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PONDHEAD CONSERVATION TRUST
Pondhead Conservation Trust (PCT) is a registered charity and community woodland project restoring 78 hectares of Crown woodland in the heart of the New Forest near Lyndhurst. The Trust’s management programme is aimed at improving both the woodland biodiversity and its public appreciation. They use traditional coppice methods to ensure that the woodland operates on a sustainable and self-funding basis. In doing so, they have re-introduced a centuries old New Forest industry which had died out in the last century – charcoal making. However, unlike previous Forest charcoal burners, they use a modern environmentally friendly kiln which captures and recycles harmful wood gases to produce charcoal of high quality which makes it burn evenly and light easily without the need for accelerants.
The best charcoal by far with low carbon footprint.
Pondhead Charcoal is sold entirely within the New Forest through a network of local shops and garden centres and the proceeds fund the project. The Trust makes over four tonnes of premium BBQ charcoal annually using the timber cut in their woodland restoration process. Currently around 95% of BBQ charcoal sold in the UK is imported from third world countries where sustainability cannot always be guaranteed and working conditions often leave much to be desired. As a result of primitive production methods used, much of the imported product is poor quality making it difficult to light without the use of fossil fuel based products, often giving a nasty aftertaste to your BBQ. Pondhead Charcoal travels no further than 10 miles from the tree that produced it – don’t confuse it with inferior products!
Tips & Leaves
Tips & Leaves is a family run artisan tea company based in Lyndhurst. Originally founded in 2013 by Ian & Kelly, Tips & Leaves sources the finest loose leaf tea from renowned tea estates around the world. With over 60 loose leaf teas and a range of tea gifts and accessories their range has something to excite any tea lover from classic blends to rare estate teas. Ably assisted by their head of bark-eting Gracie (18 month old Cockapoo) they can normally be found at food festivals throughout the year but you can also find them at www.tipsnleaves.com and if you are in Lyndhurst they also serve and sell all their delicious teas at Tip, Leaf & Bean in the New Forest Heritage Centre.
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