Newsletter October | 02nd Oct, 2018

Newsletter July 2018 | 09th Jul, 2018

July News

  • The House of Wessex: Sylva’s Anglo-Saxon past
  • Tree champion faces a huge task: the Department of the Environment has appointed Sir William Worsley as the new Tree Champion.
  • New advice for monitoring and felling diseased ash
  • Mammals on Roads survey. The People’s’ Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is running a nationwide survey of mammal sightings along single-carriage roads.

Newsletter May 2018 | 15th May, 2018

Catch up with the latest SWOG news here.

Newsletter April 2018 | 04th Apr, 2018

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Newsletter January 2018 | 05th Jan, 2018

We’re kicking off 2018 with a short, but perfectly formed newsletter, full of useful information and links to woodlands news and events.

Newsletter December 2017 | 04th Dec, 2017

December newsletter

The festive season has arrived again and we wish all our members a very Merry Christmas.

Take a few moments to read the latest news from SWOG, including

  • New woodland creation and PAWS restoration grants for the Midlands
  • Special offers on books for Christmas
  • Discounted workshops and courses around the coutnry
  • First aid tips from Land Based First Aid.

Newsletter November 2017 | 02nd Nov, 2017

November newsletter

What can woodland owners do about soil erosion and depletion?  We look at the launch of the Sustainable Soil Alliance, which provides some ideas.

Rich is building a timber-framed barn using traditional techniques as far as possible, and all from wood he has felled and milled himself. Read his account of how it’s all going.

Finally, there are bargains to be had if you are thinking about a woodland course. Plumpton College is offering 25% off a selection of their short courses and the Woodland Skills Centre offers 10-15% of their autumn offerings.

Newsletter October 2017 | 05th Oct, 2017

We couldn’t let the October newsletter blow by without reminiscing about the great storm of 1987. Arborist Christopher Sparkes shares his memories of Britain’s windiest night. Was the storm actually a blessing in disguise for trees in southern England?

Karen Elliott, a winner of both SWOG’s Big Picture Competition and a Woodland Award for photography, tells us about her prize, a two-day coppicing course at Malvern Coppicing with Phil Hopkinson.

Newsletter September 2017 | 04th Sep, 2017

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness appears to have started early this year and SWOG is gearing up for autumn. With  news of workshops and courses around the country, the September newsletter includes a useful piece on tree tech: mobile apps for tree ID, wildlife recording and woodland management.

More than 1,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales have taken part in the British Woodland Survey, which closes at the end of the month. The Sylva Foundation hopes that many more owners and managers will take part – don’t miss your chance to have a say in the development of forestry policy and practice.

Sign up for the SWOG meeting in north Wales on 28 October, or come and say hello at the Bentley Woodfair on 15-17 September, where we will have a stall and hope to see lots of members. SWOG members can obtain discounted entry for just £10 (instead of  £14 on the gate) – see the newsletter for the voucher.

Newsletter August 2017 | 02nd Aug, 2017

It may be the dog days of summer, but in our latest newsletter, SWOG members can look forward to a packed autumn schedule of courses and workshops. Read about the SWOG butterfly workshops and download our information sheets here.

We’re also looking forward to the Bentley Woodfair in September, and SWOG members qualify for an exclusive discount.

Newsletter July 2017 | 03rd Jul, 2017

Summer is in full swing and woodland glades are dappled with sunshine – at least we hope so!

The July newsletter is here:

  • Take Sylva’s British Woodland Owners’ Survey from 7 July
  • Sign up for SWOG meetings – don’t miss a special day at the Bulworthy Project on 15 July
  • Learn about tackling invasive species and see how one group of owners have restored their track.

Finally, our workshops with Butterfly Conservation coincide with the Big Butterfly Count 2017 – do join in and help support butterfly populations.

Newsletter June 2017 | 02nd Jun, 2017

‘There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.’ (Washington Irving)

Settle back and enjoy a midsummer SWOG newsletter. Read about

• The SWOG horse logging meeting in County Durham
•  The all-round benefits of community woodlands
•  CONFOR’s election manifesto for trees and woods
•  Free woodland poster downloads for children

Newsletter May 2017 | 01st May, 2017

May Day is here and with it the latest SWOG newsletter!


  • Nominate your favourite woodland individual or enterprise for a Woodland Award
  • Read about the PAWS restoration workshop in Rogley Wood
  • Learn about one man’s lifetime love of crafting rustic ash chairs.
  • Sign up for a SWOG meeting!

Newsletter April 2017 | 03rd Apr, 2017

April coverThe April newsletter is bursting with life:

  • No fewer than five SWOG meetings to attend
  • Get involved  – sign the Tree Charter and have a tree planted on your behalf
  • Read about EFRA’s recommendations to the government on the future of forestry – they did not mince their words!

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!


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