Archive for December, 2014

Seeing Butterflies – Book review by Heather Martin | 13th Dec, 2014


When I first opened ‘Seeing Butterflies’ I was so enthralled by the superb photographs of butterflies and moths that I kept turning the pages treating the volume initially as a picture book, a visual experience further enhanced by the entire contents being printed on yellow, orange and green paper as opposed to the more traditional white.

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December 2014 Newsletter | 04th Dec, 2014

Dec coverFed up with Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers?  The SWOG newsletter has none of them, but we do wish all our members a very merry Christmas. Escape the madness and read about

  • Dan Gould, arborist and recent convert to horse-logging
  • Living with a log-fuelled biomass heating system
  • Book reviews – Oliver Rackham’s The Ash Tree and others
  • News of a SWOG meeting in Yorkshire in 2015

European Coppice Conference 2014 | 01st Dec, 2014

Coppice courseKentish woodlands and the traditional way they are managed were the focus of an international conference hosted by the University of Greenwich. Visitors from across Europe, as well as from South Africa and Turkey took part in a three-day conference in the heartland of the British coppice industry to learn new techniques, share experiences and compare practices.

Speakers from the Forestry Commission, High Weald, and the coppice industry explained how and why coppice remained a strong tradition in Kent and Sussex. With contributions from woodland owners – including a presentation on behalf of SWOG about how small woodland owners manage their woods – the final words were left to forest workers themselves. Professional coppice managers explained how modern power equipment has made them more efficient, while Chris Letchford of the Surrey and Sussex Coppice Group urged the audience to give traditional craftsman the respect that that their skills deserve.

The SWOG presentation about how small woodland owners manage their woods is available to view here.


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