The Natural Charcoal Company
We’re on a mission to provide lovingly made charcoal products in the most ethical and sustainable way possible. And we’re spreading the word about charcoal as one of the world’s oldest yet most amazing and planet-friendly substances.
Charcoal has been used for thousands of years and in many ways, from water filtration to digestive detoxification. Reading about the ‘Terra Preta’ soils in the amazon really captured our imagination. The soils, discovered in the 1980s, were found to be incredibly fertile due to the addition of charcoal, over many years, by the ancient tribes who lived on them. This understanding, coupled with charcoal’s net-zero carbon credentials, inspired us to develop our charcoal enterprise, which exclusively uses wood from the 33-acre semi-natural ancient woodland in Cumbria’s Rusland Valley where we live off-grid.
We’ve been making BBQ charcoal for over 10 years but 6 years ago, on an extended winter trip to Spain, we met charcoal-maker Raz who was super passionate about its varied uses. He inspired me by explaining that it’s a simple, natural material that has been used for 1000s of years and it’s only relatively recently that our society has forgotten about many of its uses. That meeting really lit my fire and since then, I’ve slowly introduced new charcoal and biochar products, refining and testing them over time to create the range we make and sell today.
With its ability to absorb and remove toxins from the body, granulated charcoal for animals is a natural option for aiding digestion and maintaining good gut health. Charcoal for animals also naturally combats flatulence and bad breath.
Using gardener’s biochar is a natural way to improve soil and plant health by building better soil structure and soil biology. The benefits can include increased yield and better tasting vegetables as well as greater water retention in light soils, and improved drainage and aeration in heavy soils. It also helps disease and pest resistance by supporting beneficial microbes and fungi.
Cooking outside is nourishing for the soul as well as the belly. Our British barbeque charcoal is a healthier alternative to imported charcoal as it’s a pure substance that burns well without the use of added chemicals. As well as being healthier, your food tastes better when cooked over natural British BBQ charcoal.
Charcoal products have many different uses: biochar in gardens to improve plant and soil health, charcoal for animals to absorb toxins and aid digestion, and charcoal as a water filter to name a few. Due to its ability to sequester carbon it is an important tool in tackling climate change.