Tree / woodland management articles

Jun
4
2019
Doug King-Smith

Develop skills at the Hillyfield barn-building project on Dartmoor this summer

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Low-impact forestry hub and much more besides, the Hilliyfield are looking for volunteers to help with their barn-building project on Dartmoor this summer. Doug King-Smith tells us more. Read more …

May
9
2019
Ele Waters

Fancy joining the Pentiddy Woods family on an immersive 9 month internship?

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Here’s your chance! We hear from Ele and Anthony at Pentiddy Woods about a unique learning opportunity on offer from October 2019. Read more …

Dec
11
2018
Andy Reynolds

How to source timber: a joiner’s point of view

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From growing the trees to selecting the right timber for the job, Andy Reynolds brings a lifetime of experience in forestry, carpentry and innovative thinking to timber for building. Here he explains how to source timber as responsibly as you can. Read more …

Nov
6
2018
Lesley Anderson

Living and working as a horse logger in Scotland

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Steffi Schaffler lives and works in Scotland, running a horse logging business along with her partner Dave and 3 horses. Read more …

Aug
23
2018
Rob Inwood

Wood durability guide: timber durability chart & database

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Our woodworker friends at Gate Expectations have put together this great chart of timber durability for anyone working with wood (1 is most durable and 5 is least). Over to Rob from here.
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Mar
29
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

Diary of a tree planter

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During winter, while the animals hibernate and the trees sleep, magic happens on hillsides across the land – forests are created! A brief account of the ups and downs of life for a tree planter this winter… creating a woodland on a farm in Devon.

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Mar
22
2018
Andy Reynolds

How to use solar power in woodlands and on woodland smallholdings

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I have been running our home for the last decade or so using wind and solar electricity. The experiences of building this system have been distilled into a book, of which we are now in the third edition. Read more …

Jan
11
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

How to identify trees in winter

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It’s one thing to identify deciduous trees in summer, with their distinctive leaves on full show, but what about winter? Without leaves, we have to look at other telltale signs. After a bit of practice, it can be easier than you think. Have a go, using these helpful methods, which will make it easier to identify trees in leaf too.
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Nov
21
2017
Ruby Taylor

Making an ash pack basket

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In a post kindly shared from the Native Hands blog, our basketry specialist Ruby Taylor recounts a recent trip to the woods to make a beautiful ash pack basket. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Nov
14
2017
Emma Olliff

What’s the best thing to do with the uplands, in terms of sustainability?

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This is a question asked in an interesting debate on Facebook along the lines of uplands and their appropriate maintenance with regards to grazing. There are several fascinating projects and opinion pieces that were linked to Read more …

Nov
2
2017
Lesley Anderson

Using pigs for woodland conservation

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At this year’s Scottish Smallholder Festival  I attended a fascinating talk by Jack Flusk and Katie Swift of Conservation Pigs about their pioneering use of pigs for woodland conservation work. With benefits to the pigs, the pig keeper and the woodland this is a practice which could become far more widespread. Read more …

Oct
8
2017
Jeffrey Hart

A natural building bookshelf with Jeffrey the Natural Builder

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In this post, Jeffrey the Natural Builder shares his top reading recommendations based on an original natural building books post on his blog. It’s over to him from here. Read more …

May
16
2017
Dane Beckett

The pros and cons of burning different types of wood for heating

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Burning wood is a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly heating method. Burning wood on a high efficiency stove can create less CO2 than letting the same wood rot on the floor of a forest. Read more …

May
14
2017
Sophie Paterson

One man and his sticks: meet stickmaker Joe Musialowski

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A traditional rural skill sometimes overlooked, crook and stickmaking is making a comeback in the UK. Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson spoke to Joe Musialowski of Wren Country Sticks about his journey to become a professional stickmaker and what the future might hold for this timeless country craft. Supplier of bespoke sticks, crooks and croziers for walkers, shepherds and Bishops, it’s over to Joe to tell us more in his own words. Read more …

Apr
22
2017
Andy Reynolds

That knotty problem: how to prune trees to produce quality timber

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After reading the excellent article in Smallwoods magazine (issue 61) on formative pruning by Steve Woollard, I thought to build on that article with a perspective from a timber user. Read more …

Feb
2
2017
Ian Dowson

Wood-fired pizza van: free to a good home

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I’ve had six years of self-employed catering with Proved Wood-fired Pizza, alongside working full-time in the housing and homeless sector. I originally wanted to sell the van/business to help fund going back to university as a full-time student. Read more …

Jan
15
2017
Dave Darby

What to do if you want to build your home on a spot occupied by an ancient tree

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We’ve been contacted several times by people who ask why we’re promoting the building of timber homes and the burning of wood in wood stoves or biomass boilers. Their argument was that timber building and the production of firewood require the felling of trees Read more …

Jan
10
2017
Andy Reynolds

Timber users and growers: what is ‘timber shake’ and why does it occur?

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This article holds some clues to the faults in timber most commonly found in Oak and Sweet Chestnut, but I have also encountered it in Southern Yellow Pine. For the novice, timber shake may sound a bit nautical or piratical, but it is a fault in growing trees Read more …

Oct
16
2016
Andy Reynolds

What tree species to choose for woodlands in the 21st century

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The various pressures and threats to UK woodland are ever-increasing. These can include development, climate change or globalisation contributing to the spread of disease, insect and mammalian pests. Read more …

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