Himalayan Balsam flowers
Jan 16 2018

Clearing the murky waters of invasive species

In the UK, millions of pounds and thousands of hours are spent each year tackling the major issue of invasive non-native species. But not all non-native species are invasive and not all invasive species are non-native – confused? Earlier this year a new scientific study from...

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Oak processionary moth caterpillars
Jan 16 2018

Oak processionary moth

Last year Woodland Trust staff met with The National Trust at Osterley Park. The purpose of the meeting was to begin looking at how we manage the risk of OPM (Oak processionary moth) collectively. Oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea, OPM) was first accidentally introduced to Britain...

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Volunteers sawing a tree
Jan 16 2018

Timber!

  Felling trees the Londonthorpe way On a sunny Sunday morning the volunteers at Londonthorpe Woodland Working group, near Grantham met up with site manager Ian Froggatt, to learn how to fell trees in a safe way. Armed with bowsaws, loppers, wedges, a felling lever,...

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Woodwise front cover
Jan 16 2018

Wood Wise Journal

Free Publication Wood Wise is the Woodland Trust’s journal of woodland management. It is free to download and you can find it here http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/2017/12/wood-wise-autumn-2017/ The latest issue focuses on how we can educate and inspire the environmental guardians and conservationists of the future. Many educators understand the importance...

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Hogweed plant
Jan 16 2018

Sunlight and plant sap – please be careful

During spring & early summer the risk of inflammatory dermal reactions following exposure to plant sap and sunlight phytophotodermatitis (PPD) returns to our woods. This is a very painful condition causing a rash and / or blistering. This type of reaction is usually associated with Giant Hogweed;...

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Red inflammed hand
Jan 16 2018

The dangers of Cellulitis

Recently a member of staff contracted Cellulitis from an insect bite, and needed medical attention. Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper layers of skin and the underlying tissue. It can be serious if not treated promptly. The infection develops suddenly and can spread through the body...

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Barbara Young sat at the base of a tree
Jan 16 2018

Meet Barbara – Baroness Young of Old Scone

Barbara, Baroness Young of Old Scone, is a Member of the House of Lords with special interests, among others, in the environment, agriculture, natural resources and climate change. She is Chancellor at Cranfield University gand her voluntary positions include President of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife...

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