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The Dorset Charcoal Company

The Dorset Charcoal Company was established in 1996 in a response to Jim Bettle witnessing so called 'waste' wood being bulldozered and burnt, as no economic use could be found for it. Discovering over 90% of charcoal used in this country is imported he decided there had to be a better way.

Over 20 years business and the flame burns bright!

The Dorset Charcoal Company was established in 1996 in a response to Jim Bettle witnessing so called "waste" wood being bulldozered and burnt, as no economic use could be found for it. Discovering over 90% of charcoal used in this country is imported he decided there had to be a better way. 

 

Over the years The Dorset Charcoal Company has expanded to offer a range of products with charcoal at their core often eliciting much surprise. Over 20 years in business, the flame still burns bright!

The Dorset Charcoal Company produces top quality charcoal and firewood from 100% natural hardwood grown in well-managed local woodlands to suit all requirements and aims to continue to publicise the benefits of doing so. Your help is greatly appreciated so please continue to Buy British and Burn British!

Telephone: 01258 818 176

Email: enquiries@dorsetcharcoal.co.uk

The Dorset Charcoal Company Ltd. Boundary's Edge, Pidney, Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset. DT10 2EB

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Dorset Charcoal on BBC Radio 4 - Jim Bettle
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Our Environmental Policy

We are committed to leading the industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.

The key points of our strategy are:
  • To provide an alternative charcoal to charcoal imported from countries overseas, who's production results in deforestation through unsustainable forestry of South American and West African rainforest, South East Asian mangroves and African savannah trees.

  • Reduce the resources used in shipping this voluminous product around the world.

  • Use only sustainably harvested timber from Dorset and its neighbouring counties.

  • Bring neglected woodlands back into management and finding a use for low value timber such as sawmill waste and thinnings.

  • Minimise the transport of timber by the use of mobile production methods of charcoal production.

  • Keep forest and yard working sites clean and free from litter and minimise any impact on surrounding habitats

  • Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible.

  • Minimise toxic emissions through the selection and use of its transport fleet and the source of its power requirement in its office.

  • Actively promote recycling both internally and amongst its customers and suppliers.

  • To meet or exceed the environmental legislation that relates to the company.

• Locally sourced

• Easy to light

• Burns evenly

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