19th May 2013
I have no problem with using wood as a raw material. Properly husbanded it’s an extraordinary renewable resource as well as a way of locking up Carbon Dioxide and keeping it from warming the climate too much. When we needed to source the wood for the first raised bed for our local food growing project we had to weigh up all the issues – and landed with getting the wood from B&Q because we had an OK budget their environmental policies are excellent – including their procurement.
But we might need to think again with the beds we build in the future so I was very glad to come across the Greater Manchester Tree Station.
A social enterprise based in Gorton it stops wood going to waste – by either re-selling it as timber or as fire-wood or wood chip [for bio mass boilers too]. All very common sense. I’m looking forward to our conversation with them about hopefully using used wood for our future raised beds. What do you think?