Forest Fuels' Bella Craddock named finalist in British Renewable Energy Award

REA LogoForest Fuels' Customer Account Manager, Bella Craddock has reached the final stages after being selected for this prestigious award. Run by the Renewable Energy Association the awards recognise and pay tribute to people and organisations who have made a significant contribution to renewable energy.

Bella is shortlisted to potentially become crowned in the category Young Renewable Energy Professional. 

Forest Fuels Bella CraddockThe award will go to the person whom the judges consider to be the individual within the first 5 years of their career in renewable energy, who has already achieved success/impact and who has shown potential as a future leader in the industry.

On hearing the news of her achievement, Bella said, "I'm so pleased, it's really flattering to be recognised and put up for any award but to make it to the final of the British Renewable Energy Awards is absolutely wonderful news."Peter Solly Managing Director of Forest Fuels

Peter Solly, Managing Director of Forest Fuels said: “We’re thrilled that Bella has been shortlisted for this prestigious British Renewable Energy Award. It’s deserved recognition for her hard work and commitment in the biomass sector.

As well as being an extremely talented member of our team, Bella’s integrity shines through with all of the customers she helps in her day to day work.”

British Renewable Energy Awards 2017


Forest Fuels – Job Vacancy

Wood Chip Delivery Driver 

Forest Fuels is a fast growing and award winning biomass business, headquartered in Devon and operating nationally from a network of over 40 depots.  For more details please see our website

Forest Fuels Lorry

We are the UK’s leading fuel supplier to small and medium scale biomass boilers.

We are currently recruiting for the role of Wood Chip Delivery Driver to deliver to our customers in the Dorset area. You should have an interest in the Wood Fuel industry and be keen to get involved in all aspects of the business.

A LGV class 2 (Category C) and some mechanical knowledge would be advantageous but not essential.

You would need to hold a  LGV class 2 (Category C)  Driver CPC qualification and Digital Tachograph card.


Role and Responsibility

  • · Carry out deliveries to our customers in a professional manner
  • · Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills in all aspects of the working day
  • · Drive the company vehicle responsibly and safely; obeying at all times the traffic laws and highway code
  • · Carry out daily and weekly vehicle checks ensuring any defects found are reported and accurately complete paperwork.
  • · Plan and route your vehicle in the most cost efficient way
  • · Help in the yard with loading and general labouring.

Forest Fuels LorryThis is a great opportunity to join a fast growing business and become an integral part of our South West Operations and in return we offer an excellent package and benefits.

Forest Fuels Senior Logistics Manager, Tony Vick said, “we have an excellent, close-knit team at Blandford and it’s rare for an opportunity like this to come up. We expect an excellent response so if you, or someone you know may be interested in working for Forest Fuels in this lovely part of the country do get in touch straight away.”

For more details call 01409 281977.

Applications with CV and covering letter to 

Forest Fuels wins project to remove impurities from biomass to make bioenergy cheaper and more efficient


· The £2.2m Feedstock Improvement project will be led by biomass specialists Forest Fuels

· Uniper Technologies, University of Sheffield’s PACT Facilities and the University of Leeds will also work on the 18 month project

· A prototype plant which will pre-treat different forms of biomass to remove impurities will be built at Widmerpool, Nottinghamshire 

Forest Fuels Waste Wood For Biomass Project

Loughborough, 28 March 2017 – The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a new biomass feedstock improvement process project which aims to show how the removal of impurities and contaminated material from sustainable biomass could make bioenergy cheaper and more efficient, consequently delivering better greenhouse gas savings.
The £2.2m project will be led by national biomass specialists Forest Fuels working with Uniper Technologies.
A prototype plant will be built to pre-treat biomass feedstocks to remove impurities at Forest Fuels depot near Widmerpool, Nottinghamshire. The cleaned feedstocks will then be blended and combustion tested at University of Sheffield’s Pilot scale Advanced Capture Technology Facilities, with expertise from the University’s Energy 2050 Institute.Forest Fuels Waste Wood For Biomass Project
The University of Leeds is also a partner on the project and will test the ash produced during combustion testing.
Biomass fuels, including waste wood, arboricultural and forestry residues, and purpose-grown biomass feedstocks such as Miscanthus, often contain undesirable contaminants, picked up for example during harvesting, transport or storage. The idea behind the project is that this pre-treatment process will reduce such concentrations and therefore deliver downstream operational benefits and value.
The ETI project will use various biomass feedstocks including waste wood, energy crops and other waste arisings to test the process.
If successful this process could lead to lower environmental and operating costs for power producers leading to a lower cost of low carbon energy.

Geraint Evans, ETI Bioenergy Programme Manager said:
“A lot of waste wood currently ends up in landfill sites or is used in incinerators. This project will take waste wood, wash it and blend it to remove impurities to make it as clean as possible in the lowest cost way. By removing such impurities this will lead to improvements in the efficiency of biomass boilers and the feedstocks used within them.
“We want to show that improving the quality of biomass feedstocks in this way is a viable way of increasing the amount of sustainable sources of bioenergy, obtaining more energy from them and delivering improved greenhouse gas savings.
“The intention is that once the process has been proven and tested it could then be used on other bioenergy crops and scaled up to treat larger amounts of material creating even greater efficiencies.”

Peter Solly Managing Director of Forest FuelsPeter Solly, Managing Director of Forest Fuels said: “Building on Forest Fuels’ experience of developing new products and markets in the virgin wood fuel sector, this project is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of the next generation of bioenergy feedstocks.  Improving the quality of biomass feedstocks is a big opportunity for the future, and Forest Fuels is delighted to be leading this project.”


Highly experienced operator appointed to run Flixborough North East depot

Our search for a manager to head up our Flixborough and North East operation is over. Associated British Ports and PD Ports alum, Mick Cruddas, has just been appointed as Forest Fuels’ North East operations manager, and will be responsible for looking after the management of operations, while working alongside customers and colleagues right around the UK.

Having spent nearly thirty years working for Associated British Ports, beginning his career straight out of school as a 16-year-old messenger, delivering post, he worked his way through the ranks, and eventually ended up looking after the movements of some of the biggest ships arriving from all around the world.

Mick Cruddas Forest Fuels


After conquering ABP, Mick moved on to PD Ports in his native Immingham. Taking on the role of operations manager in 2008, he oversaw the import and export of steel and petroleum coke for global conglomerates, TATA, latterly British Steel, and ConocoPhillips, but to name a few. However the draw of the increasingly prominent bioenergy sector drove him towards our growing company.

  “I’m really happy to be joining Forest Fuels at such an exciting time in its evolution. The company is really going places and it’s great to be able to play a part in it at such a positive time,” said Mick.

Tony Vick Forest Fuels Senior Logistics ManagerTony Vick, Forest Fuels senior logistics manager, added, “We're absolutely delighted to have attracted Mick to join our team. The depth of experience and knowledge he has are a real asset to us. Having spent the last 29 years in and around the industry, he has a super pedigree for managing the depot.”

On a personal note, Mick has been married to his wife, Jackie, for 34 years. A father to three grown-up daughters, and a grandfather to a 4 year old grandson and 2 year old granddaughter, he has plenty to keep him occupied when not at work.


Forest Fuels David Newman talks on the future of biomass heating at Smart Energy Marketplace Exeter

Forest Fuels head of sales and business development, David Newman will speak during the 11.00 session on the future of biomass heating now that the government has announced a revamp of the Renewable Heat Incentive. He will discuss tariffs, give an update on the wood fuel market and highlight the best opportunities now available.


David Newman Forest Fuels

Smart Energy Marketplace is a unique showcase of the emerging smart, decentralised energy systems of the future. Essentially, the way we power our lives is changing and this is creating huge opportunities. Smart Energy Marketplace now in its second year, is the new name for the hugely successful Renewable Energy Marketplace which featured over 80 exhibitors and attracted over 1,000 delegates. It takes place on Tuesday 28 March 2017 1000-1600.


There’s a wide spread of delegates booked in to attend the event ; including manufacturers, utilities, energy generators, landowners and farmers, construction, tourism providers, local government and community energy groups.  

Topics covered within the expert talks will include energy storage, transforming housing, heat networks, engaging communities in network innovation, energy demand response-balancing the grid, as well as local energy supply for Cornwall and the south west.

 David Newman said, “The changes announced recently created new opportunities for heat networks, heat pumps, biomass boilers and Anaerobic Digestion, to transform how we heat our homes and businesses”.

The session will also look at what models of renewable heat are due to prosper in the future and David will be joined by Steve Edwards, director of regulation and commercial, Wales and West Utilities and William Johnson, technical manager - heat pumps, OMNIE

The event takes place at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN Tuesday 28 March 2017 from 1000-1600. Click here to find out more and book places.