Jim Bettle The Charcoal Maker.





Dorset Magazine - June 2010.


A pall of smoke hung over Turnworth Wood, clearly marking the spot where Jim Bettle was at work making charcoal. This isn't a permanent site for him though, for he moves his kilns each season, taking them to woods which are undergoing coppicing and general management schemes. "I burn the thinings and discarded misshapen timber, providing a return for the owner for wood that would otherwise be uneconomic to extract," Jim explained, "therefore making woodland management a much more viable proposition."