Archive for January, 2014

Newsletter February 2014 | 31st Jan, 2014

febthumbThe February newsletter is available for download, with plenty of news and features to enliven the dankest of days.

We have plans for a SWOG meeting in March, a report on the hopes of the RFS for more rigorous squirrel control and a feature about Marston Thrift, an ancient community woodland in Bedfordshire.

We hope you enjoy it.

Coppice Tools – Bring and Buy Sale | 29th Jan, 2014

From a chainsaw to a billhook, bring along your old tools to sell, swap or barter and buy some-one else’s. If you have anything big to sell let us know and we’ll save you a space (or just bring a photo of it).

Saturday 1st February 2014, 10.30 – 4pm

Pepenbury, Cornford lane, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells TN2 4QU

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Meeting at Marston Vale – 2nd March 2014 | 29th Jan, 2014

Marston Thrift is a community ASNW woodland on the borders of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It has been worked by a dedicated group of volunteers since 1973 and it is thanks to them that the woodland has been brought back into management and now thrives. The Wardens of Marston Thrift, Clive and Angela Bucknall, have kindly offered to show SWOG members around the wood to demonstrate what they have achieved over the years.

Clive and Angela lead a working party that meets on the first Sunday of every month between October and March – and they are keen for more help.

The timetable for the day is as follows:
11.00 am meet at Marston Thrift car park. Guided walk through the wood with Clive and Angela.
12pm Meet the volunteers for a chat and coffee. After this, members might like to join the working party or are free to explore the wood further.
1.00 pm Drive to Marston Vale Forest Centre for lunch and a talk about the regeneration of the Forest of Marston Vale.

Email [email protected] to book a place.

You can find out more about the Forest of Marston Vale here

Directions Follow signs for A421 Bedford from M1 Jnt 13. Leave the dual carriageway at Marston Moretaine. Go right at the first roundabout, straight over the second, then right again at the third one, signposted Houghton Regis. After about half a mile, there is a right turn signposted to Wood End. Drive along this narrow road for a mile and half until you reach the small carpark for Marston Thrift.

Click on the map to enlarge.


Courses for 2014 from ‘Native Hands’ | 27th Jan, 2014

‘Native Hands’ will be offering a new and updated range of courses for the new year.  Wild pottery, bramble berry baskets, stitching bark containers and more.  They are based down in East Sussex near Lewes.

More information and course dates are available the Native Hands website.

Courses for woodland owners | 09th Jan, 2014

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Many SWOG members have been on courses to improve their woodland knowledge or to learn new skills. We have compiled a list of courses attended by those members who received a grant from when they purchased their wood. It is searchable by course, subject or county, and includes hyperlinked contact details and short reviews. It is still something of a work in progress and we are adding new reviews regularly. If you are struggling to find a particular course local to you, please get in touch – we might be able to help!

You can view or download the whole list here.

To search the list, press CTRL F (Mac users – CMD F) and enter the search word.

Newsletter January 2014 | 03rd Jan, 2014

Jan coverA very happy new year to everyone!

The January newsletter is available here – slightly shorter than usual, but including excellent contributions from several members.

Elsewhere in the SWOG website, don’t miss Rich’s article about deer management.


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