Jul 29 2020

Smithills on Film

On Monday and Tuesday the whole Smithills team were busy turning the Estate into a film set! Over the two days we filmed footage in the woodlands, grassland and on the moor for three exciting projects: a short promotional film about Smithills, a longer information...

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Jul 22 2020

Hackfall in Autumn

A massive thanks to volunteer photographer, David Rodway, who has forwarded us this wonderful short film of Hackfall in autumn. Situated in a steep sided gorge and cutting through primarily rolling pasture, Hackfall is a semi-natural ancient woodland, near Masham, North Yorkshire. This stunning woodland has Grade...

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Jul 09 2020

Litter and fly tipping threatens nature

Deluge of litter and fly tipping since lockdown is a mounting threat to nature   The Trust has reported an unprecedented surge in litter and fly tipping across its woodland sites since the national lockdown began - presenting a rising threat to nature.    The Woodland Trusts 1,000 plus...

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Jul 06 2020

Saving Warner’s King

Thank you to our Hucking Orchard volunteers, Allen Goodwin and Raymond Kenward, for submitting this article for Whittle.    The Orchardist constantly frets.  If it's not Silverleaf on the Victoria Plums then it's canker in the Worcester Pearmain, and if by luck it's neither of these then...

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Jul 02 2020

A word from the Director of Wales

Hello to all volunteers in Wales/ Sut mae, i’n holl wirfoddolwyr yng Nghymru.   I hope you have been able to keep busy during lockdown and enjoy your local trees and woods #TreesCloseToMe.  A few trees near me have caught my eye on regular walks from home (see...

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Jul 01 2020

Bunce resurvey gets underway

The Bunce resurvey of ancient woods across the UK has started this week at Riding Mill Wood near Newcastle. This 3 year project (2020-22) has long been in the making, and despite delays due to the pandemic, the ecologists have begun surveys at English sites...

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