Dorset Charcoal Company - Old News
DorsetLife magazine published a nice article about Jim and the Dorset Charcoal Company on the 15th October, Titled: Living treasures of Dorset.
We just held a very succesfull course with 5 people enjoying a cracking day in the woods in early October, learning how to make charcoal.
Plus The Dorset Charcoal Company hosted a visit from Hanford School for Girls art department who enjoyed an educational morning of charcoal making and drawing with the produced charcoal. Visit our Courses page for more info.
News - August 2015
How Namibian charcoal workers pay a high price for the cheap British barbecue
We have been quoted in the Independent Newspaper in an article about a report by FERN about the effects of imported charcoal from Namibia and the miserable conditions that charcoal workers suffer. Namibia produces over 60% of charoal imported into Britain and very little of it is from certified sources. Read the full newspaper article or Download a PDF of the Report by FERN here.
We responded to the Independent with the following letter, which they have published...
I was pleased to see the article in the Independent last Sunday highlighting the Playing with Fire article from FERN, which shines a light on the importation of charcoal into this country. I was, however, disappointed that the article suggested that the only definite assurance that the public could have of ethical charcoal purchase was the FSC standard. Research would have shown that charcoal produced in this country is entirely ethical and sustainable but rarely carries the FSC logo. The FSC scheme has a number of failings, as pointed out in the FERN report, but in addition its' cost is prohibitive to small UK producers. The fact that we do not register for this scheme does not in any way lessen our product. Other assurance schemes, namely Grown in Britain, can provide this for UK producers at an affordable cost. It is a shame that after reading your article consumers are led to believe that charcoal imported from Namibia carrying the FSC logo would be preferable to charcoal produced in this country.
yours faithfully, Jim Bettle - Dorset Charcoal"
Steve Harris Breakfast Show
We were on Steve Harris' breakfast show on BBC radio Solent at 7.25am Monday 17th August. Click here to listen to an MP3.
News - June 2015
Wholesale Trading at Glastonbury 2015...
We’ve just returned from our 13th year trading at Glastonbury, our 3rd year as the official wholesaler of charcoal, supplying all the food stalls on site which offer barbecued food.
The Blackmore Vale Magazine has posted this article about us on their website.
We also just recieved a wonderful email from one of our many happy customers we'd like to share...
"Just a quick note to let you know of my complete conversion from Tesco/Homebase style of "charcoal" briquettes to your splendid Dorset Lumpwood Charcoal.
The difference between imported briquettes (containing God knows what from God knows where) and your product is incredible. I first used it today and it was a true epiphany; dead easy to light with a long, hot and even burn with no tainting of food... brilliant. And from Dorset too.
Warm regards Paul - Child Okeford"
News - April 2015
The Dorset Charcoal Company exhibited at the Dorset Coppice Group Open Day on 9th May 2015 at Bonsley Wood.
Charcoal has become the hot new flavouring in everything from cocktails to meat and mash. If you want to be in on the latest trend in Britain's restaurants and bars, you're going to have to feel - and indeed taste - the burn. Read more of this interesting article from the Independent.
News - January 2015
The varied uses for charcoal never cease to amaze.
2014 saw the Dorset Charcoal Company supply charcoal for a private poison dart frog enthusiast for use in the substrate/tank bedding, and 2015 has seen this use expand with Peregrine livefoods Ltd. purchasing a substantial quantity to be able to offer this product to reptile enthusiasts nationally.
Clare from Hazelbury Bryan has been feeding her horse Billy with Dorset Charcoal to help him recover from a stomach ulcer and gastric colic. Visit our Animal Feed page to read more...