Newsletter March 2017 | 03rd Mar, 2017

Swog news mar2107‘Indoors or outdoors, no-one relaxes in March’, according to Ogden Nash. He’s right: the number of activities and reports in this month’s SWOG newsletter will provide something for everyone.

  • A series of SWOG meetings around the country coming up during the spring and summer.
  • Christopher Duncan tells us how to turn brash into cash
  • Rodney Waterfield of the Woodland Skills Centre offers advice for dealing with grey squirrels
  • All the 2017 woodfairs we could find are listed – save the dates!

Newsletter February 2017 | 03rd Feb, 2017

Feb 2017With Christmas a distant memory, and even Pancake Day a blip on the horizon, celebrate the start of February with the SWOG newsletter.

  • Gary Alexander provides sensible advice about woodland insurance
  • Andy and Jane Morton describe their work in Sallerton Wood
  • The winners are revealed in SWOG’s Big Picture competition

January 2017 Newsletter | 03rd Jan, 2017

jan-newsA very Happy New Year to all SWOG members! We begin 2017 with a small, but perfectly formed newsletter. The usual format will return next month and in the meantime, please keep sending in your entries for the SWOG photo competition – don’t miss the chance to win a place on  Phil Hopkinson’s coppice course.

December 2016 Newsletter | 01st Dec, 2016

dec2106December has swept in on an icy draught, and with it a SWOG newsletter to warm the cockles.

Don’t miss the chance to win a place on a coppice course – enter the SWOG Big Picture competition. Send us your selfies and photographs of people enjoying the woods.

There are plenty of festive downloads – useful freebies for tree-lovers, including a chainsaw maintenance guide from Makita.

Season’s Greetings from the SWOG team!

November 2016 Newsletter | 31st Oct, 2016

nov-2016coverloInside a packed November newsletter, there are

  • butterflies
  • dormice
  • tree tales
  • words of advice for new owners
  • links a free tree ID app.

We hope you enjoy it!

October 2016 Newsletter | 30th Sep, 2016

oct-coverSquirrels, birds and the State of Nature 2016 – it’s all in the October SWOG newsletter, along with a report from the APF show,  forthcoming autumnal events and our usual list of fascinating blogs and links to woodland news.

September 2016 Newsletter | 02nd Sep, 2016

SeptSeptember has arrived and we’re in the middle of the woodfair season. The SWOG newsletter includes:

  • Discounted entry details for APF and Bentley
  • Welcome news that forestry grants will be honoured
  • The value of using local timber over imported products
  • Events, courses and surveys – join in !

August 2016 Newsletter | 01st Aug, 2016

Aug 2016LOWith the arrival of the lazy days of summer comes the August Newsletter.

Read about

  • The benefits of using horse to extract timber from woodlands
  • The Big Butterfly Count
  • What to look for in a cross-cut saw
  • SWOG meeting in Shropshire
  • RFS Courses for woodland owners
  • Discounted entry to the APF Show and the Bentley Woodfair

July 2016 Newsletter | 01st Jul, 2016


Enjoy the summer with the July newsletter.

  • Sign up for the SWOG meeting in Shropshire
  • Small woodland owners have a vital role as custodian of the nation’s woodland heritage. The Sylva Foundation wants to capture the hopes and fears of woodland owners for the future to incorporate them into the Charter for Trees, Woods and People 2017 – make sure you have your say!
  • Get free Grown in Britain recognition for your wood.
  • See the results of the RFS Excellence in Woodlands awards.

June 2016 Newsletter | 01st Jun, 2016

june2016 It’s hard to believe summer is officially here, but the latest newsletter is full of news guaranteed to warm the hearts of SWOG members.

  • What do owners do with their woods?
  • How SWOG supports owners
  • Free track maintenance pilot scheme for south-east owners
  • Ash dieback – how you can help
  • Inside an ancient oak with Loris

May 2016 Newsletter | 03rd May, 2016

May 2016 coverWe’ve just missed May Day, but the latest SWOG newsletter holds the promise of spring.

There is a report from the SWOG visit to the fabulous Tortworth Arboretum, the opportunity to take part in a research project with the University of Leicester and news of several woodland-related events coming up this month.

April 2016 Newsletter | 04th Apr, 2016

april coverGrants are up for grabs for south-eastern owners, there is advice on choosing woodland courses, and read about the Ancient Tree Forum, the wonderful organisation that protects Britain’s most venerable trees.

March 2016 Newsletter | 01st Mar, 2016

Mar2016Spring into March with the latest SWOG newsletter!

  • SWOG meeting planned in Gloucestershire at Tortworth Arboretum.
  • For those whose tracks have become worn down and muddy in the winter, read Rich’s tips on how to improve them. It’s not only the humans who will benefit – you’ll encourage biodiversity, too.
  • Finally, the Forestry Commission has issued new advice about chalara, as well as useful guidance about biosecurity in woodlands.

February 2016 Newsletter | 01st Feb, 2016

Feb2016coverWe kick off the February newsletter with a hint of good news about research into chalara resistance, inspirational coppicing from Sussex and the new Charter for Trees, Woodlands and People, a campaign which we are firmly behind. There’s also news of advice sessions available from the Forestry Commission, as well as meetings organised by our good friends at the Small Woods Association.

News January 2016 | 04th Jan, 2016

Jan16newsWe’re beginning 2016 with a short newsletter, but normal service will be restored in February.

Take a look at the latest videos from
Tinder in the woodlands Paul Beadle of the Woodland Education Service explains how to light a fire without matches.

An introduction to cabinet making Furniture designer and maker Andrew Marsh shares the secrets of his craft.

Woodlands Blogs
Portable Woods – trees on the move!
Pop-up forests and raising awareness of woodland matters in cities, as well as a trip to the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street.Dangerous Dads
Opportunities for families to reconnect with each other and their local environment.
Rewilding and beavers
Beavers are slowly making a comeback – but their return is not universally popular.

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
Rob Penn’s recent book The Man who made things out of Trees was the Radio 4 Book of the Week in the week before Christmas (and we reviewed it in the December newsletter). It’s still available via iPlayer here.

According to the British Woodland Survey 2015, now published by the Sylva Foundation, a significant number of woodland owners have not really considered the potential impact of climate change on their woodlands. Read all about it on the Sylva website here.

Forest Live 2016
Forest Live gigs take place at seven forest locations across England. The line-up for 2016 so far includes:
John Newman
Guy Garvey
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Simply Red
Tickets can be booked via the Forest Live website.

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