Helen grew up on her family farm in Wiltshire. Having left the same Uni with the same degree as Luke it was no surprise that when fate (*cough* tinder *cough*) flung the pair together they got on alright and decided to shack up and start a family.
Initially the idea for producing British charcoal was Luke’s. Wanting to work for himself and from home, him now being a family man, and having always had a keen interest in woodland management he soon came across the benefits of producing British sustainable charcoal and felt that this was an exciting opportunity that needed pursuing.
“The world is at a turning point. Currently there is a swell in our society of passion towards looking after our environment. It’s going beyond just doing our bit, it’s changing perception and policy, and it’s saying there needs to be clarity in how things are produced and recognising that cheaper for the consumer often means costly for the natural world.”
It was this thought process that fuelled Luke’s crackpot idea into reality. Not only would he get to see his family, he’d also watch them grow up with the ideals of striving for biodiverse woodland ecosystems and working locally to benefit society.
So after consideration about how to actually achieve this little venture and having brought everyone on board, it wasn’t long before Slate Hill Charcoal Co was conceived. It was a few months and the odd set back later however before production began…