Archive for 2009

Paling course – by Toby | 30th Dec, 2009

We’ve just spent a very interesting time with Peter Jones in Kent, brushing up on our paling technique.

(sorry  Ali, great photo!)

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Tree O Clock at Malvern Community Forest – by Phil | 27th Dec, 2009

As part of National tree week and the BBC’s attempt to beat the Guinness world record for the most number of trees planted in multiple locations in one hour. ( the current record is 653,143) we held a tree planting event at Ravenshill Nature Reserve, Alfrick.

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Sussex Wildlife trust West Weald newsletter | 23rd Dec, 2009

A very long title, just to say that SWT has a new newsletter for the West Weald!

(Nuthatch by Mike Pepler)

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Snow days! | 20th Dec, 2009

Well, who has snow in their woods then? Sadly, in our patch in  East Sussex we only got a little smattering, but in West Sussex, Greyman had loads! He sent us some amazing photos. Anyone else got some pictures to share? Email them to me and I will pop them up.

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Yorkshire and Humber woodfuel suppliers forum – by Rudie | 17th Dec, 2009

I should like to invite you to attend the  Regional Woodfuel Suppliers Forum on 21st of January 2010, at Carlshead Farm, Sicklinghall, Harrogate.

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The real hedge fund | 11th Dec, 2009

Want to plant a new hedge? Then this grant might be for you!

(photo from Allan Rogers) (and I know it is not a new hedge, but it is a great photo!)

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BTCV environmental courses | 10th Dec, 2009

Thinking of a career in conservation or countryside management. . . or maybe just want to brush up your knowledge and experience . . . or discover more hands-on ways to address climate change challenges?The best way to learn practical skills is  ‘hands on’ and that is the underlying principle of our environmental training courses.

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Tree O Clock | 07th Dec, 2009

Phil, Darren and Jill have been planting so many trees in their woods  for Tree O Clock!

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Coppicing survey – by Debbie | 06th Dec, 2009

Coppicing is a traditional and sustainable way of managing woodland.  Trees are cut down to ground level and then grow up with several stems.  The process can be repeated indefinitely, the time between cutting depending on type of tree and intended use.   Many different plants and animals – from butterflies to dormice – benefit from the increased light levels and shrubby re-growth that result from coppicing.

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December 09 newsletter | 01st Dec, 2009

Not snowing yet, but we can hope that it might at least stop raining!

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Coppicing courses by Phil, Malvern Coppicing | 25th Nov, 2009

Phil has got some new dates for courses coming up.

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SWOG Meetings – Delamere | 22nd Nov, 2009

21 SWOG members met up on a very wet and windy November day in Delamere Forest. We went out for a walk first thing before the heavy rain arrived.

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Butterfly conservation update | 20th Nov, 2009

Fran sent us an update of their work in Denge wood.  It looks very exciting, and they are counting Duke of Burgundy butterflies!  The habitat is being greatly improved for butterflies and moths – who are good indicators on the general health of the woodland.

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Adding value to woodland products – by Woodtroll | 18th Nov, 2009

I thought I would share some pictures of some work I have done for a client. A cherry banister and an oak ladder. All the wood was taken from her own woodland.

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A visit to Alvecote Wood – by Phil | 16th Nov, 2009

My wife, Karen and I, as well as other SWOG members went to Sarah Walters’ open day at wood at Alvecote in Warwickshire on Sunday and had a very enjoyable and informative time.


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