Feb 22 2019

Smithills Update 22nd Feb 2019

New Estate Ranger Our new Ranger, Andy Thorn, started this week. He will be taking over volunteer management for our practical task days, and also for our wardens and practical group leaders.  He is looking forward to meeting our volunteer group!   Next Volunteer Task Day – 10 March Is… you guessed...

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Feb 17 2019

Pestfurlong Moss Restoration Project

In 2018 a project began to restore approximately 4ha of lowland raised bog and wet woodland on Pestfurlong Moss which is part of Gorse Covert Mounds near Warrington. Pestfurlong Moss is a remnant of the lowland raised peat bogs (or mossland) that covered large parts...

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Feb 12 2019

Smithills Update – 8th Feb 2019

Hello all On Tuesday we had our first Supporters’ Group meeting of 2019. We had a packed room, including some of our new volunteers, and it was great to hear what the different groups have been up to, with updates on what the Wardens, Wildlife Group,...

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Feb 12 2019

Hedgelaying at Spud Wood

Volunteers joined  tutor  Damon Peacock this weekend for an introduction to the techniques and skills of hedgelaying.   Despite the occasional hail showers, volunteers from Friends of Spud Wood spent a fantastic couple of days at the Spud Wood site, getting to grips with the tools and...

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Feb 06 2019

Introduction to Coppicing Course

Thanks to all our hardy volunteers who joined us at Millfields Wood, Easingwold, last weekend for a fantastic weekend 'Introduction to Coppicing' course, lead by professional coppice worker and member of Leeds Coppice Workers, Tom Coxhead. Volunteers gained an insight about the practicalities and techniques involved in...

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Feb 04 2019

Smthills Update 24th January 2019

Hello all   Another busy week here on the Estate!   Welcome to our new volunteers…   Denis Eaton (Woodland Working Group / Wildlife Monitor) Sandra Eaton (Woodland Working Group / Wildlife Monitor) Charlotte Winstanley (Woodland Working Group) Adam Atkins (Woodland Working Group / Wildlife Monitor) Sue Harding (Woodland Working Group) Clare Mottershaw (Woodland Working Group)   Task...

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