Using wood to heat homes and workplaces in the Cairngorms National Park makes perfect sense since there’s a great source available on the doorstep.
Wood doesn’t cause global warming; fossil fuels such as coal and oil do. Rather than being a source of greenhouse gases, wood from sustainably managed forests is carbon neutral, which means it doesn't add to the total amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
This is because the carbon dioxide, released by a tree when it is burned, is the same as it absorbs when it is growing. Trees cut down for fuel are replaced and woods are managed to provide a continual supply of wood, places for people to enjoy and a range of habits for wildlife.
Increasing numbers of woods and forests in the area are being managed to provide a reliable source of fuel for homes and businesses in the Park. People in towns and villages are seeking opportunities to work with landowners in setting up community firewood schemes.
Sourcing firewood locally cuts down on fuel miles. It’s cheaper, and using wood means householders and businesses can budget better for heating costs without worrying about the fluctuating price of oil.
From buying woodchip in bulk from local estates to disovering small scale log supplies from farm and community woodlands, using local woodfuel boosts the local economy.