Tree / woodland management articles

Oct
20
2021
Tomas Remiarz

Sacred forests of Ethiopia: how they can be recreated anywhere

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In these days of gloom and confusion it is good to remember that our world is not ONE continuous story where everything inexorably gets worse – or better – but that our world is full of many stories that are unfolding in parallel. This weekend I was uplifted by the moving account of the holy forests of Ethiopia, their hermits, and the people working to preserve and restore the highland forests to their original glory.

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Aug
15
2021
Simon Fairlie

Can burning biomass be sustainable?

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“Burning biomass is just another path to environmental destruction,” claims a recent article in The Ecologist. Really? Simon Fairlie, who has blithely been burning biomass for the last 50 years, investigates.
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Jul
14
2021
Andy Reynolds

Building your own sustainable future

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Hi. I’m Andy Reynolds – author, instructor, forester, promoter of self-reliance, and for the last few years I have been reflecting on our project’s progression, as it seems to have reached the stage of early maturity. The project – rebuilding a home, and changing the surrounding fields from dead agricultural land into an oasis of natural life, and a delightful place to live – is something that many people may aspire to, or even dream of. Read more …

Jan
13
2021
Sean Fagan

For the love of trees: my musings on trees

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Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft brings the outdoors to life as he shares his musings on trees and why it is he loves them so. Read more …

Apr
15
2020
Andy Reynolds

Becoming a woodland owner: an alternative view

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There are many and various drivers behind the desire to become a woodland owner, varying from wishing to impose one’s self on the landscape and latterly build a house on a green field site; to the other end of the spectrum to benignly caring for an increasingly rare habitat. Read more …

Jan
29
2020
Ruby Harrison

Could you help save ancient woodlands as a “threat detector” with the Woodland Trust?

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As the number of UK ancient woodlands threatened by built development tops the 1000 mark, we hear from Ruby Harrison at the Woodland Trust about their volunteer “threat detectors” and how you can join them. Read more …

Jan
8
2020
Ruby Harrison

How invasive non-native species threaten our woods and what we can do to help

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Approximately 2000 non-native plant and animal species have been introduced into the UK, causing irreparable damage and changing landscapes forever. The Woodland Trust looks at how non-native species are invading UK woodlands and what can be done to stop the spread. Read more …

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 …

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