re:heat launches funded forestry programme with call for woodland owners and innovators to join

A new three-year programme has launched today, 22nd September, to bring more woodland into active management in the North East and Yorkshire by working with woodland owners and forestry innovators.

Northwoods, a programme funded by the Forestry Commission through the Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Funds (WiMFIF) – part of the UK Government’s Nature for Climate Fund – has been established to accelerate innovative approaches and technology to stimulate practical action in unmanaged and undermanaged woodlands, as well as improve biodiversity and sustainability.

The programme will deliver fully funded expert advice, one-to-one innovation support, events, webinars, networking, technology demonstrations (including through providing access to forestry sites) and will survey stakeholders to establish their opinions of woodland management. Northwoods is being managed by Northumberland-based low carbon heat and forestry consultancy, Reheat, joined by a consortium of industry experts, including Sylva Foundation, Timber Auctions, RDI Associates, Martin Glynn FICFor, and Green Business Finance.

The programme is open to all types of woodland owners, including those from across the public, private and charity sectors, and particularly those interested in bringing areas of unmanaged woodland back into management, or with an interest in forestry innovation. Solutions such as electrification of the forest and timber supply chains, the rise of mapping technology and the myForest app (managed by Sylva Foundation) will be explored and demonstrated throughout the programme.

Reheat director, Neil Harrison, said: “Northwoods has the potential to be an important tool for addressing major challenges in today’s forestry market, as well as educating programme participants about the future of woodland management. We will demonstrate how innovation and technology can be implemented and work closely with those operating in forestry and those seeking to enter woodland management. The outputs from Northwoods promise to be truly significant, so I urge woodland owners and innovators to get involved.”

Forestry Commission Grant Manager, Jack Clough, said: “The Forestry Commission are delighted to be providing support for this project which will enable woodland owners of all types to overcome barriers to management. Through the Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Funds, the Forestry Commission are supporting a range of projects, including Northwoods, designed to improve the ecological condition of our woodlands”

The call to register interest with the Northwoods programme is now open, and those wishing to find out more or participate should visit the website, as well as engage with the programme on social media: Twitter (@northwoods_wm) and LinkedIn.

We’re recruiting.

Are you good at building long-term relationships? Are you supremely organised, do you pay attention to detail? Can you work confidently and at ease with clients and with suppliers?

Yes? Then we’d love to hear from you…

We’re looking to fill the role of a Key Account Manager, helping our team to look after our renewable energy heat-supply contracts. The renewable energy industry, and in particular the renewable heat sector, is set to grow significantly over the next few years. There’s a lot of work to do to convert the UK’s heating sector from being heavily reliant on fossil fuels to renewable sources of heat. re:heat are in an excellent place to continue our decade of work with commercial, industrial and process heat users across the UK to help them decarbonise and achieve net-Zero status.

We need to add a key member of the team who fills the following criteria:

  • Supremely well organised
  • Problem solver, solution focussed
  • A people-person, excellent at building long-term relationships
  • Works confidently with clients and suppliers
  • Working across the Midlands, North of England and Scotland
  • Able to contribute to tenders and to help build our heat-supply business
  • Experience of renewable energy and biomass would be beneficial, but certainly not essential

If this sounds like you, please get in touch. We’re a great company to work for, offering a great deal of flexibility, freedom and potential for growth. We work in a wide variety of places and environments – from forests to historic buildings and properties, through to international work alongside global clients.

Please send an email with a few more details about you and requesting more information about the job to:


Most of the team at re:heat will be operating as normal during the lockdown period. We will endeavour to keep as many of our customers systems operational during this period, only undertaking essential works. Our consultancy work continues, and we’re always pleased to hear from new and old clients with enquiries relating to new system design, installation, procurement, improvement, optimisation and remedial works.

Our dedicated engineers are providing breakdown cover and some servicing where it’s necessary, taking all the necessary precautions to stay safe. We have introduced new bespoke systems, including the production of site-specific risk assessments and method statements to deal with on-site operations which will help our team, and our customers stay as safe as possible during any operational work.

Please do get in touch with our service team if you’d like to book a service in or if you’re having a problem with your biomass system, we’ll continue to do our best to help. Whilst our Head Office in Alnwick is temporarily closed, we have a call forwarding service, so if you call the office number (01665 665 040) then please leave a message and one of our team will be back in touch as soon as we can.

For anything else you think we might be able to help with, please get in touch on and as ever we’ll do our best to help.

Stay safe and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.



re:heat have had an urgent request from the Scottish Government to monitor the health and robustness of the wood fuel supply chain to meet the heating needs of wood fuel users in Scotland in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are gathering opinion from a range of companies involved in the biomass fuel supply chain in Scotland and I’d like to ask for your input to that process. We then collate that information for the Scottish Government to keep them abreast of the state of the market. Ultimately this is to ensure continuity of fuel supply for users dependent on wood fuel – for example there are a number of care homes, hospitals etc which are dependent on either chip or pellet supplies for their heating needs. This process also allows the industry to let government know what help and support is needed.
Can we ask for your input / opinion please, as follows –

  1. Are you aware of any immediate impacts of the Covid 19 outbreak on supply chains, e.g. staff off sick, contractors being denied access to sites, etc.
  2. What impact, if any, do you think the outbreak will have on woodfuel supply chains from the forest to end users? What impact is this having / do you expect it to have on price?
  3. Where do you think there might be any particular pinch points?
  4. What plans are you putting in place to protect your own staff and to ensure business continuity?
  5. Any other useful thoughts or comments?

Please note that this provides an excellent opportunity to let the government know what the industry needs. Please take advantage of this opportunity to support our industry through this difficult time by replying to this consultation request. Participants will be emailed a redacted copy of the memo for information.
Thanks in anticipation of your input. For more information, or to respond to the consultation, please email:

We’re Recruiting!

A fantastic career opportunity has arisen for a recent graduate to join our team.  The role will be based in Alnwick, a pleasant market town situated 40 minutes north of Newcastle.

Biomass is Europe’s and the UK’s largest renewable energy sector and this role provides an opportunity to grow not only your own career, but to help the sector continue to increase its contribution to meeting the UK’s low carbon ambitions.

There will be a requirement to travel in the UK and potentially overseas.

Ben providing consultancy and research advice

Essential Skills and Qualifications

To be considered for this role you will ideally have a BSc or MSc in any of the following subjects or related disciplines : Renewable Energy, Forestry, Energy Engineering and Sustainability, Sustainable Buildings, Geography, Environmental Science, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, Environmental Management or Economics.  However, we would consider any recent graduate with the right attitude and approach, or potentially someone with a few years experience in an unrelated field that is seeking to move into a growth industry.

Full details of the role can be found in the job description below.

Renewable Energy Consultant Job Description

Vacancy for Service Administrator

re:heat have a vacancy for a Service Administrator based at our office in Alnwick.  The role has been created to support the growth of our service and maintenance activities in the biomass energy sector across the UK.

The ideal candidate will have experience in a similar setting and will be comfortable working in a technical engineering environment.  They will also be IT literate, highly organised, pro-active and an excellent communicator.

We offer flexible hours, a competitive salary and a stimulating working environment with a  company which is committed to being at the forefront of the renewable energy industry.

For more information please download the job description here : Service Administrator Job Description

Or you can email us on or call us on 01665 665 040.

Barkers of Northallerton on choosing biomass and re:heat

Barkers Distribution Centre

Barkers of Northallerton is going green with a custom designed, environmentally friendly heating system, thanks to the expertise of Alnwick firm, re:heat.

The Barkers Home store on Yafforth Road is renowned across North Yorkshire and beyond for selling exceptional furniture, furnishings and fittings. Deliveries are a vital part of the operation and that’s where the Distribution Warehouse on Standard Way in Northallerton comes in.

Sean Spence, Distribution Manager, explains “We wanted an environmentally friendly heating system to maintain the ideal, constant temperature for furniture storage. re:heat, North East based biomass energy specialists and Heating engineer Gary Oliver, from Darlington, worked together to design and install a 350kW woodchip boiler, creating one of the most sophisticated furniture storage and handling facilities in the country.”

Ben Tansey of re:heat said “Working with Barkers and with Gary was fantastic. We were delighted to get the opportunity to team up with this iconic local firm. The new boiler is working perfectly and it’s great to hear that the distribution centre team are pleased with it too.”

Gary Oliver, Managing Director of G A Oliver Ltd, agreed saying“Barkers were a pleasure to work with and the project went extremely well.”

Find out more about what Barkers has to offer by visiting the website: Gary Oliver and his team can be reached online at

Neil Harrison and Ben Tansey founded re:heat in 2011 to assist businesses of all sizes with converting to sustainable, low carbon wood fuel heating systems

Modern heating developments take centre stage at National Trust property

Wallington Hall re-sized

The public is invited to find out more about the National Trust’s progress in substantially reducing carbon emissions at its properties.

The historic mansion house and gardens of Wallington Hall estate in Northumberland have seen some dramatic changes behind the scenes over the past few months. The Wallington biomass district heating scheme involves introducing the very latest in green technology to the 17th century premises, a development which supports the National Trust’s environmental commitments.

The Trust aims to substantially reduce carbon emissions at its properties by switching to more renewable energy sources and to deliver 50 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020.

On Thursday 6 July, the Wallington estate will hold an open day to allow the public to see more of this complex and ambitious project. The cutting-edge scheme has seen the installation of two 130kw wood pellet fired biomass boilers, which now provide heat and hot water to the main hall, estate cottages, offices, gift shop and café.

The open day coincides with other events to mark Community Energy Fortnight (24 June – 9 July) and the Climate Coalition’s Week of Action (1 – 9 July), under what is being called the ‘Powering Together’ initiative. The aim is to highlight and explore how the community energy sector is working together to ensure energy is efficiently used, generated renewably and any benefits produced shared locally.

The work at Wallington has been carried out by North East-based biomass specialist, re:heat which was appointed by the National Trust in December 2016 to remove the estate’s inefficient oil fired boilers and install the renewable fueled heating and hot water system. It is not the first time that re:heat has worked with the National Trust, having installed two wood pellet fired biomass boilers at Nunnington Hall, near York, in summer 2016.

Ben Tansey, re:heat director, said:

“We were delighted to be working with the National Trust again and this has been an exciting project to be involved with. Wallington is a sensitive site, steeped in history, so there were some unique challenges to overcome to provide the best possible heating solution without adversely impacting on the existing building and grounds.

“We’re pleased with what we have been able to accomplish here and the benefits that the new system will provide the National Trust long term.”

National Trust project manager, Adrian Fox, said:

“In addition to reducing impact on the environment by removing the oil powered heating systems, switching to biomass affords us a level of security in no longer responding to fluctuating oil prices and the money saved can be used in the continued conservation of the property.”

If you are interested in the open day and would like to find out more, please call re:heat on 01665 665 040 or email


Biomass Engineer Vacancy

A new opportunity has arisen with re:heat.  Ideally based in Northumberland, but working across the UK, we are looking for a Biomass Engineer with 3 or more years previous experience and an electrical bias.  The ideal candidate will be able to contribute enthusiastically to the wide variety of opportunities that re:heat are actively working on – from boiler installations through to consultancy, and providing first class support to our many customers across the north of England and Scotland.

The successful candidate would be primarily based at our office in Alnwick, but be willing and able to travel as required by the role.  We would also consider suitable candidates who may not be based in, or be willing to relocate to Northumberland.

The duties of the Biomass Engineer will include :

  • Installation and commissioning of biomass boilers throughout the UK.
  • Providing phone support to customers and other engineers working on fault finding.
  • Working on domestic, commercial and industrial biomass boilers.
  • Working independently for small commercial and domestic jobs.
  • Working as part of a team to assist in the installation of large commercial and industrial projects.
  • Carrying out programmes of remedial work on third party installations.
  • Servicing and maintaining customers’ biomass boilers.

For the role of Biomass Engineer, the candidate is expected to :

  • Ideally, have prior experience of installation and commissioning of biomass boilers.
  • Be electrically biased, and be able to fault find electrical and control systems.
  • Be experienced on biomass boiler controls and their integration with heating control systems.
  • Be prepared to work long hours when necessary, as well as travel throughout the UK.

Candidates with experience of working on ETA, Fröling and Herz equipment would be at a particular advantage, but we work with a wide range of systems from other manufacturers, and full  training would be provided.

If you would be interested in joining a small, friendly company with an excellent reputation, and growing within the biomass industry, please contact Ben Tansey ( for an informal and confidential discussion.

We offer a competitive salary and contributory pension scheme, training with leading manufacturers and a varied and stimulating work environment.