Archive for April, 2017

PAWS Restoration Workshop – Joint Meeting with The Woodland Trust | 20th Apr, 2017

Early April was an excellent time to hold a joint SWOG and  Woodland Trust,   PAWS (plantation on ancient woodland sites) restoration workshop.  The spring flowers were in abundance and the weather perfect for the meeting held at  Rogley Wood in the High Weald AONB.  It was attended by owners of the wood as well as other  SWOG and Woodland Trust members.

Many thanks go to Jim Smith Wright and his volunteer, Daniel, at the Woodland Trust for bringing their expertise to the group and covering the subject so thoroughly.  Thanks also go to Tim Saunders of the Forestry Commission who talked about management plans, grants and licenses and to all the owners at Rogley who welcomed the group into their woods.

Please contact Jim directly if you would like any more advice on restoring or suveying your PAWS woodland.

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Woodfairs 2017 | 04th Apr, 2017

The Arb Show  12–14 May 2017 Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Weird and Wonderful Wood 13–14 May 2017 Stowmarket, Suffolk

The Bushcraft Show 27–29 May 2017 Beehive Farm, Rosliston, Derbyshire

Devon County Show 18–20 May 2017 Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon

Royal Bath & West Show 31 May – 3 June 2017 Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Weald and Downland Living Museum Show 17–18 June 2017 Chichester, West Sussex

Royal Highland Show 2–25 June 2017 Edinburgh, Scotland

Great Yorkshire Show 11–13 July 2017 Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Royal Welsh Show 24–27 July 2017 Builth Wells, Wales

New Forest and Hampshire County Show 25–27 July 2017 Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Woodfest Wales 29–30 July 2017 St Asaph, Denbighshire

South Downs Show 19–20 August 2017 Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield, Hampshire

Wilderness Gathering 16–20 August West Knoyle, Wiltshire

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 26–27 August 2017 Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Wychwood Forest Fair 3 September 2017 Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Confor Woodland Show 7–8 September 2017 Longleat, Wiltshire

Belmont Woodfest & Country Fair 9–10 September 2017 Faversham, Kent

Bentley Weald Wood Fair 15–17 September 2017 Lewes, East Sussex

European Woodworking Show 16–17 September, Braintree, Essex

Surrey Hills Wood Fair 30 Sept–1 Oct 2017 Birtley House, Guildford

Newsletter April 2017 | 03rd Apr, 2017

April coverThe April newsletter is bursting with life:

  • No fewer than five SWOG meetings to attend
  • Get involved  – sign the Tree Charter and have a tree planted on your behalf
  • Read about EFRA’s recommendations to the government on the future of forestry – they did not mince their words!

Into the woods with Countryfile | 03rd Apr, 2017

It was great to see a whole episode of BBC Countryfile devoted to woodlands and timber. The programme noted the the many benefits of woodland and concentrated on industrial aspects of the timber industry, highlighting the woeful shortfall in current tree planting and the likely implications for the future. The loggingindustrial aspects were in sharp contrast to John Craven’s piece on horse-logging, however. He visited Frankie Woodgate in Kent and watched her work in the woods with her beautiful horses, extracting coppiced trees with minimal impact. SWOG got there first of course – one SWOG member recounted her training course with Frankie’s team at Weald Woodscapes and it can be read here.

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