Last year, as part of our continued commitment to protecting the environment, we became Rowan members of the Woodland Trust. So, we thought we’d give you all a little update on this!
As we draw closer to the cold, wintery months, plenty of you will be thinking about starting up your wood-burners again. Of course, we’re massive advocates of this and can’t wait to have lovely cosy toes in front of the wood-burner ourselves. But, we’re passionate about ensuring we’re doing this in the eco-friendliest way possible.
The Woodland Trust work to protect, restore and create woodland across the UK. Their vision is clear – a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. Together with the help of over 500,000 members, they campaign to save threatened woodland, fight to breathe new life into ancient woods, and aim to enrich local landscapes by planting thousands of hectares of new woodland. From the donation provided by us, the Woodland Trust will provide a community group with enough trees to plant two acres of woodland on their own land.
By planting more trees, it ensures a sustainable amount of quality wood, without damaging the environment. Good quality wood is important for several reasons, but most importantly, dry wood is essential for the most eco-friendly burn. Burning the best quality dry wood ensures a clean burn with maximum heat output. Burning wet wood can result in poor quality combustion and increased smoke, as energy is used to burn the excess water contained in the logs. Also, your stove won’t burn the tars and creosote in the smoke produced by the fire, which can cause a dangerous build-up in your flue pipes and chimney. Burning unseasoned wood can also contribute to pollution, with high levels of particulate emissions. Take a look at our guide to identifying good firewood for more useful tips.
By supporting the Woodland Trust, we’re helping to ensure a sustainable availability of quality wood, whilst continuing to push our enthusiasm for making wood-burning stoves a green-energy solution for the 21st century.
To find out more about our environmental mission, check out our new web page.