MY BURNING PASSION FOR CHARCOAL
When he was eight years old, Ben Short met a charcoal burner on the Hampshire downs during a school trip.
It was an encounter that
Ben never forgot and, after building a career in advertising, he spent a year learning how to restore and manage woodland coppices. It’s a way of life that dates back aeons. ‘The materials with which I make my living, making charcoal,’ he says, ‘couldn’t be more simple – wood, earth, air and fire. I deal in elements.’
His charcoal kiln is at Eggardon Hill, an Iron Age hill fort on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.