Lochbroom Woodfuels

sustainable woodfuels ~ creating opportunities

Lochbroom Woodfuels Ltd is a community-owned social enterprise based in Ullapool, in the Highlands of Scotland. We're committed to creating a reliable and sustainable firewood supply chain in our area and providing supported training and work placements for young people.

The Wood Life

I am about halfway through my internship at Lochbroom Woodfuels and I have been having good time so far. This is the second job I’ve had after graduating from university and it couldn’t be more different. My previous job involved working at a desk analysing data for offshore windfarm safety, whereas now I’m taking groups of young people outdoors into the wilderness. Well, nature reserves, so it’s very well managed and maintained wilderness, but it’s still a contrast.

This is a lot of “first times” for me: it’s my first time working with young people; my first time working at a social enterprise and my first time in Ullapool. I’ve had to do a lot of networking, which is also new to me. I’ve been getting in touch with school teachers, local rangers and other youth workers. I found it difficult the first few times, just approaching or contacting complete strangers, but I feel much more comfortable with it now. It was just about building confidence.

I like exploring the highlands. It even manages to look good in bad weather. There’s still something really impressive about the landscape in the mist. So far my favourite thing to do is to scout out potential locations to take groups of young people for outdoor education. Not many people get to go to local beauty spots as part of their job.

By Cameron Clow