The SWOG website is a rich resource – if you want to find information on almost anything woodland related, try using the search box on the right. We have a huge archive of articles and advice. Woodlands.co.uk offers a great deal of support and information for owners, as well as blogs, videos and free downloads.
Links to woodland organisations
There are many organisations useful to woodland owners.
Frankie Woodgate www.weald-woodscapes.co.uk
Dan Gould www.lyndwoodforestry.com
John Williamson www.forestryhorses.co.uk
Mike Pritchard of True Horse Power
British Horse Loggers can also supply a list of members: www.britishhorseloggers.org
Coppice and craft
We have produced a list of courses recommended by our members.
John Waller, Underwoodsman Ltd
Operating in West Kent/East Sussex. Coppicing to supply materials for coppice products ranging from wattle and gate hurdles and continuous weave fencing, furniture, willow baskets and living willow structures. www.underwoodsman.co.uk – 07788 748618
WoodLots, a magazine with adverts relevant to Woodland Owners and workers
Keepers Coppicing is a small woodland based business in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It offers all kinds of services from the bespoke construction of rose arbors and trellis frames to hedge restoration work and coppice regeneration.
Courses, Events and Volunteering – building traditional skills, green oak timber framing, local oaks – hand conversion
Sparrowhatch Forestry Ltd provides forestry and woodland management work undertaken from grant applications. Also planting through to commercial thinning, harvesting and coppicing. All work is carried out with a view to improving or maintaining the environmental significance of the site. Contact David Abbott – 07896 036 437. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
AJD Countryside offer woodland management services to small woodland owners in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. Visit our website ajdcountryside.co.uk or call 01367243140
Tree Top Security
Perimeter security and surveillance work. Tree Top Security leaflet
Heartwood Tree Care
We specialise in high quality tree work and low impact forestry work throughout Kent. We use an alpine tractor complete with skidding winch and forwarding trailer, which is excellent for sensitive sites, sloping terrain, or where larger machines would require large access routes. We also have a firewood processor for hire with an operator and wood chipping equipment. For more information, please contact us on 07970 625865, or by email email@example.com.
Sharif Adams is an award winning greenwood craftsman and teacher specialising in pole-lathe turned wooden bowls. He runs a variety of courses throughout the year at Steward Wood, an off-grid woodland community in Devon, (Dartmoor). He can arrange to travel to your wood to run courses or demonstrations if preferred. For details, pricing and to read a blog about his work and courses visit website www.sharifadams.co.uk or on Facebook (Sharif Adams Wood Craftsman) and at www.steward wood.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodland insurance provider, covering owners against public liability insurance claims associated with their wood. Quotes and cover can be obtained instantly via their website at www.ashburnham-insurance.co.uk/land-insurance/woodland-insurance/ or by calling free on 0800 1696137. DISCOUNT CODE: SWOG10 (£10 off any new woodland policy to all SWOG members)
Red Kite Rural
A small woodland/estate management contractor operating in Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire and across Central England. Using a low impact alpine tractor and its associated equipment, it is ideally suited to all work from first thinnings and sensitive sites through to ride maintenance and fencing. We also provide high quality aerial imagery for image and survey work. Woodland operations including selective/clear fell can be accurately mapped for future planning/management, the images can also be incorporated in management plans and GIS software. Contact us through the website www.redkiterural.com or on 07916 175132
Recently retired pest control officer and part-time gamekeeper. LANTRA-NPTC-BASIS-C.R.R.U certified. Offering FREE rabbit-pigeon plus squirrel and mole contracts to woodland owners and landowners all year round and fully insured. Based in South Yorkshire willing to travel a 70 mile radius. Please call John on 07989 669282 for more details.
Many of our members have websites, full of hints and tips – as well as amusing anecdotes and cautionary tales. Click here to see the list.