Dorset Charcoal Company - Old News

October 2015

DorsetLife magazine published a nice article about Jim and the Dorset Charcoal Company on the 15th October, Titled: Living treasures of Dorset.

We just held a very succesfull course with 5 people enjoying a cracking day in the woods in early October, learning how to make charcoal.

Plus The Dorset Charcoal Company hosted a visit from Hanford School for Girls art department who enjoyed an educational morning of charcoal making and drawing with the produced charcoal. Visit our Courses page for more info.

News - August 2015

How Namibian charcoal workers pay a high price for the cheap British barbecue

We have been quoted in the Independent Newspaper in an article about a report by FERN about the effects of imported charcoal from Namibia and the miserable conditions that charcoal workers suffer. Namibia produces over 60% of charoal imported into Britain and very little of it is from certified sources. Read the full newspaper article or Download a PDF of the Report by FERN here.

We responded to the Independent with the following letter, which they have published...

"Dear Editor,

I was pleased to see the article in the Independent last Sunday highlighting the Playing with Fire article from FERN, which shines a light on the importation of charcoal into this country. I was, however, disappointed that the article suggested that the only definite assurance that the public could have of ethical charcoal purchase was the FSC standard. Research would have shown that charcoal produced in this country is entirely ethical and sustainable but rarely carries the FSC logo. The FSC scheme has a number of failings, as pointed out in the FERN report, but in addition its' cost is prohibitive to small UK producers. The fact that we do not register for this scheme does not in any way lessen our product. Other assurance schemes, namely Grown in Britain, can provide this for UK producers at an affordable cost. It is a shame that after reading your article consumers are led to believe that charcoal imported from Namibia carrying the FSC logo would be preferable to charcoal produced in this country.

yours faithfully,   Jim Bettle - Dorset Charcoal"

Steve Harris Breakfast Show

We were on Steve Harris' breakfast show on BBC radio Solent at 7.25am Monday 17th August. Click here to listen to an MP3.

BBC Radio Solent

News - June 2015

Wholesale Trading at Glastonbury 2015...

We’ve just returned from our 13th year trading at Glastonbury, our 3rd year as the official wholesaler of charcoal, supplying all the food stalls on site which offer barbecued food.

The Blackmore Vale Magazine has posted this article about us on their website.

We also just recieved a wonderful email from one of our many happy customers we'd like to share...

"Just a quick note to let you know of my complete conversion from Tesco/Homebase style of "charcoal" briquettes to your splendid Dorset Lumpwood Charcoal. The difference between imported briquettes (containing God knows what from God knows where) and your product is incredible. I first used it today and it was a true epiphany; dead easy to light with a long, hot and even burn with no tainting of food... brilliant. And from Dorset too.

Warm regards Paul - Child Okeford"

News - April 2015

The Dorset Charcoal Company exhibited at the Dorset Coppice Group Open Day on 9th May 2015 at Bonsley Wood.

Charcoal has become the hot new flavouring in everything from cocktails to meat and mash. If you want to be in on the latest trend in Britain's restaurants and bars, you're going to have to feel - and indeed taste - the burn. Read more of this interesting article from the Independent.

News - January 2015

The varied uses for charcoal never cease to amaze.
2014 saw the Dorset Charcoal Company supply charcoal for a private poison dart frog enthusiast for use in the substrate/tank bedding, and 2015 has seen this use expand with Peregrine livefoods Ltd. purchasing a substantial quantity to be able to offer this product to reptile enthusiasts nationally.

Clare from Hazelbury Bryan has been feeding her horse Billy with Dorset Charcoal to help him recover from a stomach ulcer and gastric colic. Visit our Animal Feed page to read more...

News 2014

News - October 2014

NCFed AgmThe Dorset Coppice Group hosted the innaugral AGM of The National Federation of Coppice Workers. The Dorset Charcoal Company attended and was pleased to meet and swap stories with many charcoal burners from alround the UK.

News - April 2014

New research undertaken by the University of Southampton shows that biochar in soil acts as a powerful tonic to stimulate plant growth, more than doubling yields. Click here to read full article.

New Animal Feed stockists include: Woodrow Feeds in Hazelbury Bryan The Paddock Pantry in Sturminster Newton, Aivly Country Stores in Ringwood, Westons Animal Feeds in Sway.

Plus our Gardener's Biochar is now being stocked at the Poundbury Garden Centre.

News - February 2014

Highgrove Woodland Skills Event – We met up with leading figures in forestry at the Highgrove Estate on Friday 14 February to discuss how to work better together to ensure forestry skills remain a priority for the future. The event was attended by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and the Duchy of Cornwall.

Grown in Britain

Grown in Britain Campaign – The Dorset Charcoal Company is a proud supporter of the newly launched Grown in Britain Campaign, we were pleased to learn of the scheme which had been launched the day before when we attended the launch of the National Coppice Federation in Westminster at the end of the last year.

Lush Natural Cosmetics – Very enjoyable visit from the Lushs' product trainers from all round Europe last summer where they were able to visit the woods and make the connection between the charcoal they incorporate into their lovely products and the process involved in its manufacture.

Dorset Charcoal Goes Hollywood!

Our charcoal was used last year at Pinewood Studios for special effects in the hollywood blockbuster Fury... Out in the autumn of 2014!

News 2013

Successful Charcoal Course - Ran on 6/10/2013 6 people in attendance thoroughly enjoyable day not least as the sun shone! Please get in contact regards this years course.

Hot Heads Display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Our charcoal has been used in wonderful artworks created by pa-Boom last november.

Chelsea Flower Show – Our charcoal was used in the award winning garden.

The Dorset Charcoal Company is proud to announce it is supplying Esse Stove Manufacturers with our restaurant charcoal for use in the promotion of their newly designed charcoal grill.

New stockists for 2013 – Cross Stores Child Okeford, Dorset Larder Blandford, Grays Stores Milborne St Andrew and Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone.

The Dorset Charcoal Co will again be the official wholesaler of charcoal at Glastonbury Festival 2013

Dorset Charcoal appears at Chelsea Flower Show - Our charcoal is being used in one of the design gardens. After-the-Fire

New Stockists for 2013 - Winfrith Village Stores, Webbs Butchers of West Moors,
Woodrow Feeds in Hazelbury Bryan, The Red Barn Village Stores in Hazelbury Bryan.

We are pleased to announce that CW Groves Garden Centre in Bridport are now stocking our
Biochar in 750g bags and 3kg buckets.

News 2012

New Stockists for 2012 - We are pleased to welcome: a new stockist for our charcoal in Hertfordshire,

For small mail order quantities of our charcoal please contact;

May has also seen our first stockist for our Gardeners Biochar

This follows our supply of a large quantity of the product to a local
vineyard to improve the quality of its soil.

The Dorset Charcoal Co also features in a new exhibition Make 52 at Walford Mill,
Wimborne by Caroline Parrott...well worth a look!

First Burn of 2012

Charcoal Production Starts Agian

We're off again and the first charcoal burn of 2012 was greeted with a covering of snow.

Natonal Bean Pole Week
The Dorset Charcoal Company shall be supporting National Beanpole Week
by attending The Dorset Coppice Groups Open Day on 21st April @ Bonsley Wood.

News 2011

August 2011

Stock Gaylard Oack Fair August 2011

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair August 2011

The Dorset Charcoal Company attended the Oak fair.


May 2011

Glastonbury 2011 - The Dorset Charcoal Company will again be the official
charcoal wholesaler for the 2011 Glastonbury Festival of Contempory Arts.

New Stockists
P Keatings Butchers in Wimborne, Armstrongs Butchers in Winton
and Hordle Service Station in Hordle.

News 2010

November 2010

Fire and Light Display

The Dorset Charcoal Company recently supplied the Fire and Light Display in Southampton city centre.

Daylesford Organic Farm Restaurant
We are now the major supplier to Daylesford Organic Farm Restaurant.

River Cottage Outside Caterers
We are proud suppliers of River Cottage Outside Caterers who this
year attended Camp Bestival and Guilfest amongst many others.

Georgia Papageorge
Artist Georgia Papageorge used Dorset Charcoal in her latest exhibition
of work currently showing at the Art First Gallery in London.

Farming Today Radio 4
The Dorset Charcoal Company was featured on Farming Today Radio4 this summer highlighting
the diversifacation opportunities open to farmers in finding a use for low value timber.

BBC Countryfile
The Dorset Charcoal Company also appeared on BBC Countryfile on 22nd of August,
as one of a number of Dorset suppliers to the Lush Cosmetics Co.

May 2010

Charcoal Burner becomes the face of a cake!
Honeybuns new Coppice Cake features photo and text detailing the benefits of British Charcoal.

The Dorset Charcoal Company is included in the recently published
"The Good Food Producers Guide".

Dates to remember in 2010

Saturday 9th October 2010
Charcoal Burning Course
at The Living Classroom - Bonsley Wood.

Saturday 17th April 2010
The Dorset Charcoal Company will be exhibiting at The Living Classroom -
Bonsley Wood to celebrate National Beanpole Week.
For more details visit Dorset Coppice Group.

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June 2010
The Dorset Charcoal Company will again be the official charcoal wholesaler for
the 2010 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Arts.

Saturday 28th August 2010
We shall be exhibiting at this years Stock Gaylard Oak Fair.
For more details visit

To avoid disappointment, if you particularly wish to visit the company at any of the shows it is always worth
Contacting Us
nearer the time, as due to the seasonal nature of the business, plans have a habit of changing!

March 2010

Direct from Dorset

We are now proud to be a member of the Direct from Dorset Scheme.

Recently we supplied Horticultural Charcoal for use in HRH Prince of Wales, Highgrove Gardens, Gloucestshire.

News 2009

News items from 2009...

The Dorset Charcoal Company has recently been featured on the ITV Local Regional show Country Lives aired across the south of England. This proved to be a lovely piece of filming explaining what we get up to and why! Repeated nationwide more recently.

Dorset charcoal was used at the spectacular Inside Out Festival of Light in Bournemouth Gardens at the end of the summer of 2008.

Over the years we have supplied our charcoal for a myriad of uses,

Charcoal powder supplied to cosmetics firm for the production of soap among other products.

Softwood charcoal supplied to research companies for laboratory testing has extended beyond these shores to France and Germany.

Dead Womans Ditch

Charcoal supplied for props in the production of “Dead Woman`s Ditch” ... the story of a murderous charcoal burner!




Charcoal powder used as a poxylan and pigment in mortar by specialised building firms for restoration of Windsor Castle among many other conservation building projects.

Charcoal powder of different species supplied to artists and firework manufacturers.

Oak and chestnut charcoal has been supplied to aid in a number of Iron Age Smelting Experiments.


barbecue Charcoal Animal Feed Supliments Gradener's BioChar restaurant Grade barbecue Charcoal