We have joined forces with the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project to produce barbecue charcoal on Epsom Common. This is part of a traditional approach to managing woodland on the common and is the most sustainable way of disposing of small diameter timber from scrub clearance.
Epsom Common has a scrub encroachment problem and work has been going on for some time to remove areas of scrub to restore open habitat for a variety of plants, insects, birds and small mammals. By collecting the best of the wood together bonfires will be kept to a minimum and sales of charcoal will bring in a little bit of money which can be ploughed back into nature conservation work on the Common.
Charcoal burns take place once a month from February to November on the first Sunday of the month - see our current programme. Please check in case of heavy rain.
The charcoal site map shows where the charcoal site is.
Bags of this charcoal are available from the Lower Mole Countryside Trust at £5 per bag. Charcoal Fines, small particles of charcoal and dust, are also available at £3.00 a bag. Charcoal Fines are useful in the garden to help aerate compost and can be used as a mulch around young seedlings to deter slugs and snails.