Archive for June, 2013

Working in the Woods – The Ultimate Therapy | 28th Jun, 2013


When my mother died just before Christmas, it was a bit of a shock.  I suppose it should not have been unexpected, she was 80 and in poor health, but all the same when she succumbed to a stroke in just a matter of hours, the whole family was left with a numbness and disbelief that anyone who has experienced the sudden loss of a loved one would easily recognise.

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Certification Help for Small Woods – FSC launches Smallholder Fund | 24th Jun, 2013

(c) M.Karmann FSC IC Horse Skidding Cologne Forest 020_16A

The new FSC Smallholder Fund, which offers financial assistance for FSC and non-FSC certified forests, to put in place the systems etc that they require, in order to seek or maintain FSC certification is available now.  The fund will be accepting applications each year, but the deadline for submitting the first-round, pre-selection questionnaire has been extended from the end of  June 2013 until the 19th July 2013.

Download the flier with full details here.

SWOG at Woodfairs | 20th Jun, 2013

You will have noticed from the newletter round up that there are a lot of wood fairs happening around the country at this time of year.   These are a really great opportunity to get out and see what everyone is getting up to in the ‘woody’ world.  Most of the fairs will have a nice balance of traditional crafts and demonstrations together with the more up to date commercial and equipment exhibitors.  They nearly all cater for families with lots of exhibits and entertainment aimed at kids from face painting to bushcraft.

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Alvecote Wood is top of the Tree! | 10th Jun, 2013

Many congratulations to SWOG’s own Sarah Walters and her husband Stephen, winners of the Royal Forestry Society’s Excellence in Forestry awards in the Small Woodlands category. Sarah has written a wonderful blog about how they did it here. Read it and be inspired!

June Newsletter 2013 | 02nd Jun, 2013

june coverThe SWOG newsletter has a new look, but retains the same mix of interesting articles and news updates.

There are reports from two recent SWOG meetings, Sarah’s account of chainsaw training and a look at old-style shelter building.

Download it here.


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