Net Zero Community Timber Yard

Net Zero Community Timber Yard

Lead Organisation: Pigshill and Clarrick Woods CIC

Investment Priority: Community and Place

Fund: Community Capacity Fund

SPF awarded (£): £11,500

Location: Kingsand

Pigshill and Clarrick Woods CIC manages 66 acres of ancient woodland on the Rame Peninsula. They manage and enhance the woodland to create a varied and biodiverse habitat that offers food and shelter to a range of wildlife as well as acting as an important carbon sink.

They would like to site a Net Zero Timber Yard within the woods which will be powered by battery operated machinery charged by renewables wherever possible. They work closely with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the Forestry Commission to ensure that they are leaving sufficient dead fallen wood on the site to benefit wildlife but there are a large number of dead and diseased trees that could provide employment and an additional source of income to the CIC.

The Community Capacity Fund grant will pay for the commissioning of architectural services, including advice on design, technical drawings, surveys and statutory consents including planning permission.

Pigshill and Clarrick Woods CIC have seen a growing demand among local residents for their firewood, charcoal coppice products as well as from local craftspeople and boatbuilders for locally-sourced timber. The timber yard would create a circular nature-based  woodland economy

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