Archive for 2019

Building a new ‘Old Barn’ Part II | 11th Apr, 2019

It’s been a long and challenging year in the life of this project.  We have been transforming 20 or so standing woodland oak trees, about 100 years old to a standing oak framed barn which hopefully will last for many more years than that.   My colleague, Dan and myself  made a start on milling the timbers two winters ago.  Using his motto of ‘just keep chipping away at it’,eventually, after a freezing beast from the east and a long hot summer we managed to erect the skeleton of a frame towards the end of January.

To recap:  I am thinning  a crowded almost full canopy of oak from two of the  coppiced woodlands I manage  about 10 miles from the site of the new ‘Old’ Barn in the High Weald Area of Outstanding National Beauty.  (See Building a new ‘Old Barn’ part I).

I have had two expert framers with me Richard Thomlinson  of Thomlinsons Oakframed Buildings and Becca Tan, both have been instrumental in getting the building to this stage.  They have also had to endure freezing temperatures, blowing gales and one of the hottest summers on record.

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SWOG meeting, National Forest | 04th Apr, 2019

11 May 2019  11am–3pm
We are delighted that Daniel Small, Woodland Management Officer in the National Forest, is going to lead a SWOG meeting in the National Forest.

It’s a  unique opportunity to hear about the development of the National Forest, on the borders of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. The post-industrial region has been regenerated to become a sustainable and much-loved part of the Midlands landscape over the past 30 years, and now incorporates wildlife corridors, woodlands and footpaths.

Daniel will lead a walk around woodlands near the forest headquarters at Moira and also talk about issues faced by small woodland owners.

This is a free event. Parking is available on site at The National Forest, Bath Yard, Moira, DE12 6BA

Please bring your own refreshments.

Please register here or email Judith with any questions.

Newsletter April | 04th Apr, 2019


The latest news, blogs and woodland films, as well as the opportunity to attend a SWOG meeting in the National Forest on 11 May.

Woodfairs 2019 | 25th Mar, 2019

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Mosses in Nottinghamshire | 14th Feb, 2019

An Introduction to Mosses and Liverworts Notts Wildlife Trust
Saturday 23rd February at Rushcliffe Country Park Classroom, 11am-4pm.
Followed by two field sessions, the first of which is on 2 March Read more …

Are Small Woodland Owners missing a trick? | 28th Jan, 2019

The Royal Forestry Society has recently published Bringing woodland into management: The missed opportunities in England and Wales. This pithy report drives home the problems of woodland management in England and Wales. Read more …

Newsletter January | 14th Jan, 2019

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