Newsletters

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!

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  • 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!

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

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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.

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