Wood is the source of heat for all the houses on Erraid and so the cutting and splitting of wood is an essential part of life here all year round. All the wood (mainly Larch), is locally sourced from Tiroran forest on the Isle of Mull. The wood burning stoves heat the hot water for radiators and showers. The scraps and bark go back to the gardens as mulch, and the sawdust from using the chainsaw helps keep our compost toilets fresh meaning that nothing is wasted. This all helps us with one of our aims of living a sustainable lifestyle.
At low tide we use the tractor to bring the wood
across the beach, before it is cut into logs with a chainsaw, split and stacked. Then about once a week most members and guests on Erraid help with a wood run from the wood shed up into the houses with a chain of people to load and unload the trailer. This process is a team effort of residents, guest and volunteers all playing a big role in helping keep this cycle turning.