What is it?

A wood allotment gives you a carefully marked number of trees to chop down yourself for firewood in a local woodland that is in need of thinning.

You get glorious fresh air and exercise, as well as locally sourced, sustainable logs. And it's great for the woodland too, letting more light in so that flora and fauna can thrive.

 

How to get started:

  • Use our map to find a wood allotment near you and give the landowner a call.
    Access this website on your computer and use our map to find a wood allotment near you.
  • Book in a date for a short training session with the landowner.
  • Now you're ready to cut your allotted trees and take home your well-earned logs.
Want more info? Read our full Q&A

Questions and answers:

Why should I be interested?
Having a wood allotment means you can enjoy being in the outdoors doing something really satisfying. It's sociable, great exercise and a supreme stress-buster, as well as giving you a supply of locally-sourced firewood.

How much does it cost?
The going rate at each wood allotment varies - please ask the landowner for more details about fees.

What tools do I need?
You'll need a bow saw, billhook, loppers and safety boots. Some landowners may be able to loan or hire out tools.

How many trees can I cut down per year?
This will vary from site to site, and will also depend on how much time you have available to devote to your wood allotment.

How much wood is in each of my trees?
As a rule of thumb, each tree in a wood allotment may yield roughly the same volume of wood as a standard net of logs available at a garage.

What time of year can I cut my trees?
September to March, inclusive.

Is the wood that I cut ready to use straight away?
No - the wood needs to be kept to dry out, so you will need somewhere to store it. The wood you cut now is to be burned the following year.

Is there a licence?
Some sites offer wood allotment licences (similar to a vegetable allotment licence). This licence is with the landowner of the woodland.

How do I get started?
Find a wood allotment near you on our map. Each listing has the landowner's contact details so that you can get in touch with them to find out more. Access this website on your computer and use our map to find a wood allotment near you. Each listing has the landowner's contact details so that you can get in touch with them to find out more.

I'm a woodland owner - how can I be part of this?
If you are a woodland owner with a small, young plantation requiring thinning, then The Mersey Forest can provide the necessary licences, training and access to potential "allotmenteers". Get in touch to find out more.

 

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