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Discovering Long Wood - a year in the life of a small wood - May

Discovering Long Wood – a year in the life of a small wood – May

by heather ~ 22 May, 2009 ~ 2 comments

Rodney laboured all winter clearing a small area of the conifers at “Wolf End”. He made a new resolution –“Will remember to fell a smaller area in future, now I know how much work is involved, as this year’s worth was too much for one pair of hands.” This was Trees Month.... Read more...

Discovering Long Wood - a year in the life of a small wood - April

Discovering Long Wood – a year in the life of a small wood – April

by heather ~ 17 April, 2009 ~ 2 comments

Our diary for 2007 records “the driest April on record”.  This enabled Rodney to use his tractor freely to move logs around, cutting them to length and storing them off the ground.  We reflected on what had been achieved in our first year of ownership, and marvelled at the re-emerging beauty of our very own woodland. Read on ....” Read more...

Discovering Long Wood - a year in the life of small wood - March

Discovering Long Wood – a year in the life of small wood – March

by heather ~ 20 March, 2009 ~ one comment

March arrives, and so do the horses.  They gouge out the track, and decimate the mosses and liverworts. Rodney spends some time renewing and extending the fence to keep out further visitations.  That done, he sets to work improving the habitat by planting some native shrubs along the perimeter.  And at last the wild flowers began to reveal themselves... Read more...

Discovering Long Wood - A year in the life of a small woodland - February

Discovering Long Wood – A year in the life of a small woodland – February

by heather ~ 27 February, 2009 ~ Comments Off on Discovering Long Wood – A year in the life of a small woodland – February

February, and Rodney acquires a tractor... Admittedly it's small, the right size to be carted to and fro in the back of his Ford pickup, but it works - and works and works. . . Read more...

Discovering Long Wood - A year in the life of a small woodland - January

Discovering Long Wood – A year in the life of a small woodland – January

by heather ~ 30 January, 2009 ~ 7 comments

So now you're a woodland owner. What do you actually do?  Follow a year in the life of a small woodland ... Read more...

Brambles (Rubus fruticosus)

Brambles (Rubus fruticosus)

by Chris ~ 14 December, 2008 ~ 26 comments

The bramble is a common native species. It is found in many different types of plant communities from woodlands, to heaths and dunes though it is not found in native pine woodland, and is generally more common in lowland than upland woods. Read more...

Festival of the Tree 2008, Westonbirt Arboretum

Festival of the Tree 2008, Westonbirt Arboretum

by Richard ~ 29 August, 2008 ~ 4 comments

Once again it was a pleasure to meet everyone who called in at the Woodlands.co.uk  stand at Westonbirt over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Read more...

Changing Colours – Why do leaves change colour in the autumn?

Changing Colours – Why do leaves change colour in the autumn?

by Chris ~ 19 October, 2007 ~ 7 comments

Come the autumn, the leaves of many deciduous trees change colour – no longer green they turn yellow, brown, red or purple.  What has happened? 

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