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19.02.03      
Local fuelwood business wins Objective One funding

Timberdown Forestry of Drummers Hill, north of St Austell, has been awarded an Objective One grant by Working Woodlands to help with investment in new equipment.

Run by Kevin Jones, the business buys standing hardwood thinnings that he fells and extracts. He then converts them to firewood using a processor at his yard, finally sorting and storing the logs ready for subsequent delivery.

In order to be able to lift and carry tree lengths single-handed, Kevin has been awarded a grant from Working Woodlands to invest in a tractor equipped with a grapple loader.

Kevin's type of business plays a vital part in the strategy for adding value to wood in local markets. Timberdown Forestry provides a valuable outlet for Cornish woodland owners wishing to sell small sized hardwood material. Kevin was awarded his grant because his work is bringing under-managed woodlands in Cornwall back into production. Once managed properly these woods can make long-term contributions to Cornwall's rural economy.

Kevin's enterprise is one of the first to be awarded a grant from Working Woodlands. This European and UK government-funded Project is offering grants and support to businesses that grow wood, work with wood or sell wood or wood products in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Contact Working Woodlands on 01803 867891 for further information.

Caroline Harrison, Working Woodlands Holdings Ltd, Tel: 01803 867891
Kevin Jones, Tel: 01726 70731

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388

jason@dclark.co.uk

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