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Ash dieback - what to do?  Pre-empt, plant, persevere, keep calm and carry on.

Ash dieback – what to do? Pre-empt, plant, persevere, keep calm and carry on.

by Richard ~ 30 October, 2012 ~ 5 comments

The last ice age endured for about 100,000 yrs.  Some 18,000 yrs ago, mammoths, sabre-toothed tiger and woolly rhino (preyed on by prehistoric man) roamed our land.  Thick ice sheets lay to the North, whilst to the South was tundra - much like that now seen in Northern Siberia. Then 10,000 years later, the ice sheets started to melt and the tundra receded; sea levels rose and low lying areas were flooded.   The North Sea and English Channel formed, cutting us off from mainland Europe. This was a gradual process (in our terms) and as Europe warmed,  trees migrated northwards - some reaching the UK before we were cut off from the rest of Europe.  Most plant colonisation was by seed and spores, animals followed bringing with them other taxa. Read more...

Greenridge - my wood.

Greenridge – my wood.

by Graham H ~ 17 May, 2012 ~ 6 comments

Having been born and brought up in rural Devon and then subsequently spending a career of 50 years at sea, the prospect of retirement with all its encumbrance of zimmer frames and wheel chairs was not sitting too comfortably on my shoulders. A year into this experience, at about the time the wife stopped talking to me, and with the feeling of guilt experienced every morning of really not doing very much constructive with my life, except walk the two Springers the obligatory six miles a day along the coast outside my home - it really felt as if the rot was well and truly starting to set in. That is until one day, whilst exploring a quiet part of Northumberland,  I espied a Woodlands.co.uk for sale sign. Read more...

The Edge Effect

The Edge Effect

by julian ~ 31 July, 2009 ~ comments welcome

Julian Evans returns in the latest WoodlandsTV video to explain the edge effect on woodland tracks.  

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A Guide to Common British Plants

A Guide to Common British Plants

by catherine ~ 1 May, 2009 ~ 8 comments

Now that it's the time of year for bluebells, we turn our thoughts to woodland flowers.  Read more...

Buttercups, Old and New - Ancient Meadows

Buttercups, Old and New – Ancient Meadows

by Chris ~ 16 May, 2008 ~ 2 comments

Already some buttercups are in flower.  They may be found in fields, pastures, hedgerows meadows, and of course, lawns and gardens!  The early flowers are often those of the bulbous buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus).  These may be distinguished from those of the meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris) by looking at the way the green sepals are arranged beneath the flower.  In the meadow buttercup, they lie against the flower, whereas those of the bulbous buttercup are said to be “reflexed” – the sepals hang down. Read more...

Elder (Sambucus nigra) - Elder Lore and Elderflower Recipes

Elder (Sambucus nigra) – Elder Lore and Elderflower Recipes

by Jade ~ 2 May, 2008 ~ 9 comments

The elder is a small but bountiful tree that usually grows on the woodland edge. The tree has an abundance of history and folklore surrounding it and was long regarded as sacred, protected by the elder-mother who resided in its trunk. Read more...

Bluebell Woods

Bluebell Woods

by Michael ~ 18 April, 2008 ~ 18 comments

One of the pleasures of working for Woodlands.co.uk is the opportunity to enjoy some really spectacular displays of bluebells at this time of year, for example Low Orltons Copse, Kilnfield Wood and Ball Wood in Sussex are beautiful now.  (You can see some pictures of these woods in the South-East section of the website.) 

However, for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to own our own wood (yet!), the National Trust has selected 10 of its best bluebell woodlands Read more...

Plants, Past & Present Part 2

Plants, Past & Present Part 2

by Chris ~ 4 April, 2008 ~ 3 comments

Mapping our flora. 

In recent years, the BSBI and the (NERC) Centre for Hydrology and Ecology have been involved in major projects that have mapped our flora. A number of books and reports, for example :-

contain the distillate of massive sampling and data recording exercises. Read more...

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