Jul 23 2018

Dangerous plants guidance

This Guidance is designed to draw attention to toxic plants that are often encountered while working on conservation tasks – it is not exhaustive, and there are other toxic plants within our countryside that are not covered here.   The plants detailed below, however, can pose a...

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Jul 09 2018

Smithills Fire – An update

    You have probably seen the news about the wildfires currently hitting several parts of the country. Unfortunately one of those locations is the Woodland Trust Smithills Estate.     Two separate fires were reported on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th at opposite ends of the Smithills Estate. These two...

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Jul 06 2018

Thank you and goodbye

Thank you   It has been a pleasure to meet volunteers across the UK giving their time to help the Woodland Trust to create a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife. I was amazed when joining the team in 2016 that people...

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Jun 22 2018

Is a new pest coming soon to woodland near you?

Scientists at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) have confirmed the presence of the zigzag elm sawfly in the UK. The telltale zigzag feeding trail was left behind by sawfly larvae on leaves collected in Surrey during autumn 2017.   The discovery   As part of local plant recording...

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Jun 21 2018

Summer colours!

Don't worry you dont need to adjust your computer settings it's not you it's us!   You may have noticed that Whittle changed colour today to our vibrant Summer palette.   We'll be changing the colour scheme to keep things fresh on the first day of each season...

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Jun 19 2018

Have you had good support?

Nominations are now open for the Volunteer Manager of the Year awards. We want to know if your manager deserves an award.   Volunteer Managers will be recognised alongside volunteers as part of the annual National Volunteer of the Year  awards event in November.   We really value your...

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Jun 17 2018

Bird’s eye view of tree top heronry

Drone footage of a large heronry could shed new light on bird populations across the country. The remarkable footage, shot at  Parrs Wood at Grappenhall Heys in Warrington, Cheshire, shows 18 nests perched precariously in the top of trees.   The coverage was shot on behalf of Brian...

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