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An Introduction to Forest School

by WoodlandsTV ~ 28 November, 2017 ~ one comment

Here at the Tortworth Arboretum, Jemma Robinson, from Robinson`s Discovery Tree (@JRDiscoverytree) speaks passionately about the premise of Forest School - to provide children and young people with the opportunity for experiential learning and play within the natural environment. Jemma is keen to encourage access, exploration and enjoyment of woodlands - allowing children the chance to connect with nature and to develop skills such as safe tool use, as well as a detailed knowledge of their natural surroundings. The Forest School approach is to offer frequent, regular sessions over time, to layer the learning, so that the children feel challenged, creative and confident, as well as nurturing a life-long love of the natural world. http://www.robinsonsdiscoverytree.co.uk/. http://tortwortharboretum.org . An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Put Out A Campfire

by WoodlandsTV ~ 17 November, 2017 ~ 3 comments

This film was made for WoodlandsTV in association with Dulwich Studios.

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Light A Fire

by WoodlandsTV ~ 10 November, 2017 ~ 13 comments

This film was made for WoodlandsTV in association with Dulwich Studios.

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Making and Playing a Didgeridoo

by WoodlandsTV ~ 12 June, 2017 ~ 9 comments

Tall Paul (Paul Cook) shares his passion for all things didgeridoo - explaining the principles of making these wonderful wind instruments and how choice of timber (from beech to eucalyptus) effects sound quality - creating varying tones, reverberations and volume. Tall Paul also demonstrates the specific playing methods and circular breathing techniques needed to produce the distinctive didgeridoo sound - all at the Bentley Woodfair http://www.bentley.org.uk/
http://www.didgetallpaul.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Starting a Forest Garden

by WoodlandsTV ~ 31 May, 2017 ~ 9 comments

Here Lisa Aitken and Charles Hooper describe how they have created a Forest Garden - an open woodland ecosystem using a range of trees, shrubs and plants for harvest. They share their joint passion for horticulture, self-sufficiency and their desire to work with the land to leave a lasting legacy. They talk us through the design process which includes seven layers of growth with the aim of cultivating the space available to increase biodiversity. Lisa and Charles point out the importance of understanding the condition of the soil, of growing plants for sun or shade in relevant areas, as well as the bonus of having accessible water on site - all with the reassurance that gardening knowledge will increase over time, just as the forest garden will grow and thrive, providing fruit, vegetables, nuts and more for years to come. http://www.forestgarden.info/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Stone Age Hunter Gatherers

by WoodlandsTV ~ 22 May, 2017 ~ 4 comments

Here historical expert Martin Patterson shares his vast knowledge of the Stone Age Hunter Gatherer period. His passion and skill is obvious as he shows us a range of replica tools and equipment he has fashioned from natural materials including a flint-headed axe, a scythe from deer antler, a fire-hardened digging stick and a range of spears for hunting - explaining how these would have been used and maintained in the Stone Age. Martin shows us needles from bone; how pine resin, soot and bees wax can make a sort of glue and how stinging nettle fibre would have been used like string to make trapping nets. He stresses the importance of looking after the natural environment - then and now - to encourage new growth and to ensure a regular harvest. http://www.handsonhistory.co.uk/. An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Industrial Hemp

by WoodlandsTV ~ 9 May, 2017 ~ 19 comments

Nathaniel, Rhys and Yolanda share their passion for the nutritional and therapeutic benefits of growing, processing and using industrial hemp. Not to be confused with its `cousin` plant marijuana, licensed industrial hemp (in this case cannabis sativa) must be grown to contain a level of less than 0.2% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) - the psychoactive constituent of cannabis. This versatile plant only takes 4 months to mature and the whole plant can be used - roots, stems, leaves, buds and seeds for food, clothing and supplements eg the fibres for fabric and the seeds for oils. The seeds are high in protein and contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids eg health-promoting anti-oxidants and omega 3. The hemp we see here is produced on the South Downs but there are various varieties to suit different climates and soil conditions. http://www.vitalityhemp.com/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Sculpting with a Chainsaw in the Woodlands

by WoodlandsTV ~ 14 March, 2017 ~ 5 comments

Chainsaw Sculptor Ste Iredale demonstrates how to carve with a chainsaw.
For more info on the work that he does, find him on Facebook.

Hedge Laying: South of England Style

by WoodlandsTV ~ 28 December, 2016 ~ 10 comments

Here at Bentley Woodfair we see members of the South of England Hedge Laying Society (Chris Burchell Collins, Gary Moore and Frank Wright) demonstrate their skill using hazel to lay a hedge in the particular `South of England` style - with its specific use of `binders` to lock the hedge down tightly. They talk us through the traditional tools and techniques they adopt to ensure a permanent, solid, stock-proof, living hedge that will last for hundreds of years. http://sehls.weebly.com/ http://www.bentley.org.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Skinning a Rabbit

by WoodlandsTV ~ 16 November, 2016 ~ 10 comments

Michael White, passionate forager and wild food expert, shows us how to efficiently prepare and skin a rabbit he has caught himself. Michael also points out what to look for to ensure the animal is safe to eat, details the various cuts of meat and provides top tips on how best to cook rabbit - whilst all the while showing his obvious respect for this sustainable wild food resource. http://www.ruralcourses.co.uk/ http://www.bentley.org.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

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