Defra have announced a consultation on proposals to ‘help households change to cleaner fuels for domestic burning of wood and solid fuels’.
Iain Loasby (of Rivenwood Coppice) has kindly read the consultation document and summarised that the four key points relating to firewood:
- Any legislation is likely to apply across England (this is a devolved issue), not just to London;
- There are no plans to ban firewood or stoves, but;
- No wet wood (>20% MC – unspecified whether this is wet/dry basis) sales to households in volumes smaller than 2m cubed (unspecified if this is ‘loose’/’stacked’/’solid’); and
- There will be a certification scheme for anyone selling firewood to households in volumes smaller than 2m cubed (currently HETAS/Woodsure’s “Ready to Burn” = £100+VAT initial registration, plus ongoing ~£400/year +VAT – click here to view fee structure)
The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 12th October and responses can be submitted via the Natural England website, by email or in writing. More information on the consultation can be found here: