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Chain saw use and training

Chain saw use and training

by Chris Colley ~ 1 November, 2012 ~ 11 comments

I don’t  need to attend a chainsaw course: I have been shown how to use one by someone who has been using a chainsaw for years, read a book, and have all the protective equipment required.” That’s what I thought until I attended a course with my son, who I had shown how to use a chainsaw safely.

I have been using a chainsaw for five years, for clearing overgrown tracks, and feeding the voracious wood burning stove that provides all my heat and hot water at home. My chainsaw usage couldn’t be all bad – I had survived five years use without any problems, and only one near miss, that wasn’t that near anyway.

However, my son and I decided that the time had come to go on a training course Read more...

Which woodland course should I go on?  - survey of courses on chainsaws and woodland management.

Which woodland course should I go on? – survey of courses on chainsaws and woodland management.

by Angus ~ 15 June, 2012 ~ Comments Off on Which woodland course should I go on? – survey of courses on chainsaws and woodland management.

Woodlands.co.uk pays for its buyers of woodlands to go on courses to help owners to better enjoy and manage their woodland.  The contribution is up to £300 and those who go on courses report back to us what they thought of their course.  As the company has now paid for almost 100 people to do these courses we have reviewed their feedback to see what sort of courses they chose and what useful snippets we can pick up. Read more...

Biochar at the Centre for Alternative Technology: business opportunity for small woodland owners or climate change solution

Biochar at the Centre for Alternative Technology: business opportunity for small woodland owners or climate change solution

by Chris Colley ~ 31 March, 2011 ~ 12 comments

Biochar may be used to mitigate climate change brought on by global warming, by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and locking the carbon into the soil, if James Lovelock (originator of the seductive Gaia hypothesis) is to be believed.  Others say the numbers just don’t work.   Biochar is also put forward as a very effective soil improver, which can reduce fertiliser use, reduce pollution, increase crop yields, and as an approach to agriculture may be traced back to the terras preta (black soils) of the Amazonian rainforest. Read more...

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) - a good visit for woody people

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) – a good visit for woody people

by Angus ~ 5 December, 2010 ~ comments welcome

Although it's in Machynlleth, in West Wales, the Centre for Alternative Technology is an interesting visit for anyone concerned about the environment, woodlands and wildlife.  Established in the site of a disused slate quarry, CAT was set up way back in 1974 and it aims to demonstrate how what was very much "alternative technology" in the 1970s can be used in practice and can be implemented by individuals.  Within the centre there are plenty of hazel coppice hurdles (used as screens and fences), there is an office for advice on building sustainable structures, and have a permanent green woodworking demonstration area. Read more...

A weekend at the woodland skills centre

A weekend at the woodland skills centre

by Jenny and John ~ 12 November, 2010 ~ 2 comments

Our weekend at the woodland skills centre was an immensely satisfying experience. We attended the green woodworking course, spending 2 days making a three legged stool, learning in a process a number of techniques. We began with the raw material, having to split ash logs with a froe, before roughly shaping them with an axe.    Read more...

Clay Pigeon Shooting for the first time - shotgun coaching

Clay Pigeon Shooting for the first time – shotgun coaching

by Angus ~ 27 July, 2010 ~ 14 comments

Have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about shooting?  I decided to find out by doing a 20 minute shotgun coaching course with the BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation). Read more...

Why not have a bushcraft course at your own woodland?

Why not have a bushcraft course at your own woodland?

by Angus ~ 1 July, 2010 ~ comments welcome

Barry Jackson (“Baz”) is a teacher but his own experience of formal education is typical of many - he hated school and had no intention of doing my exams – “all I wanted was to work at a country park.”  Read more...

Survival !

Survival !

by Tracy ~ 29 May, 2010 ~ 2 comments

Why in the world would we pay to go and camp in a woodland with absolutely no facilities?  Because it is a Wilderness Weekend course, run by Landrock Survival Training and it is a brilliant course! Read more...

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