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RE: Alternative extraction/conversion etc [Scanned]

Subject: RE: Alternative extraction/conversion etc [Scanned]
From: Edmund Hopkins
Date: Dec 09 2008 10:02:23
A lot of handling there for sure. That's why I've been getting 60p per tonne 
standing. Still its much better than not thinning, the sawlogs are worth 
rather more, and I have shifted over 500 tonnes since August.
Edmund Hopkins
Tree Officer
Planning Services
Nottingham City Council
From: benfuest []

Planting trees for fuel wood for sure is a relatively inexpensive operation,
however one day the crop needs to be realised. So do you get contractors in
to fell it convert to 2m length extract to ride side with tractor trailer,
to be loaded to a lorry and driven to yard unloaded, staked. left for a
while, then cut into blocks. then split and shipped out. All sounds like a
lot of expense to me. Two bods to fell and extract, £300 per day, inc
machine. Lorry haulage £8.00 per tone. Yard expenses plus cut and split £200
per day, then deliver.

Alternatively you could fell it and block it in the wood load to pick ups
and ship out direct to customer, let them sit on it for a few months. This
way the contractor does not have to wait to realise profit or invest in
tractors and trailers and Lorry haulage. Also stops last minute rush for
fuel wood and keeps prices realistic. Plus in the summer months the ground
conditions are better suited to this type of work.
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