Newsletters

Newsletter September 2017 | 04th Sep, 2017

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness appears to have started early this year and SWOG is gearing up for autumn. With  news of workshops and courses around the country, the September newsletter includes a useful piece on tree tech: mobile apps for tree ID, wildlife recording and woodland management.

More than 1,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales have taken part in the British Woodland Survey, which closes at the end of the month. The Sylva Foundation hopes that many more owners and managers will take part – don’t miss your chance to have a say in the development of forestry policy and practice.

Sign up for the SWOG meeting in north Wales on 28 October, or come and say hello at the Bentley Woodfair on 15-17 September, where we will have a stall and hope to see lots of members. SWOG members can obtain discounted entry for just £10 (instead of  £14 on the gate) – see the newsletter for the voucher.

Newsletter August 2017 | 02nd Aug, 2017

It may be the dog days of summer, but in our latest newsletter, SWOG members can look forward to a packed autumn schedule of courses and workshops. Read about the SWOG butterfly workshops and download our information sheets here.

We’re also looking forward to the Bentley Woodfair in September, and SWOG members qualify for an exclusive discount.

Newsletter July 2017 | 03rd Jul, 2017

Summer is in full swing and woodland glades are dappled with sunshine – at least we hope so!

The July newsletter is here:

  • Take Sylva’s British Woodland Owners’ Survey from 7 July
  • Sign up for SWOG meetings – don’t miss a special day at the Bulworthy Project on 15 July
  • Learn about tackling invasive species and see how one group of owners have restored their track.

Finally, our workshops with Butterfly Conservation coincide with the Big Butterfly Count 2017 – do join in and help support butterfly populations.

Newsletter June 2017 | 02nd Jun, 2017

‘There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.’ (Washington Irving)

Settle back and enjoy a midsummer SWOG newsletter. Read about

• The SWOG horse logging meeting in County Durham
•  The all-round benefits of community woodlands
•  CONFOR’s election manifesto for trees and woods
•  Free woodland poster downloads for children

Newsletter May 2017 | 01st May, 2017

May Day is here and with it the latest SWOG newsletter!

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  • Nominate your favourite woodland individual or enterprise for a Woodland Award
  • Read about the PAWS restoration workshop in Rogley Wood
  • Learn about one man’s lifetime love of crafting rustic ash chairs.
  • Sign up for a SWOG meeting!

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!

Newsletter March 2017 | 03rd Mar, 2017

Swog news mar2107‘Indoors or outdoors, no-one relaxes in March’, according to Ogden Nash. He’s right: the number of activities and reports in this month’s SWOG newsletter will provide something for everyone.

  • A series of SWOG meetings around the country coming up during the spring and summer.
  • Christopher Duncan tells us how to turn brash into cash
  • Rodney Waterfield of the Woodland Skills Centre offers advice for dealing with grey squirrels
  • All the 2017 woodfairs we could find are listed – save the dates!

Newsletter February 2017 | 03rd Feb, 2017

Feb 2017With Christmas a distant memory, and even Pancake Day a blip on the horizon, celebrate the start of February with the SWOG newsletter.

  • Gary Alexander provides sensible advice about woodland insurance
  • Andy and Jane Morton describe their work in Sallerton Wood
  • The winners are revealed in SWOG’s Big Picture competition

January 2017 Newsletter | 03rd Jan, 2017

jan-newsA very Happy New Year to all SWOG members! We begin 2017 with a small, but perfectly formed newsletter. The usual format will return next month and in the meantime, please keep sending in your entries for the SWOG photo competition – don’t miss the chance to win a place on  Phil Hopkinson’s coppice course.

December 2016 Newsletter | 01st Dec, 2016

dec2106December has swept in on an icy draught, and with it a SWOG newsletter to warm the cockles.

Don’t miss the chance to win a place on a coppice course – enter the SWOG Big Picture competition. Send us your selfies and photographs of people enjoying the woods.

There are plenty of festive downloads – useful freebies for tree-lovers, including a chainsaw maintenance guide from Makita.

Season’s Greetings from the SWOG team!

November 2016 Newsletter | 31st Oct, 2016

nov-2016coverloInside a packed November newsletter, there are

  • butterflies
  • dormice
  • tree tales
  • words of advice for new owners
  • links a free tree ID app.

We hope you enjoy it!

October 2016 Newsletter | 30th Sep, 2016

oct-coverSquirrels, birds and the State of Nature 2016 – it’s all in the October SWOG newsletter, along with a report from the APF show,  forthcoming autumnal events and our usual list of fascinating blogs and links to woodland news.

September 2016 Newsletter | 02nd Sep, 2016

SeptSeptember has arrived and we’re in the middle of the woodfair season. The SWOG newsletter includes:

  • Discounted entry details for APF and Bentley
  • Welcome news that forestry grants will be honoured
  • The value of using local timber over imported products
  • Events, courses and surveys – join in !

August 2016 Newsletter | 01st Aug, 2016

Aug 2016LOWith the arrival of the lazy days of summer comes the August Newsletter.

Read about

  • The benefits of using horse to extract timber from woodlands
  • The Big Butterfly Count
  • What to look for in a cross-cut saw
  • SWOG meeting in Shropshire
  • RFS Courses for woodland owners
  • Discounted entry to the APF Show and the Bentley Woodfair

July 2016 Newsletter | 01st Jul, 2016

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Enjoy the summer with the July newsletter.

  • Sign up for the SWOG meeting in Shropshire
  • Small woodland owners have a vital role as custodian of the nation’s woodland heritage. The Sylva Foundation wants to capture the hopes and fears of woodland owners for the future to incorporate them into the Charter for Trees, Woods and People 2017 – make sure you have your say!
  • Get free Grown in Britain recognition for your wood.
  • See the results of the RFS Excellence in Woodlands awards.

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