Feb 25 2020

Coppicing at Butcher’s Wood

Despite recent heavy rain and windy weather, volunteers from Butcher’s Wood have continued their coppicing work this winter to help improve the woodland ecology at the site.   Butchers Wood is a small (7.12ha) ancient semi-natural woodland at the northern boundary of the South Downs National Park...

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Feb 25 2020

Farewell to Simon Bateman-Brown

[caption id="attachment_16129" align="alignleft" width="225"] Simon and Tish with their farewell cakes[/caption] Volunteers from Langley Vale Wood bid farewell to site manager Simon Bateman-Brown on Thursday 20 February, as he leaves the Woodland Trust for pastures new at Kent Wildlife Trust.   Simon has been with the Trust since...

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Feb 24 2020

Coppicing and Hedgelaying at Spud Wood

The hardworking volunteers from the Spud Wood woodland working group have been busy throughout the winter months coppicing hazel and laying an old thorn hedge that runs through the site. A dedicated band of them, led by volunteer leader Nick Storer, have been working most...

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Feb 24 2020

Footpath improvements at Nidd Gorge

Thanks to all of our Nidd Gorge practical volunteers who braved the weather last week to help undertake footpath improvements at the site. The group, led by Sam Walker from Harrogate Borough Council,  managed to dodge the worst of the weather. However it was muddy...

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Feb 24 2020

Frogspawn February

Frogspawn in Fingle woods is another signal that winter is drawing to an end. But, is it early and what will happen when, or if, there is a cold snap? Data from Nature’s Calendar (a citizen science project run by the Woodland Trust and the UK...

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Feb 24 2020

World’s largest living organism

Is the largest living organism on Earth a tree? [caption id="attachment_16035" align="aligncenter" width="253"] Quaking aspen, Logan Fisher, Pexels[/caption] It might be!   In the Fishlake National Park, Utah, USA, there is a forest of approximately 47,000 quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides). These trees are not, however, separate organisms; they are...

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