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  • Gary Primrose

    Our Woodland Advisory Service explores forest-based opportunities and grant sources for woodland owners, and here's how we helped one of them.

    When landowner Gary Primrose took part in a quiz run by Cumbria Woodlands at Westmorland Show in 2010, funded by Cumbria Fells and Dales LEADER, he definitely came up with the right answer!

    The prize for the winner in the Sylva-sponsored competition was an in-depth Oak level advisory visit by an expert from Cumbria

  • Lakes Biomass

    Lakes Biomass launched to provide high quality, locally grown wood fuel products.

    Andrew and Kerry of Lakes Biomass

    A fledgling biomass business taking shape on a farm near Kendal has its roots in the founder’s own unsuccessful search for good quality wood fuel. 

    Kerry Cooper and her partner Andrew Carrie launched Lakes Biomass when they struggled to find high quality, locally grown woodchip to heat their own domestic boiler. 

    Now the

  • Witherslack Estate

    The estate is put back under active woodland management, producing timber for woodfuel and, in turn, promoting wildlife.

    According to Witherslack Woodlands owner, Nick Stanley, whose ancestors were granted the Manor of Witherslack after the Battle of Boworth Field in the 15th century, firewood has been grown and processed on the 800 hectare south Cumbrian estate since the Iron Age. 

    Now the clock has turned full circle for the idyllic beauty