About Us

An independent family run coal and solid fuels merchant.
Serving the local community with coal, bottled gas, wood, compost and vehicle storage.
Located in the heart of the Mendip hills, Somerset.


September - March
Monday - Saturday
8am - 6pm
Sunday 9am - 12pm

April - August
Monday - Saturday
9am - 6pm
Sunday Closed


The yard runs as a cash and carry, where all good must be paid for before leaving the yard.

Payment can be made by cash or card.

All items are priced in GBP (British pounds) and prices are shown correct when uploaded onto the website.

Prices and stock may change.


Edward Symes started the business in the 1950's and supplied to schools, churches and homes. Coal was delivered by stream train to Wanstrow train station (next door to the coal yard) with wood being cut down from the near-by woodland and chopped up to meet the needs of the local community.

When Edward passed away, his children and now grandchildren took over the independent family owned and run company. In 2002, Edward's sons sold the loose coal side of the business to Northover Fuels and diversified into pre-packed coal, bottled gas, garden supplies and long term vehicle storage.

Today, around 120 tonnes of coal is moved within the yard (compared to thousands of tonne during the peak coal industry) and diversity is required to keep the family run business sustainable and afloat. Therefore, in 2018, planning permission was approved for a rare breed farm park to make use of the agricultural land surrounding the coal yard with aims to consolidate and enhance the business.


VAT varies on the products and services.

Coal, smokeless fuels, charcoal and bottled gas are sold with 5% VAT.

Garden products, storage and fuel sundries are sold with 20% VAT.