About Us


The British Biochar Foundation concept was set up by a small group who met in Oxford, this small group eventually ended up as just three volunteers; two biochar scientists and a social entrepreneur.

Dr. Simon Shackley (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh )

Dr. Cecile Girardin (ECI, University of Oxford)

Darren Hopkins

These three have driven forward with the Foundation’s mission because of the realisation for the need of some coordination and mutual support and direction of biochar development activities and use in the UK. 20140510_104013

Their aim is to provide a place for developers, producers, enthusiasts and anyone else who is interested in a low carbon economy to come together to share knowledge, experience, ideas and contacts.

This would include community groups, charities, allotment societies, farmers, charcoal producers, project developers, social enterprises, community interest companies (CICs) and cooperatives, companies – big and small, researchers, local authorities, schools and colleges – in fact anyone who is interested in or who wishes to help with “the sustainable deployment of biochar and it’s technology in the UK”

They set about creating a membership organisation and held their first conference in June 2013, in Oxford. The event was a huge success and following this they recruited 9 other members to work with them on driving their vision forward. Another successful conference was held in July, 2014 with live technology demonstrations, talks and live skype links from leaders in the biochar industry.

The team at the British Biochar Foundation are all extremely passionate about what they do and look forward to working with communities, commerce, science, politics and society as a whole in bringing balance and structure to the emerging biochar arena.

By doing so, we all win!