November 2012

Contract win – Suffolk Schools wood fuel supply contract

We are delighted to have won the competitive tender process to supply wood fuel to over 20 schools throughout the County. This contract, which starts on 7th January, will see us delivering both wood chip and wood pellet to Primary and Secondary schools all over rural Suffolk.

Howard Towns, Operations Manager responsible says “We are really pleased to have won this contract, to enable us to expand further in the area. Both the Quality and price elements of our tender were scored the highest of all tenderers - so we won on quality as well as on price. We look forward to working with the schools over the coming years and developing our business further in East Anglia”.


 July 2012 

Bionova takes Forest Fuels to 6 Peaks

Bionova Recycling's MD Clive Tayton ( completed the 6 peaks challenge. Bionova - a leading supplier and installer of food waste to energy systems which are often co-fuelled with supply from Forest Fuels’ wood chip and wood pellet - has installations across the country.

This event, which had the worst recorded weather weekend recorded for 130 years, saw 11 teams start the challenge of climbing all 6 highest peaks within the Kingdoms of the British Isles... in 24 hours. 11 teams started out and only 9 finished, with Clive’s team being one of those which completing it.

Clive carried a Forest Fuels flag to the top of all 6 peaks! The event was to raise money for Water Aid (


 5th June 2012

Forest Fuels in Bristol

Forest Fuels has been active in Bristol and South Gloucestershire for several years and we now supply over 15 boilers in the area on long term contract. In the winter we are doing 4 or 5 deliveries every day from our local depot at Thornbury, delivering Premium Grade wood chip out to local boilers.

We have built long-term relationships with timber growers, woodland management companies, timber harvesting contractors and sawmills in the area to secure our feedstocks, always have good stocks of in-spec fuel. At the moment we have around 3,000 solid cubic metres of timber drying ready for next winter, and agreements to purchase significant additional volumes. We also have Landowner Partnerships with a range of estates and woodland management companies in the area.

Will Frost is the Operations Manager responsible for contracts in the area, assisted by Jacqui Bond in the office. They can be contacted on 01179 115 711. We rent the depot at Thornbury from Martin Gill on a long term agreement, and Martin and his team Graham and Ross do some of the wood chip deliveries.

Our local customers include a large number of schools in the City of Bristol, Gloucestershire and Bristol and Bath Science Park.


 31st May 2012

New contract - Plymouth Life Centre

We are delighted to have signed a contract to supply wood fuel to the Plymouth Life Centre, a large newly built leisure and sports facility in Plymouth.

This contract will see us supplying around 1500m3 of wood chip per year for the next few years, heating the facility with renewable heat and helping our client reduce carbon emissions. This amazing new facility has a swimming pool, climbing wall and a wide range of other healthy activities and is already incredibly popular with visitors.


 15th May 2012

Howard Towns represents Forest Fuels on the UK Pellet Council

Howard, English Wood Fuels Ltd General Manager, has been elected to the Steering Group of the UK Pellet Council.

The UK Pellet Council was set up following an industry meeting on 17 November 2011 and is hosted by the REA. Its objectives are;

  • To provide a single body to represent the best interests of all parties directly involved in the UK pellet trade from biomass of any source
  • To oversee UK implementation of the European Pellet Council’s ENplus scheme, as UK licence holder
  • To publicise biomass heating to the general public via marketing and PR
  • To evaluate and provide educational material for members and to the general public with regard to best practice for installations, supply arrangements, and fuel quality
  • To be a forum for dispute resolution between members or groups of members
  • To monitor Government policy and liaise with Government departments, interested parties, focus groups, and the wider REA with regard to pelletised biomass

We are delighted that Howard is able to represent the Forest Fuels team on this.


 30th March 2012

Purchase of English Wood Fuels Ltd

We are delighted to announce that Forest Fuels has purchased English Wood Fuels Ltd – a specialist wood fuel supply business operating in East Midlands, East Anglia and Central England from four local depots.

Howard Towns the General Manager will continue to run the business on a day to day basis, based from our new regional office near Melton Mowbray. English Wood Fuels has four depots, meaning we now cover a large party of the country from 15 local depots. We are looking to develop and build on the excellent relationships English Wood Fuels has with customers and suppliers, and it will be very much “business as usual”. English Wood Fuels Ltd will continue as a separate limited company, although in operational terms it will be run as part of Forest Fuels (in the way that Silvapower is), so maximising the sharing of expertise and resources.

Howard can be contacted at:- English Wood Fuels Ltd. Manor Farm, Green Lane, Owston, Oakham, Leicestershire. LE15 8DX. 07846 390477

English Wood Fuels was owned by Rural Energy, part of the Myriad Group. The sale enables them to focus on their core business of capital installation of equipment. English Wood Fuels will continue as the specialist and approved wood fuel supplier to Rural Energy boilers, as well as broadening out its customer base.

We hope that being part of an organisation 100% dedicated to Premium Grade wood fuel will be of benefit to English Wood Fuels customers.


 Forest Fuels has been shortlisted for a British Renewable Energy Award!

The REA runs the annual British Renewable Energy Awards to celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals who have done most to advance renewable energy in the UK. The awards have become one of the most prestigious events in the industry's calendar.

They have just announced the finalists for the 7th Annual Awards in 2012. Forest Fuels is dleighted to have been been shortlisted in the pioneer category and will be competing against companies like Tesco Stores Ltd and Marks and Spencer Plc.

Fingers crossed for when the awards are announced on 21 June 2012!


 March 2012

RHI Payments Increase!

Good news for the renewable heat industry!

Ofgem is obliged to anually adjust the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs in line with retail prices index (RPI). This means the RHI is due to increase by 4.8% on April 1st 2012.

New tariffs:

Tariff Name Tier One - new rounded tariff - p/kWh Tier Two- new rounded tariff - p/kWh
Small Commercial Biomass, <200kWth 8.3 2.1
Medium Commercial Biomass, 200-1,000kWth 5.1 2.1
Large Commercial Biomass, 1,000+kWth 1 -

For further information please contact the Forest Fuels team.


 January 2012

Forest Fuels launch “Pellet Box” - revolutionary new pellet box delivery system.

Forest Fuels has launched a new concept in small-scale pellet delivery – the “Pellet Box”.

Using this revolutionary new system, pellets are delivered to your door in a refillable plastic cartridge of half or one tonne, completely removing the problems inherent in pallets of bagged pellets. There are no plastic bags to open or dispose of; the Pellet Box can sit outside without fear of the pellets being damaged by rain; and reordering is easy.

CLICK HERE for more information.

We are looking for distributors or resellers in the North of England and Scotland for Pellet Box.