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19.02.03      
Local fuelwood business wins Objective One funding

Bettinson Forestry Contractors based at St Neot, near Liskeard, has been awarded an Objective One grant by Working Woodlands to help with investment in new equipment.

This well established business, run by Charlie Bettinson, concentrates on woodland management contracts. The timber he produces from these contracts is then converted into firewood. Charlie stacks the material at his yard, allowing enough drying time to be able to supply dry logs to his customers.

In order to give Bettinson Forestry Contractors the capacity to extract timber faster and handle larger pieces, Charlie was awarded a grant form Working Woodlands to help with the purchase of a tractor/grapple loader and trailer unit.

Charlie's type of business provides a valuable outlet for Cornish woodland owners wishing to sell small sized hardwood material. Charlie 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.

Charlie'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.

For further information, please contact:
Caroline Harrison, Working Woodlands Holdings Ltd, Tel: 01803 867891
Charlie Bettinson, Tel: 01579 320006

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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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