Archive for July, 2015

August 2015 Newsletter | 31st Jul, 2015

Aug15 coverThe latest SWOG newsletter is a sun-filled extravaganza of woodland entertainment.

First, our good friends at Bentley are offering an early-bird discount to the 20th anniversary woodfair on 18-20 September.

There are wonderful contributions from woodland owners: George Smith explains why he decided to buy a wood and describes the sheer fun it gives him and his family, while Andy Malleson describes how he created a hedge with help from family and friends.

The British Woodlands Survey will explore how woodland owners are working to adapt their woods for climate change: please take the survey which is hosted by the Sylva Foundation here.

Finally, John Clark explains how to purify water in the wild.

Artizans of Wood – Roundwood Timber Framing Course | 26th Jul, 2015

Earlier this month I attended the first roundwood timber framing course run by Artizans of Wood at the Dangstein Conservancy in Rogate. The course showed us how to construct a cruck or ‘A’ frame style building from round and somewhat irregular poles. Read more …

Made from Wood from the Wood | 26th Jul, 2015

IMAG1311I’ve been quite aware that a lot of my woodland craft products have been reaching a stage of functionality which will just about do, then pressure of time and other projects seem to move into my field of vision and take over. An example of this is the composting loo I built last year. It was functioning fairly well, getting on with its composting very nicely thank you. It didn’t have a toilet seat, a coat peg or a bolt on the door, actually it didn’t have a door until just recently, but it’s been working pretty well up until now. Read more …

SWOG Meeting, Catterick, 12 September | 20th Jul, 2015

SWOG Meeting, near Catterick 10am-1pm 12 September 2015

Following the popular meeting in Yorkshire in March, we can look forward to another on Saturday 12 September. Two SWOG families have kindly agreed to jointly host a meeting in their woods near Catterick in North Yorkshire. These two woods, which were once part of the Kiplin Hall estate, are slightly different. One has a mix of broadleaf and conifer and is geared towards amenity ownership; the other, with its mix of coppice with standards, is a valuable source of wood fuel. It promises to be a SWOG meeting full of interesting discussion. Ben Scotting of Rural Development Initiatives will be on hand to answer any questions and talk about (Planting on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWs) and Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) issues.

More details will be available nearer the time, but if you would like to attend, please email Judith@swog.org.uk

Seed Collection Workshop | 12th Jul, 2015

seed workshopVanessa Sutcliffe would like to invite  members of the Small Woodland Owners’ Group to attend a one-day workshop on Seed Collection, focussing on tree species in Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, East Sussex. Participants will learn how to approach and identify a group of trees, make a high quality seed collection and gather data and other material. We will talk through the simple science of seed collecting and the steps that an amateur collector can follow to achieve a good quality sample.

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July 2105 Newsletter | 03rd Jul, 2015

JulySummer seems to be with us (for a while, anyway). In this month’s newsletter we have a timely feature on finding water in woodlands, news of the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards, as well as an article on green woodworking in Devon. We can also promise a SWOG meeting in September and a 25% discount on a new book, Getting Started in Your Own Wood.

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