Latest news at Forest Fuels

10 December 2013 

David Adam joins Forest Fuels as Commercial Manager

David Adam has joined Forest Fuels in a new national role as Commercial Manager.  With wide experience in forestry, timber and service businesses over the last 30 years, David has run small and medium sized businesses and comes with very considerable sector experience. His appointment continues our recent investment in staff and systems in this fast-growth stage of the company’s development.  He will be based in Okehampton.


 21 November 2013 

Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee

Forest Fuels’ Sam Whatmore has been appointed to the South West’s Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee (formerly the Regional Advisory Committee, RAC).

The Committee is designed to support the Forestry Commission in protecting and expanding England’s forests and woodlands, and increasing their value to society and the environment.

To read more visit 


 21 November 2013 

Hull to be City of Culture 2017

The City of Hull, where Forest Fuels supplies 8 schools with wood fuel has been named as the 2017 City of Culture.  Operations Manager Jason Gallagher said “Hull is a great area and we are very proud to be supplying the local schools with renewable fuel. It is certainly a place “on the up” and this news is great for the city”. 

Forest Fuels supplies both wood chip and wood pellet into the city, providing carbon neutral heating for over 7500 children.

Read more with the BBC Link below.


 18 November 2013 

Forest Fuels Highlighted in new Bio-Energy Book

Forest Fuels have been profiled in a new book on bio-energy called ‘The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Bio-energy in the UK’. The book suggests that the UK could get 10-20% of its energy from a range of bio-energy technology and fuels by 2030.

In the modern wood heating sector a case study on Forest Fuels shows how the company is growing into a major player in the sector. The book is available in hard copy or digital formats at a special £2 discount for Forest Fuels clients via and quoting discount code LW2013SGA1


 29 October 2013 

Yorkshire Dales Woodfuel Fair

A renewable wood fuel information event is planned for the 2nd of November at Grassington Town Hall, North Yorkshire. The Event is aimed at introducing rural home owners and business to the opportunities afforded by biomass technologies and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Forest Fuels North East Operations Manager, and Director of Yorkshire and the Humber Microgeneration Partnership, Rudie Humphery said “The Yorkshire Dales is a perfect area for the adoption of biomass heating… RHI provides a great opportunity for Dalesmen and women to heat in both an environmentally responsible, and cost effective manner”

For more information visit event organisers, Yorwoods Online.  


 21 October 2013 

Grown In Britain

The new Grown in Britain campaign was formally launched in the House of Lords this week.  It is aiming to encourage consumers to buy wood products that were grown and processed in the UK.

Peter Solly, Forest Fuels Managing Director says “We are delighted that Grown in Britain is gathering this momentum.  Since the outset, Forest Fuels has been completely focussed on using local, UK-grown timber in our operations. Using this country’s renewable resource rather than importing makes logical sense to us. Grown in Britain enables the whole UK industry to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and demonstrate to consumers the value of local timber”.

Forest Fuels has been signed up to the Grown in Britain initiative since its inception earlier this year.  

Grown in Britian


 11 October 2013 

RHI secure, despite government clashes on Energy Prices

At Prime Ministers' Questions yesterday, energy prices were the cause of deep disagreement between the Prime Minister and Ed Miliband. During the exchange, on the topic of RHI, the PM suggested that the Coalition had "cancelled" the policy. It is important to note that the Prime Minister was briefed incorrectly in giving this response, and this has been confirmed by the Government. The reference was merely pointing out the fact that the Coalition changed the source of funding for the RHI from an additional levy on fossil fuels (which the PM suggested, as a Labour idea, would have added £179 to the average fuel bill) to being funded by general taxation.

The RHI has an agreed budget, with an additional £430m of funding confirmed for the final year of this Comprehensive Spending Review period (2015/2016)


 07 October 2013 

Boiling Point - Autumn News at Forest Fuels

It has been a fantastic summer for the Biomass Industry, and at Forest Fuels we have been preparing for our busiest winter yet! So we thought it would be a great time for everyone to catch up with all the latest news.

Read our News Letter "Boiling Point" here


 05 October 2013 

Forest Fuels makes Green Energy Awards shortlist

The Shortlist for the prestigious 2013 Green Energy Awards have been announced, and Forest Fuels is delighted to be included in the "Supplier or Installer of the Year" catergory. The awards, which have their 10th anniversary this year, showcase the renewable industry in South West England, winners will be announced on the 26th of November. Forest Fuels is the only supplier shortlisted, however there is strong competition from the other finalists, who include multiple-winners Sungift Solar, leading biomass installers Fair Energy, as well as Mojo, Gregor, SERS and Glevum Heating.


 27 September 2013 

Forest Fuels at NextGen and EBEC 9th – 10th Oct

The bioenergy expo and conference at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, is fast approaching and is free to attend, to register click here!

For those attending, Forest Fuels founding director Sam Whatmore will be speaking at 12.30 on Wednesday the 9th in the Agri Rural Biomass Theatre. The talk, titled “Starting up in Biomass - Planning for Success” will outline some of the need-to-know information for a successful biomass install.

Nextgen 2013 has been designed to give professionals from the urban and rural sectors the opportunity to access vital information and contacts to help successfully build and run efficient energy saving projects.


 20 September 2013 

ENplus Pellet Accreditation 

Forest Fuels have been certified by HETAS as an ENPlus accredited trader for wood pellet. The ENplus scheme is the European standard for pellet quality, now adopted in the UK. We believe Forest Fuels is unique in holding both industry-standard quality accreditations - ENplus for wood pellet and Woodsure for wood chip.

We are delighted to have this further acknowledgement of our quality systems.

ENplus LogoLicence ID Nr. UK308


 20 September 2013 

Issue One of the New Wood Fuel Magazine.

Wood Fuel Magazine” is an independent online publication aimed at promoting and supporting the wood heat industry, with the first publication just in time to mark the milestone completion of 2,000 RHI approved biomass installations in the UK.

Have a read through, whether you are a potential end-user, a wood fuel supplier, a boiler manufacturer or installer!

Forest Fuels have a reflective piece on Bere Forest Estate on page 34, which highlights the value of expert consultancy in wood fuel heating installation.


 19 September 2013 

An Introduction to Biomass for Business

There is another chance to watch the online seminar from earlier this week, which was hosted by 2degreesnetwork with Forest Fuels and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Using slides, real life case studies and examples you can see and hear about biomass, and get a great understanding of the basics. The seminar discusses what kinds of businesses can benefit, how biomass works, what to expect and plenty of tips on how to implement a biomass project successfully.

For an in depth introduction to the crucial questions surrounding biomass heating solutions catch up on Youtube now.


 12 September 2013 

Forest Fuels Confirms Biomass Open Days have published an article about our upcoming Biomass Open Days, to go directly to the story Click Here

Industry experts will be available to provide you with a wealth of information which could help you to dramatically reduce your heating costs, whilst benefiting from a low carbon sustainable heating solution.

Starting at 10.30 on each day we are providing expert advice on Biomass technology and design options, funding advice and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Visit existing sites which are already utilising biomass solutions to learn exactly how you could benefit

South Bristol Skills Academy 24th September

Culford School 25th September

To register your interest in attending either of these events email


 09 September 2013 

Confor Woodland Show 2013

Later this week Forest Fuels will be taking part in the Confor Woodland Show at the LongLeat Estate, Wiltshire.

There is an extensive programme of events for those who want to learn about forestry, trees and wood. Why not come and say hello to the Forest Fuels Team?

To find out more visit


 04th September 2013 

Forest Fuels Biomass Information Days: 24th and 25th of September

Industry experts will be available to provide you with a wealth of information which could help you to dramatically reduce your heating costs, whilst benefiting from a low carbon sustainable heating solution.

Starting at 10.30 on each day we are providing expert advice on Biomass technology and design options, funding advice and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Visit existing sites which are already utilising biomass solutions to learn exactly how you could benefit

South Bristol Skills Academy 24th September

Culford School 25th September

To register your interest in attending either of these events email


 03rd September 2013 

Eco Heat Event with Forest Fuels 

Devon biomass businesses have today announced they are throwing open the doors on more than 20 installations across the county to the public, by running a unique ‘Renewable Heat at Work’ open day on the 18th of September. 

Forest Fuels will be one of the 11 local companies involved in the project, and will have representatives at 7 of the open day sites.

So whether you are an existing customer, or considering entering the world of Biomass heating, register your interest today to spend some time with the industry experts, and let us show you how renewable heat can offer savings on fuel bills as well as exploring how wood fuel is produced.

A great chance to get an insider view of the experienced and competent supply chain that is busy catering to biomass heat installations up and down the county.


 11th June 2013 

Forest Fuels on the airwaves to help local businesses

Forest Fuels Director Sam Whatmore will be interviewed on Cambridgeshire's Star Radio on Sunday 16th June, in a special show about businesses and renewable energy. As a reknowned industry expert Sam will be helping businesses understand more about wood fuel and biomass heat, as part of a wider feature for East of England business on all renewables. The show goes out live at 9am on Sunday, and within a few days it will be available to play back on the business hub - look for the segment dated the 16th.


 5th June 2013 

RHI Payment rate update

The RHI is proving a considerable success, with ever-increasing numbers of schemes being approved and receiving cheques.  DECC have always been committed to avoiding the large drops in tariff rates as happened with Solar PV, and have put in place a well thought-out means of gently reducing payment rates when the uptake reaches a certain level.  We have been surprised (and pleased!) that this reduction hasn’t happened already. 

DECC announced last week that the first reduction in RHI tariff will take effect from 1st July 2013 for new entrants to the scheme only.  The reduction in tariffs is small (circa 5%) and is for “medium” biomass schemes (ie boilers of 200 – 999kW size) only.  The reduction has been put into place because this size category has seen the biggest uptake.  Interestingly the smaller category (<199kW) was almost reduced as well.

Encouragingly, the rate is still higher than it was in 2012, before recent RPI increases.

The small reduction is unlikely to affect the viability of the majority of schemes. But it does illustrate that rates will fall and therefore now is the time to act if you are considering biomass.  Delaying only makes it more likely that rates will have fallen further by the time your scheme is installed. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can help with discussing the options, feasibility and outline design of schemes. 

Please ring us if we might be able to help….


 May 2013 

Investment in Health & Safety 

As part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining and improving the standards of what we do, we have recently appointed Citation PLC as our Health & Safety advisers. Part of this will be a "top to bottom" review of our safety systems and procedures.




 May 2013 

Grown in Britain 

We are pleased to support the Grown in Britain campaign for using local timber.


 24th April 2013

Forest Fuels named as British Energy
Awards Finalist

We are delighted to have made the final of the REA’s British Energy Awards.

We are shortlisted in the “Company of the Year” category, and the other finalists are Good Energy, Gentoo Group and Marches Biogas.

Peter Solly, MD says "We are really pleased that once again the development of the company has been recognised in this way. The award is for the "company which has done the most to advance renewables in the UK" and it is a real honour to be listed alongside businesses such as Good Energy."

The results will be announced on 13th June


 January 2013

Customer feedback for consultancy

We have recently received this from a customer:

"I am considering installing wood fuel heating for my house and holiday cottages, and have relied heavily on Forest Fuels’ advice throughout the process. They have helped with the decision of whether or not wood fuel is right for my property, and then inputted into the design and layout of my system and fuel store. Their impartiality as to equipment manufacturers and installers has been hugely helpful in getting a wood fuel solution that best suits my needs. The project has also benefitted enormously from their wealth of experience and expertise."
Paul Jobin, Watchet