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SWOG meeting Tortworth Arboretum 23 April | 15th Mar, 2016

SWOG meeting 2pm Saturday 23 April, Tortworth Arboretum, South Gloucestershire

PrintTortworth Arboretum is a 20-acre site near Wooton-under-Edge, which was once owned by the Ducie family and forms part of the original Tortworth Estate. From the time he inherited the estate in 1853, the third Earl of Ducie, Henry John Moreton, complemented the existing ancient trees by planting new and exotic speicies brought back to England by the great Victorian plant hunters. By the time of his death in 1921 at the age of 95, Tortworth rivalled the collection at Westonbirt Arboretum just 30 miles away.

The arboretum’s collection of over 300 rare and champion trees hosts an amazing and unusual ecosystem including wild flowers, deer, bats, butterflies and dragonflies, as well as many bird types. It has suffered from serious neglect in recent decades, but the new owners, Woodlands.co.uk, have offered the Tortworth Forest Centre a unique opportunity to restore and open it for education, wellbeing and enjoyment. The team at the Forest Centre, led by Rebecca Cork, is working with volunteers to gradually clear the undergrowth, create paths and make the arboretum sustainable.

SWOG meeting 23 April 2016 2pm­–5pm

Bec will show us around the arboretum and talk about her work with community groups, volunteers and local conservation groups. There is still a great deal of work to be done: Bec and her team spend a lot of time clearing brambles and rhododendron, so there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion about many aspects of the work of small woodland owners, as well as the chance to appreciate some magnificent trees and habitat. Tortworth is not open to the public (although the website is) and places on this free visit are limited. If you would like to attend, please email judith@swog.org.uk.

Woodfairs 2016 | 15th Mar, 2016

Weird and Wonderful Wood
14–15 May 2016 Haughley Park, Wetherden, Stowmarket, Suffolk
www.weirdandwonderfulwood.co.uk

The Bushcraft Show
28–30 May 2016 Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes, Rosliston, Derbyshire
www.thebushcraftshow.co.uk

The Arb Show
3–4 June 2016 Westonbirt Arboretum
www.trees.org.uk/The-ARB-Show

West’s Wood Fair
18 & 19 June 2016 East Dean, Chichester, West Sussex
www.westswoodfair.co.uk

Royal Highland Show 2016
23–26 June Edinburgh
royalhighlandshow.org

Woodfest Wales
24–26 June 2016 Caerwys, North Wales
www.woodfestwales.co.uk

Royal Welsh Show
18–21 July 2016 Builth Wells, Powys
www.rwas.wales/royal-welsh-show

New Forest and Hampshire Show
26–28 July 2016 Brockenhurst, Hampshire
www.newforestshow.co.uk

South Downs Show and Hampshire Woodfair
20–21 August 2016 Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Hampshire
www.southdownsshow.co.uk

Treefest at Westonbirt Arboretum
27–29 August 2016 Tetbury, Gloucestershire
www.forestry.gov.uk

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair
27–28 August 2016 Sturminster Newton, Dorset
www.stockgaylard.com

Wychwood Forest Fair
4 September 2016 Charlbury, Oxfordshire
www.wychwoodproject.org

APF Exhibition
15–17 September 2016 Ragley Estate, Warwickshire
www.apfexhibition.co.uk

Bentley Weald Woodfair
23–25 September 2016 Lewes, East Sussex
www.bentley.org.uk/events

Surrey Hills Wood Fair
1–2 October 2016 Birtley Estate, Bramley, Surrey
www.surreyhills.org

Peebles Wood Market
22–23 October 2016 Tweed Green & Community Hall, Peebles, Scottish Borders
www.forest-festival.com/wood-market

March 2016 Newsletter | 01st Mar, 2016

Mar2016Spring into March with the latest SWOG newsletter!

  • SWOG meeting planned in Gloucestershire at Tortworth Arboretum.
  • For those whose tracks have become worn down and muddy in the winter, read Rich’s tips on how to improve them. It’s not only the humans who will benefit – you’ll encourage biodiversity, too.
  • Finally, the Forestry Commission has issued new advice about chalara, as well as useful guidance about biosecurity in woodlands.

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