TreeStation, the north of England’s only cooperatively owned tree and timber business have launched a community share offer and are having an Open Day on Saturday 12 July from 12 noon to 4pm.
Based in Vaughan Street in Gorton, Manchester, TreeStation, pioneers in urban woodland management, are opening up their yard to the public.
There’ll be demonstrations of firewood processing, coppice crafts and chainsaw carving, small bouncy castle and a chance to find out more about the community share offer.
The aim is to raise £230K, which will go towards purchasing an 180kW biomass boiler and a wood drying kiln.
Director Patrick Morello said: “The more wood we’re able to dry and process on site, the more we can reduce our carbon footprint and maximise our available timber. Most wood from trees is chipped and sent to power stations.
“This is a colossal waste of local resources. We’d rather dry the wood and turn it into firewood and sawn timber, which can be used more efficiently to generate heat for local homes, or to make furniture.”