Archive for December, 2011

Alternative Christmas Trees | 27th Dec, 2011

Here’s a great idea from Rod & Heather, instead of spending a small fortune on a christmas tree, they’ve decorated one of there own.  Rod was cutting some birch so it was probably headed for the brash pile anyway.  They  think it must have been an old tradition in Sussex as one of their friends remembered her father always brought  birch in to decorate at Christmas.

Planting Trees | 21st Dec, 2011

There is something very satisfying  about planting trees.  I’m not talking about  the 21st century ‘instant gratification’ sort of satisfaction. More the knowledge that  you are making a difference to  the landscape; how it will  look in years to come  and the kind of ecosystem the trees will support and be part of.  I find this comforting even if we probably won’t be around to see them all come to maturity.

Below is an article from the FC about the massive tree planting program going on in Wales this winter.

On behalf of all the SWOG team, I’d like to thank everyone for contributing to the forum, the website and coming along to this year’s  meetings.  Hoping to see as many of you as possible in 2012, have a very Happy Christmas, prosperous New Year and much enjoyment from your woodlands.


Richard Hare
SWOG website editor

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Scything – A great alternative to the two stroke petrol engine! | 11th Dec, 2011

Earlier this year, SWOG went down to the Westonbirt show to meet members in that part of the country and promote the group and small woodland ownership in general.  Afterwards we were kindly hosted by Nigel and Elaine from Lapwing wood and their neighbour Mike.

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Christmas & New Year Newsletter | 02nd Dec, 2011

Many thanks to Sarah who has pulled out all the stops to produce a bumber Christmas and New Year edition of the Newsletter.

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