Archive for March, 2013

SWOG Meeting – Pluckley, 11 May | 30th Mar, 2013

SWOG member Alex Bienfait has arranged a demonstration of a Micro Arb Truc with a selection of handling attachments. SWOG members are invited to attend this demonstration and to explore Alex’s extensive wood, a mixture of Victorian plantation and semi-ancient woodland on Wealden clay. This is a free event and a great chance to take a close look at some useful log-moving machinery.

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Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant | 27th Mar, 2013

Here is the latest News Release from the Forestry Commission, including a handy link to the ’10 easy steps to apply for a Woodfuel WIG’ available from Ngage who administer the grant.

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Harcourt Woodland Barn – Timber Framing Course | 23rd Mar, 2013

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Barbara Czoch from the Carpenters Fellowship has sent us news of an exciting timber framing course taking place at Harcourt Arboretum

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International Day of Forests 2013 | 18th Mar, 2013


The United Nations has proclaimed that the International Day of Forests will be observed every year on 21 March, in an effort to raise awareness of  the critical importance of trees and forests to every area of human life.

Take a look at the Woodlands video about tree-planting here, or  visit the Woodlands site for a regional list of local nurseries.


Copse in a box – 60 trees provided for a Diamond Jubilee copse.

SWOG would like to see your pictures of new plantings in your woods. Email them to [email protected] Better still, get out and plant a tree on 21 March!

The Royal Highland Show | 15th Mar, 2013

David Cochrane, the Royal Highland Show Administrator has sent us details of this years event.  Feel free to contact him with any specific questions, or checkout the website.

Tel: 0131 335 6207


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Hazel Frame Basket Making Course | 11th Mar, 2013

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Sue and Pete Ball will be holding a three day course at their home in West Sussex to teach those with some previous basket making experience how to make a traditional Hazel frame basket; experience of knife work is essential. Places on this course are usually limited.

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Ancient tree is celebrated in art at Westonbirt Arboretum | 08th Mar, 2013

Katrina Podlewska, Communications Manager at the Forestry Commission has sent us details of the sculptor being built with the products of the 2000 year old lime coppice at Westonbirt Arboretum.  It looks a bit different from last time I was there, in full leaf and nearing the end of one of its 20 year coppice rotations, it provided great shelter in a torrential downpour.  Take an umbrella if you visit it this year!

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March Newsletter 2013 | 01st Mar, 2013


In the March Newsletter:

  • Gower Charcoal makers’ project
  • Horse Logging in the Scottish Borders
  • New SWOG members meet the Forestry Commission in Northumberland
  • Government response to the Independent Forestry Panel Report

SWOG Newsletter March 2013

Thanks to Sarah for editing another informative edition of the SWOG newsletter.


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