Jun 01 2020

Thank you for everything

Dear volunteer,   Today marks the start of national Volunteers' Week. But who would have known it? Things are looking very different this year and we’re unable to celebrate with you in our usual way.   For the first time in decades, our volunteers have been unable to work...

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May 05 2020

Favourite sign of spring

As a volunteer historical researcher and photographer for the Londonthorpe Woods project – a joined effort of the Woodland Trust and the National Trust (Belton House) near Grantham, Lincolnshire, and a photographer of wherever in the country Estelle Slegers Helsen spots a Woodland Trust wood,...

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May 04 2020

Latest edition of Woodwise

  The spring 2020 issue of Wood Wise focuses on how trees can simultaneously tackle the climate and nature emergencies. Scientists at the forefront of applied research explain how many more trees we need to plant, why native trees are best, and how to make the...

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Apr 25 2020

Horse logging at Coed Felenrhyd

During the last Winter season (2019/20) at Coed Felenrhyd, North Wales we carried out some PAWS (Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site) restoration work. This special and unique site, a true Celtic Rainforest managed by Coed Cadw since 1995 has gradually had mature conifer thinning to...

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Apr 24 2020

One thousand dog days

Tia is a Boffie - A BOrder collie/StaFFIE cross. She may be 10, but she can still run for Yorkshire. I can't go that fast, but we still have to cover a lot of ground on daily walks to do her energy justice. Fortunately in...

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Apr 23 2020

A Ring ouzel first for Lang Craigs

Almost 80 different bird species have been recorded at our young woodland Lang Craigs in West Dunbartonshire, but this week a local BTO volunteer was in touch to say he’d spotted a pair of Ring ouzel (sometimes called the mountain blackbird). This is an exciting find!...

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Apr 19 2020

‘We’re special’ a poem by Philip Dykes

We’re Special ……………… We got it right Our design for flight Linked to our special skill Moving through the deepening night ready for the kill   We’ve got good eyes and sense of smell But mostly do not need these Tracking down the smallest midge With efficiency and ease   So what’s the secret you may...

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Apr 18 2020

The Wyre Oak – by Pete Thompson

Some of my best friends are trees. Which is especially fortunate at this time of restricted human contact because, as always, they are as willing as ever to give solace and share the natural, life-giving energy that, in this season especially, is pulsing so strongly...

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