Dec 07 2018

Smithills Update Dec 7th 2018

Hello all Just one more event left for this year – the Wassailing Adventure on Sunday. What a busy year it has been! 41 events so far with 1399 attending across the year. We have 140 booked for Sunday, so (depending on how many brave the...

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Nov 20 2018

Skipton Castle Woods Volunteer Update

Thank you to everyone who has given their time over the past few weeks, including those who joined our Dry Stone Walling Day on Sat 27th October. All very much appreciated, thank you.   I am conscious that we are heading into a busy time of year...

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Nov 20 2018

Autumn update on Owlet Wood

Hi everyone, well the long hot summer came and went, and we were luckier at the Owlets than some of the local forest and farmland in the context that we didn’t suffer any bad fires, although we did find evidence of a couple of portable...

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Nov 18 2018

Langton Wood Update

Thanks to all of our volunteers who came out to our Langton Wood site, in Redmarshall, near Stockton on Tees last week. The practical group met for a really useful day  removing young vegetation growth  from the old pond site in the woods. Next year...

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Nov 16 2018

Smithills Update

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the autumn weather. Here is a round-up of what is coming up at Smithills over the next month or so, in terms of volunteering, events and activities.   Task days and practical training days There is a hedgelaying practical day, led by...

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Oct 31 2018

Yorks and Midlands Network day

Last Saturday, 27th October, saw our Yorkshire & Midlands network day, our final volunteer network day for the north of England in 2018. Thanks to everyone who came along to join us at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield. With a fabulous venue and amazing food, followed by...

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Oct 24 2018

Thorn Wood Update

Thanks to everyone who came along and joined us for a really useful day last week out at Thorn Wood, near Northwich. Thankfully the weather held and smiled on us and we were able to enjoy a pleasant and productive autumnal day in the woods....

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Oct 23 2018

Dry Stone Walling at Castle Hills Wood

Well done to our hardy volunteers who turned out despite the pouring rain for our two day dry stone walling course at Castle Hills Wood, Castleside last weekend, for a really useful and instructive couple of days. Thanks to Dave and Peter, tutors for the...

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Oct 22 2018

Skipton Castle Woods Lantern Event

On Saturday 6th October, 500 happy lantern walkers descended on Skipton Castle Woods for the wood’s fifth Willow Lantern Walk.  This year the route included an extra mile of woodland and for the first time included the grounds of Skipton Castle.  Skipton is a woodland with...

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Sep 24 2018

Diptera surveys at Smithills

Every morning offers something different at the Smithills Estate. If you are wondering what Phil is doing in these pictures he is surveying diptera (flies). He's been studying Smithills diptera for years. Over the next months and years we'll be looking at species on the fire-damaged...

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