Beech: the nation’s second favourite tree

During Biology Week 2017, beech was voted the UK’s second favourite tree species. Pipped to the top spot by horse chestnut. Here we find out more about what makes beech so special.   Biological importance Due to its dense canopy, rare shade loving plant species are associated with...

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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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Nov 15 2018

Recent safeguarding communication

An email or letter will be sent to all volunteers over the next week with regards to the safeguarding policy and changes we have recently made.   You may recall we reviewed and updated our safeguarding policy earlier this year to ensure it is fit for purpose...

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Nov 13 2018

And the winners are…

2018 saw a massive 100 nominations across the different categories in our Volunteer Awards. These nominations were excellent and the panel of Trust Directors had a hard time whittling them down to just three shortlisted volunteers per category. The National Volunteering Team and a volunteer...

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Nov 09 2018

Elm on the Edge

The story of the wych elm trees in the Bovey Valley Woods has reached its final chapter. The volunteers of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve began the adventure began back in 2016 when a hunt for the diminished population of elms took a painstakingly...

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