Archive for 2010

SWOG meeting, Rusper | 14th Dec, 2010

Our meeting in December was a bit of a gamble with the weather, but we had a stunningly beautiful winter day in a gorgeous woodland.

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English Woodland Grant Scheme – Latest | 12th Dec, 2010

All the latest news from the Forestry Commission’s English Woodland Grant Scheme, managing ancient woodland,  claiming payment and news of the recent website changes. Please download from  here.

Photo Competition | 06th Dec, 2010

Medway Valley Countryside Partnership  have an ongoing photography competition.
running water

Photo courtesy of Elaine Hodgson

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Christmas & New Year newsletter | 01st Dec, 2010

The Christmas & New Year newsletter is now available to download from the link below.

A bumper Christmas and New Year edition of the newsletter is kicked off with some truly seasonal weather.  So if you can’t get to work, or even worse, make it to the woods, here’s an opportunity to snuggle up by the fire with a hot drink and enjoy this extended edition.

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A meeting in Carmarthenshire – Hosted by Malcolm & Joan | 21st Nov, 2010

Many thanks to Malcolm and Joan who kindly hosted a well attended meeting at their wood in Carmathenshire.  Everyone who attended has said what  a fantastic day they had, warmed by Malcolm and Joan’s hot soup and awed by their stunning woodland.

Thanks also go to Chris who sums up the day in the article below and to Elaine who took, as ever, some great pictures which you can view here.

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Horse logging event | 15th Nov, 2010

There is a free horse logging event at St Julian’s (near Sevenoaks) on Thursday 18th November and there will also be a firewood processing machinery demonstration from Jonathan Latham from Forestry Equipment. The event is aimed at land managers and woodland owners.

All welcome,  for more details click on the flyer

November newsletter | 02nd Nov, 2010

The November newsletter is now available to download from the link below.

Autumn colours

Autumn colours - Picture courtesy of Elaine Hodgeson

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Wooded landscapes conference | 01st Nov, 2010

Lyn Palmer, Historic Environment Awareness Project Officer for the Weald Forest Ridge  in conjunction with the Sussex Archaeological  Society is organising , ‘The Archaeology of Wooded Landscapes’ conference next February.

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Southern Gas Network grants | 29th Oct, 2010

Camilla Blackburn, living landscape project officer with the Kent Wildlife Trust has secured some funding from the Southern Gas Network which will need to be spent before March 2011.

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Coppice conference report | 27th Oct, 2010

The south east  coppice conference report is now out.  Interesting reading for those in the industry or an interest in woodlands, not just for those in the south east, but across the whole country.

Download it here.

A restored hazel coppice near Chichester

A meeting with Professor Julian Evans | 24th Oct, 2010

Professor Julian Evans very kindly hosted a SWOG meeting at his own wood in Hampshire on Saturday 16th October.  As it was very much a ‘hands on’ day, about sixteen members duly turned up, suitably attired and hand tools at the ready!

Work party receiving instruction!

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Propagating and planting tree seeds for woodland creation projects | 22nd Oct, 2010

This wonderful day with Colin Carpenter at the Community Tree Trust offers the opportunity to learn how to collect and plant a variety of native British tree seeds to grow your tree saplings for future planting projects.

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Traditional Earthburn on Ashdown Forest | 15th Oct, 2010

Update 15/10/2010

There is a short video explaining the earth burn available on the High Weald AONB website.

The Sussex and Surrey Coppice Group held a ‘Coppice Week’ on Ashdown Forest last month.  Coppice group members, the public and other interested parties enjoyed workshops held by some of the leading craftsmen in the country.


The Earthburn

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‘EcoDiy’ Green Woodworking Workshop | 15th Oct, 2010

There is one last place available on the ‘EcoDiy’ green woodworking day workshop  in Essex on Sunday 24th October.

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Forest Research – FR News | 11th Oct, 2010

Forest Research’s newsletter FR News is now available, but this time it comes with a big difference. As well as the usual roundup of research highlights, they are now delivering it alongside their more in-depth newsletters on social and economic research, ecology and pathology.

Forest Research Newsletter

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