to around 12 cubic metres for pine, or four cubic metres for ash and oak. Eucalyptus wood also has a high density, which translates to a high calorific value - meaning it burns hot and you will need less wood to generate the same energy. Combined with positive environmental factors, we saw a fantastic opportunity to start producing the incredible trees here in the UK.”
Bryan Elliott of Eucalyptus Renewables - a company set up to deliver a sustainable supply of eucalyptus species to the forestry industry – added that with a shining example of the UK’s first commercial eucalyptus plantation, Hugh is leading a national evolution towards an integrated land use policy through diversified income streams, while growing a sustainable crop with sound silvicultural and ecological credentials.
“The work being done at Treworder Farm will have a genuinely positive impact on the planet” Mr Elliott said.
Having lived in Portugal for seven years and being a victim of Europe\'s biggest wild fire in June 2017 where 64 people died, including friends and neighbours and thousands of hectares of land were destroyed in a night due to widespread planting of eucalyptus I think you seriously need to reconsider what you are doing. Eucalyptus is destroying environments, livelihoods and lives. You only have to look at Australia this summer. It is not only a huge fire hazard, the trees take up vast quantities of water and makes the land it grows on virutally inhabitable by other species of plants, insects and animals - making it a true monoculture species. Look to hemp instead if you really want to help the environment.
I just wanted to say you are making a big mistake eucalyptus grown in monoculture is a destructive force, destroying habitats messing with the water table and creating the perfect condition for crazy wildfires which the tree needs for reproduction