The hatchet man | 30th Jul, 2009
Tim has been making hatchets!
The attached picture shows a small beech tree (approx 25cm at 1.4m). In an area dominated by sycamore, it is one of the few trees I wanted to retain in the long term, but I fear it might not survive.
SWOG and Woodlands.co.uk went to the Great Yorkshire Show in June. We had lots of free stuff to give away!
There are some exciting new courses available in the SE for woodland owners.
The National school of forestry in Cumbria offers a range of courses.
You can read about the short and longer term courses, including chainsaw use, here.
Many woodland owners and gardeners would like to know more about planting blue bells in their woodland and garden. Peter Buckley has sent us some guidance on the topic.
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Finding the right kind of insurance for family woodlands has proven to be rather difficult. Thanks to Toby, who put us in touch with Beech Tree Insurance, we now finally have some more options. We now have the option to insure friends and family who are helping us in our woods, at a reasonable price.
Mike and I had a great time visiting Fiona in her wood recently.
Hazel dormice are small, rarely seen creatures which live predominantly in our woodlands and hedgerows. Over the last century their distribution has shrunk due to loss of their woodland habitats, a decline in the use of traditional coppicing methods and the fact that unlike other small mammals they find it harder to recover their numbers quickly as they are slow to breed, tending to only have one litter a year.
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Sean has sent us some amazing pictures of the poppies near his wood.
We have loads of opportunities to meet up over the next few months. Anyone else like to have an ‘open woodland’ day- especially in the North and Wales regions- get in touch with me.
The July newsletter is now out, you can download it from here if you didn’t get it by email. We also have been sent some chainsaw and other courses from National School of Forestry, Penrith, details below too!
Nick sent us a photo of a painted lady caterpillar on a thistle leaf. (sorry, pic keeps disappearing, site problems!)
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