Forestry firms lumber up for new business

CHARTERED land and estate agent George F White has announced it will be the main supporters of the very first Northumberland Firewood Fair.

Partner and Auctioneer Tom Oates will oversee all the auction action at Meldon Park, when members of the public will have the unique chance to bid for their winter wood supplies.

Organised by Northwoods – The North East Woodlands Initiative – the fair is only the second event of its kind in the country. Already a host of forestry and timber businesses have pledged their support.

Whatever their requirement, from a few bags of logs up to a full lorry load, buyers will be able to earmark their lots by viewing all the firewood and roundwood before the auction. At the top of everyone’s list will be seasoned hardwood which burns the longest and throws out plenty of heat.

Mr Oates said: “We are delighted when Northwoods asked if we would get involved in the Northumberland Firewood Fair. These may be some of the most unusual lots I have had to auction but it fits perfectly with our company ethos.

“I’m looking forward to the day and I’m sure that there will be a great atmosphere, as not only will people have chance to try and get a bargain on their winter fuel costs but it’s a great way of promoting green energy and an industry which is important to the local economy.

“Wood, if managed properly, is a major source of renewable and relatively cheap energy and has many environmental benefits.

“Firewood suppliers are often involved in tree planting schemes and this is allowing the conservation of our woodland habitats.”

Both timber and green energy are important for the North East as they are amongst the few industrial sectors which are seeing growth.

Director of Northwoods Ben Tansey said: “This event is really important for creating awareness of the timber industry and we are pleased that George F White will be bringing its expertise to the sale, ensuring we have a professional and enthusiastic first auction.”

The Northumberland Firewood Fair opens at 10am on Sunday, October 16 — the main auction begins at noon.

In addition to the firewood auction, there will be a trade show with advice from companies providing wood stoves, boilers and processing equipment to encourage people to make more use of this energy.

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