Olive Root Wood
Olive trees, (olea europea) are some of the oldest trees on the planet, Spain has over 300 million and is the world leader in olive and olive oil production. Every year the olive trees are pruned after the olive harvest to promote new growth for the following season. This process generates a lot of olive wood which is generally used for fire wood. After typically 50 to 75 years (or more) of olive production some trees begin to yield less and less olives, these are then cut down and the root removed so new trees can be planted. We take the roots and then split them into manageable sized pieces, then grade them for flaking and chipping with specialist, non contaminating machinery. All our mature olive root wood products are therefore completely natural and intensely aromatic.
Expert Report on Sustainability
Scientific studies have documented the positive effects of olive growing on the environment. In addition to the role played by the olive tree in safeguarding biodiversity, improving soil, and as a barrier to desertification, there is evidence that specific agricultural practices have the capacity to increase the atmospheric CO2 fixed in permanent vegetative structures (biomass) and in the soil. On a practical and local level, the annual pruning and occasional replacement of olive trees generates high quality sustainably produced hardwood for use in many industries, and the low water demand of the olive tree minimises environmental impact. Current olive oil production techniques prevalent in Spain are similarly sustainable, as confirmed by the ISO 1400 Enviromental Management Accreditation.
Walter Truscott (CMLI)
Environmental Assessment Consultant.