Archive for August, 2014

Wilderness First Aid Courses | 22nd Aug, 2014

Andy Sullivan from ELST as been in touch with dates for this years two day wilderness first aid courses.  I refreshed my first aid skills on this course last summer and actually needed to use them in a real life emergency the very week after.  So you never know when you are going to need it and  it is something you really need to do if you spend anytime in remote or difficult to get to locations.  Even if you don’t, everyone should have these basic skills.  You can  read my report in the July 16 news letter.

Vist their  website at for  more information. SWOG members will get a 20% discount, put in the code SWOG999  when you book online or mention SWOG when you contact them.

More details of the courses and  testimonials can be found here:-

9th & 10th February 2017

23rd & 24th March 2017

20th & 21st April 2017

22nd & 23rd April 2017

18th & 19th May 2017

20th & 21st May 2017

8th & 9th June 2017

10th & 11th June 2017

13th & 14th Juley 2017

15th & 16th July 2017

21st & 22nd September 2017

23rd & 24th September 2017

12th & 13th October 2017

14th & 15th October 2017

16th & 17th November 2017

18th & 19th November 2017

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SWA Skill Share & AGM 13 September 2014 | 19th Aug, 2014

smallwoodsOur good friends in the Small Woods Association (SWA) are holding their AGM alongside a very comprehensive programme of speakers, workshops and demonstrations on 13 September at the Woodland Enterprise Centre at Flimwell, East Sussex.
SWOG members are warmly invited to take advantage of the discounted rate of £48 for the day, which includes lunch and refreshments. (Members of the SWA pay £42.) If you would like to attend, please download the form attached here and email it to Phil Tidey, the Membership Services Manager [email protected]

The programme includes:

9.15 am Arrive, tea/coffee
10am Welcome and brief introduction – Mike Bentley, Small Woods CEO
10.05am Alison Field (South-East Regional Director, Forestry Commission) Alison will look at the future for the Forestry Commission and woodlands in the south east in the light of changes to grants, tree diseases and climate change.
11.00am Small Woods Annual General Meeting
12 Noon Tim Rowlands (Future Trees Trust) Tim will tell us about the work of the Future Trees Trust in maximising the benefits of our broadleaved woodland by promoting the benefits of improved planting stock for timber production.
1.00pm lunch
2pm Workshop sessions, each running three times to maximise opportunities to attend-

  • A Mike Bentley – Timber marketing,
  • B Graeme McVittie – Woodland management – problems and solutions
  • C Richard Ely – Chestnut Hurdles/pole lathe,
  • D Matt Beech – Tool Sharpening,
  • E David Hooton (Deer Initiative) – Deer Basics: how do you know you have got them, and what can you do about it,
  • F Vince Thurkettle (author of The Wood Fire Handbook) – Logs: production, storage and use.

5.30pm Foresters’ Question Time
6.15pm Finish

National Wood Fuel Conference | 14th Aug, 2014


Thanks to Jeanette Hawkins from the Forestry Commision for sending us news of the wood fuel conference coming up.  Full details and how to get  tickets below.

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Ancient Woodland Restoration Workshop | 03rd Aug, 2014


FREE workshops for woodland owners, managers & agents
Wednesday 10th September 2014 at Hamstreet, Kent or
Tuesday 23rd September at Parkgate, Surrey
9.30 am to 3.30pm

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August Newsletter 2014 | 01st Aug, 2014

augswogLet’s hope the glorious summer weather continues into August. We have a packed newsletter this month and are looking forward to seeing lots of members at Treefest at Westonbirt, which will be held over the Bank Holiday weekend, 23-25th August.

In the meantime, enjoy the August newsletter.

  • Grown in Britain awards first accreditations
  • Butterflies at Barcombe
  • Martin Hugi of the Woodland Trust talks about PAWS restoration at the Chiltern Woodland Conference
  • Discounted tickets for the Bentley Woodfair.


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