The agreement will see the two companies working together on woodfuel supply, with Forest Fuels managing woodfuel supply contracts and providing technical advice & support, while Gristwood and Toms concentrate on production of the fuel.
Forest Fuels director Sam Whatmore said: "We have been operating in the premium grade woodfuel market for five years now, and currently have over 50 customers from Swansea to Oxford to Poole, and all points South West. This new tie-up will allow us to offer our technical expertise in managing successful woodfuel contracts to clients in the South East and East of England, confident that we have a good quality source of material.
"We have learnt over the last few years that successful operation of a woodfuel contract is much more than simply tipping woodchip into the fuel store – and that successful production of premium grade fuel is a lot more than simply putting material through a chipper. Our team’s technical expertise, "been there before" knowledge, and customer focus, means that we are very well placed to help clients through the often painful process of biomass. We will support the Gristwood & Toms team in achieving and maintaining the required fuel quality standards."
Gristwood & Toms director Andy Toms said: "We have worked with Forest Fuels and Sam for six months now, and feel that this partnership will work very well for all concerned. We have a large number long-term arboricultural contracts throughout the country, and this is a great way of making best use of the arboricultural arisings we produce."
The companies will offer local authorities "closed loop" recycling of timber where arisings from tree maintenance operations will be chipped, conditioned and processed, and then burnt in the local authority’s boiler.