Logs-4-Labour 2016-2017 dates

We start at 0930, tea at 11, finish by 1300.logs4supported

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Date Activity planned
Sun 30 October 2016 Bonfires! Bid for and collect split logs from where it has been seasoning.
Sun 13 November 2016 Path clearing – in readiness for Run-Forest-Run
Sun 20 November 2016 Marshalling Run-Forest Run sign up here
Sun 27 November 2016 Log splitting and safe use of axes
Sun 11 December 2016 Sawmill demonstration… send in your requirements now¬ Timber cut to size and less than half the price of the builder’s merchant!
Sun 18 December 2016 Outdoor cooking experience – bring and share –
Sun 8 January 2017 Log splitting and stacking for next year – wood-lots
Sun 22 January 2017 Stream clearing and sapling protection – see sustainable woodland management in action – with a talk on Planted Ancient Woodland restoration
Sun 5 February 2017 Craft week – make your sweetheart something to show your love
Sun 19 February 2017 Log splitting before it gets too warm – wood-lots and kindling
Sun 5 March 2017 Spring cook-in – bring and share – the plan is to have some venison for sale and to taste.
Sun 19 March 2017   Equinox fun Last chance to join the Logs4 labour crew – tour of the woods and  plans for the summer season.



Yeoman training

We are pleased to offer Yeoman training on a first come first served basis. Please use the form below to book and pay £25 for each training slot. This represents 90% off the usual price for chainsaw training and all we ask in return is that you guarantee to turn up to one event per month.

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L4L New Season 2015-2016 Dates

2015 to 2016 season 
Sunday 24 January – log splitting and learning to use an axe safely.
Sunday 14 February (Valentine’s day) Building a structure
Saturday 5   March Preparing the plot for Planting tiny Christmas trees
Sunday 20 March Preparing  for or planting tiny Christmas trees 10am,
Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May  Wild Camping and the Dawn Chorus –  Join us at 2pm Saturday – Children should be accompanied. 

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Run-Forest-Run Press Release

Sunday 23 November – race report from Bruce Devlin Race Director

“Great fun!” was the most heard comment as the runners crossed the finish line, put their hands on their knees and then started steaming as the torrential rain battered against the finish line gazebo. The post-race headquarters was filled with damp runners, enjoying free cake, bacon rolls,  and a hot drink an excited buzz of stories while the events of the morning were relayed and tales of mud, swollen rivers and heroic feats were exchanged.20141123_112142

A wide range of competitors lined up for the first event. Blind paralympian Louise Simpson showed outstanding courage and determination in the difficult conditions. Overall fastest runner Duncan Craig and fastest woman Dawn Elley showed that despite the rain and mud that it was possible to clear the course with impressive speed. Local runners were joined by Cambridge, Bristol, London and teams from neighbouring towns. Ages ranged from teenagers to retired gentle-folk who showed that a little determination can generate a huge amount of fun.

The first run-forest-run.co.uk was a great success. The goal was to have a friendly adventure race in the beautiful Surrey countryside that appealed to beginners and experts alike. Easier than a Toughmudder but more challenging than a flat, Tarmac 10k …  and they got it with extra rain. The runners were set off in groups of 20 to ensure that everyone was nicely spaced out for the single track elements in the forest. At 09:40 in heavy rain, the first group were under way and just before the 1km point they discovered the “Not a Hill – it’s an undulation”. Now stretched into a long line, the runners entered the Mill Lane bridle path that was masquerading as a swamp. Anyone who was precious about keeping their feet dry no longer cared as they left the clay trail and climbed the Tarmac road into Frillinghurst Farm. Through the gate and into Frillinghurst Wood, the runners had to be careful with their footing as the squishy, slippery clay hid tree roots and gulleys. The continual rain was causing the water level to rise slowly with every passing minute and the runners literally steamed their way through the mud and onto the forest track towards Fowlshatch Copse and the obstacle course.

“The video on the website made this look easy” said several runners as the wet conditions made the over-under obstacles much more difficult on the day. Down the slippery slope to the Log Carry the runners were finding that the steep slope up to the log drop needed some advanced scrambling techniques to keep forward momentum. Some runners loved their logs so much that they kept hold of them all the way down to the river jump. What had been a gentle 52 inch deep trickle on Saturday was now a knee deep torrent that was more than a little daunting for many runners. Despite a few slips and falls, nearly everyone managed to clear the obstacle course with nothing more than a cold dunking. The ambulance staff stayed warm and dry and kept watch without having to act.

Retracing their steps, the runners made their way back to the picturesque village of Chiddingfold where the local football club let us use their pavilion for warm showers after a tough race. Jane’s awesome lemon drizzle cake was even more popular than the bacon rolls Runners,  now warmed, all left smiling and looking forwards to next year’s race on the 22nd Nov 2015. Early bird entries open on the 1st December at http://run-forest-run.co.uk.

A huge thanks to all the marshals for giving up their Sunday mornings and a massive thank you to my co-race-organiser Jane. See you all next year!


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Fowlshatch Copse is a privately owned Woodland in the AONB Surrey Hills. Owned by Jane and Bruce Devlin, it is a planted ancient woodland, which is in dire need of love and attention.

There is a Woodland Plan, approved by the Forestry Commission, that focuses on sustainable woodland management. Harvesting of the conifer cover is a slow process, and timber extracted is used for wood-fuel, round-wood  (or whole-wood) building projects.

We are grateful to everyone who has helped us understand how to manage woods sustainably. So many people to thank: Dave Vickers who runs chainsaw courses, and helps with felling and harvesting, Louise Green for identifying species of wild flowers and how to help them thrive and volunteers, friends and the wonderful woodland enthusiasts so generous with time and energy and advice.

The Silva Foundation and their initiative Good Woods and myForest have been invaluable in keeping us up to date and on the journey towards a future thriving and sustainable Fowlshatch Copse. We attained a Silver star rating in January 2015

There is a community wood-fuel scheme, Logs4Labour supported by Chiddgreen, The National Trust at Swan Barn Farm and Transition Haslemere. Anyone can join in, and more woodlands are always welcome to join the project.

If you want more, please visit the Contact page.

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Logs4Labour Information by Email

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Logs4Labour Products

Items here are available to buy – order on-line and collect by arrangement from Fowlshatch Copse.

On-line Orders (Click here to place orders and make secure payments on-line)

Log Stove £10 (£20 for three; £40 for 8)

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Easy to light with a small piece of firelighter, and can be put out using water, and reused.   A wide bottomed pan with a lid, or classic camping kettle boils in minutes… Total burn time about 2 hours. Quite portable, we recommend placing on a stable surface or tray of sand if you are worried about the damage to your lawn/terrace.

Patio Heater £15 (£25 for two; £40 for four)

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Easy to light and spectacular in the dusk and dark. We recommend placing them on a stable surface or tray of sand. Can be put out with a jug of water, and relit. Watch out at the end of the burn, pieces may fall whilst still alight to a distance of 1.5 m. Very popular as ‘birthday’ candles!

Really Useful Log Bags £3 (£10 oor four) Great for transporting logs and keeping your car tidy. Perfect size for two people to carry.





Link to online shop – All prices are based on you collecting them from Fowlshatch Copse.

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Logs4Labour – Home Page

Welcome to the Logs4Labour Home page

Wherever you see thl4llogosmallis logo, you know you are in touch with the community Wood-fuel scheme based around Haslemere and Chiddingfold. Supported by Chiddgreen, The National Trust at Swan Barn Farm and Transition Haslemere, we aim to bring local woodlands back into sustainable management, and produce renewable fuel in the form of logs – for  wood-burners. Open to all, not-for-profit, lots of  fun.

NEWS for 2016-17

New! Yeoman roles for regulars to help build a skills base and pass on knowledge and methods to new people.

All this is made possible through generous support from our friends. If you have skills you are happy to share, or can help with renovating and maintaining our hand-tools, contact us.

Many Thanks to Nikki Barton, Independent Surrey County Council Councillor for Haslemere, who last year approved a £300 grant to help Logs4Labour purchase tools

Useful Links

L4L Events page  For 2016- 2017 dates


New to it all?   L4L Email notifications of events – sign up form

L4L Products ‘For Sale’


Gallery – take a look at the kind of things we do!



Thank you for taking an interest in our scheme. Excerpt from our ‘How it works’ Document.

 A Community Woodfuel scheme in Woodlands around Haslemere and Chiddingfold

Logs 4 Labour is the umbrella coordinating body, organised by  Chiddgreen (CG), with support from Transition Haslemere (TH) and the National Trust at Swan Barn Farm (SBF).
The scheme is event based, with organised days in the woods. Jane Devlin is the main co-ordinator. Anyone can help and volunteer!
The woods are marked on this map ( Google maps, opens in a new window.)
There is no membership fee. Events are free and open to all, unless otherwise mentioned in the event particulars.
Participation by volunteering labour in the woods is essential to get wood – this differentiates Logs 4 Labour from a firewood business.
Logs are collected at the end of events  – a small donation is requested to keep the scheme going – Costs include insurance, tool maintenance and refreshments.
A carload should be about £10. Big cars more, please.


TH and CG market the scheme and events. Interested people are added to a Logs 4 Labour mailing list, a subset of the TH mailing
list.  TH and CG publicise Logs 4 Labour on their websites, at events and farmers market stall.




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