Collecting and removing firewood. What are the rules?

Collecting and removing firewood. What are the rules?

If you’re on a woodland walk it’s not uncommon to spot a piece of wood on the ground that you think would be perfect for your fire, or even for decoration but it is important to realise that everything within a wood is the property of the woodland owner. As such, removing logs from a wood without the owner’s consent is considered theft. The rise in popularity of woodfuel burners in recent years has seen an increase in the incidents of timber theft in the UK, and it can be a serious problem for landowners.
Decaying wood is an essential part of the woodland habitat, providing a home for lots of species that cannot otherwise survive, as well as recycling nutrients and a whole host of other benefits. There are many insects, fungi, and lichens that need deadwood, and a log is often a micro-habitat full of life.Next time you’re on a walk, get close to some deadwood and see what you can spot. You might see holes drilled by insects, lots of mosses, tiny fungi, even a stag beetle, the larvae of which feed on dead and decaying wood. Different species of tree produce different types of deadwood habitat, so the things you spot growing on one log may be very different to the things you spot on the next log, even within the same wood.
If you need logs for your woodfuel burner, there are many businesses across the UK that produce wood for domestic burning, and you should be able to find one local to you. If you can’t find evidence that the logs are being produced sustainably, don’t be afraid to ask. Most businesses will be happy to discuss their woodland management practices with you if you have any concerns.

National Tree Week 24th Nov to 4th Dec.

First mounted in 1975 National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.
National Tree Week is a great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Each year, The Tree Councils member organisations such as voluntary bodies and local authorities, up to 200 schools and community groups, our 8,000 tree wardens and many others, support the initiative by setting up fun, worthwhile and accessible events, inspiring upward of a quarter of a million people to get their hands dirty and together plant around a million trees.
We have been celebrating the importance of our trees for hundreds of years. Two of our great British trees were even commemorated on British stamps; the Oak tree in February 1973, and this was followed in February 1974 by a stamp featuring the Horse Chestnut tree.
Commonly described as the lungs of the earth, trees are such an important part of the world around us. They provide us with oxygen and are great for animals, birds and insects who need them for food and a home to live in. Did you know that a mature English Oak tree is home to over 284 species of insect alone! And that’s not counting all the other species that the Oak supports.
But with lots of trees being cut down all over the globe we can see that many humans take them for granted.
Although you might think there’s never a tree far away, the truth is that most places in Europe have many more wooded areas than our greenery here.
Every year during National Tree Week, Tree Council organisations, hundreds of schools and others set up fun tree-themed events open to the public.
With stories of rain forest deforestation and destruction seeming to come from so far away, it can be hard to remember that we can make a difference right here on our very door step.

Based in Sevenoaks we can provide tree surgery services across Kent and these areas

We accept tree surgery enquiries from all these areas

Leaf Matters Professional Tree Surgery Ltd are tree surgeons in Sevenoaks offering tree felling, tree clearing, hedge maintenance, pruning and reducing. We are available for tree planting and advice on tree ecology as well as emergency tree work. Based in Sevenoaks we are happy to offer our tree surgery services all around the Sevenoaks area.

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