Archive for October, 2013

Making a Log into a Birdbox | 28th Oct, 2013

2013-10-20 17.39.39There’s nothing more satisfying than making something for the wood from the wood. Anything from a teaspoon to a log cabin can be fashioned from the materials you find growing or lying around.  It keeps our 21st century plastic clutter out of sight and means everything is low impact and will eventually return to where it came from.

Here’s an idea for a log cabin on a slightly smaller scale, one for our feathered friends.

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See the woods from the trees at Plumpton College | 18th Oct, 2013

flimwellThe Wood Enterprise Centre is hosting a free day of information and advice around the subject of woodfuel on Tuesday 29th October at at Plumpton College at Woodland Enterprise Centre, Flimwell, East Sussex,TN5 7PR.

There will be speakers from the woodfuel industry, and advice on how to apply for grants, as well as demonstrations of  wood fuel and wood chipping machinery.

Places are limited, so please phone  Claire Gammon  01580 879547 or email gammonc@plumpton.ac.uk

There is more information on the Plumpton College website here.

Firewood – burning secrets | 17th Oct, 2013

Firewood stacked up to dry showing annual ringsMost woodland owners quickly find that they generate more firewood than they know what to do with. It makes sense, environmentally and economically use it to heat your own home – and maybe that of their neighbours and friends, too.

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October Newsletter 2013 | 03rd Oct, 2013

cover-octA big welcome to all our new SWOG members!

The October newsletter is available to read or download  here.

This month we have advice from the Forestry Commission about planting to cope with climate change, and news of a Facebook game which will help scientists combat ash dieback (really!) Features include:

  • Horse-logging in the Weald – SWOG member Becky Lupton learns the fine art of shifting logs with horsepower
  • Woodfair round-up
  • Good Woods Project – advice from professional foresters for woodland owners

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