- The ability to collect undergrowth in the forest has been around for a long time, but has not been popular for a number of years
- This has changed this year. After the so-called rows of willing people queuing
- A trailer made of such material will cost about PLN 35 and, depending on the calorific value of the wood, it will be enough for 2-3 weeks of heating
- You can find more such information on the Onet homepage
From the beginning of the year, more and more people in forest areas are asking about the possibility of the so-called branch branches. This wood is left over from the processing of raw wood. Usually they are different types of branches, branches, treetops that are cut from the block. For years, people eagerly took advantage of the opportunity to purchase such wood.
– It is a raw material that requires a lot of labor, someone has to come to the forest, spend time and strength to prepare general cargo or otherwise small wood – says Paweł Kosin, spokesman for the Daleszyce Forest District.
The rest of the article can be found below the video
Also read: “Chrrust plus”, that is, we explain what it’s all about. Prices and rules for collecting wood
For several years there has been little interest in branching in forest areas. People would rather buy a ready-made raw material than waste time buying it themselves. However, the more expensive gas, coal, eco-pea coal or pellets created queues in the forests. – We have noticed a lot of interest since the beginning of the year. When someone came to a forester last year and asked about the possibility of making a branch, the forester immediately designated such an area. At this point, you may have to wait until the saws have done their job and you can enter the cutting area – says Paweł Kosin.
Demand is high and foresters are concerned that it will be met. The Daleszyce Forest District spokesperson reminds that forests cannot increase the amount of wood quickly because they work according to an annual plan. – We come up with actions that are easiest for us without legislative changes: we give access to areas where work has been done in previous years and no one has been given offices there. We have generally not done this before. It was easier to access fresh places, because the branch was more accessible, it was not overgrown with grass. We also have the green light to transfer some of the timber hired by industrial recipients and not collected to the retail pool – explains Paweł Kosin.
The government is also continuously working on regulations to facilitate access to the branch.
Also read: Wholesale energy prices are breaking new records. This way our electricity bill can rise
Trailer for 35 PLN
Gałęziówka cannot be taken from the forests for free. Those who want to use such resources should report to the forester, who will show them the area where the trees have been cut and the general cargo is located. You have to pick it up, put it in a pile and wait for the ranger to take a reading and issue a mark. Only after you pay for it can you get the resource from the forest. – A cubic meter of such wood, which is 4 spatial meters, ie a large trailer, costs PLN 35 in our forest inspection. I think A branch trailer is sufficient, in not particularly frosty winters, quiet for 2-3 weeks of heating – says Paweł Kosin.
He recalls that the calorific value of this raw material mainly depends on the type of wood and spices. – The seasoned raw material, which lasts for two seasons, dries in good conditions, is more calorific and needs to be used less to obtain more thermal energy. Such wood must dry to a humidity of less than 15%. or about 12 percent. “This is best to use in ovens,” he says.
He recalls that the most calorific wood species of deciduous trees, the so-called hard: hornbeam, beech, oak, then birch. The least calorific are conifers, ie soft: pine, spruce or fir.
Also read: The EU wants to ban gas stoves. The Polish government’s flagship program must be unscrewed
“Brushwood Isn’t Enough for Everyone”
Gałęziówka will enjoy growing popularity. The eco pea coals already cost 2.5 thousand. PLN per tonne. For 3 tons of coal you will have to pay 8-9 thousand. PLN, and it is still not known whether this is enough for the whole winter. Gas prices are rising at an insane pace. The price tag has a strong impact on the wallet, so the search for alternatives will become more important. However, the industry is not a solution to the current problems. – That the rulers are using the collection of undergrowth as a systemic solution to a catastrophic situation, for which they are largely responsible, is bizarre – says Krzysztof Cibora, head of the nature team at Greenpeace.
He notes that in recent years the government has spent blocking the development of renewables and holding on to coal largely imported from Russia. – Now we all pay a heavy price for it. To ensure that this price does not rise further and we are not all forced to participate in the National Brush Collection Plus program, urgent and bold changes are needed – unblocking renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency , decisively supporting the development of low-emission solutions in heating, such as heat pumps. This undergrowth isn’t enough for all of us — he says.