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The lesser celandine

The lesser celandine

by Chris ~ 20 March, 2009 ~ 5 comments

The lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) is a woodland plant that is to be found flowering in the early months (February & March) of the year, indeed Blamey, Fitter and Fitter refer to it as “one of the first heralds of Spring”.  Its rich, bright yellow flowers can form a carpet under the empty, leafless canopy of woodland (like bluebells, they take advantage of the light that is available for growth at this time of year). They are also to be found in hedgerows, the sides of streams and churchyards. Read more...

Buying a Woodland in a SIPP

Buying a Woodland in a SIPP

by Angus ~ 20 February, 2009 ~ 22 comments

A “SIPP” is a Self-Invested Personal Pension Scheme, which is in effect a way of putting money away for your retirement and additionally benefitting from that money not being liable for income tax. The government gives tax concessions on money put into pension products of this sort to encourage people to save for their retirement. SIPPs can be seen as “packages” which hold investments for when you draw a pension income. Read more...

Cooking and Campfires

Cooking and Campfires

by catherine ~ 6 February, 2009 ~ 2 comments

Everyone has to eat and fresh air builds appetites.  How do you set up an efficient camp fire that will cook your dinner without it taking hours or the contents of the pan ending upside down among the ashes?  Justin Sterry - the "Al Fresco Chef" - explains how to build tripods and pit fires in the second installment of Woodlands TV's Survival Series.  Read more...

How to Sharpen a Chainsaw

How to Sharpen a Chainsaw

by catherine ~ 2 January, 2009 ~ 5 comments

Tips and hints on maintaining that essential bit of kit.  Guy Litchfield of Plumpton College gives a video demonstration for Woodlands TV: Read more...

Owning a Wood - the first few weeks

Owning a Wood – the first few weeks

by Gordon ~ 26 December, 2008 ~ 15 comments

Novice wood owners, Gordon and Enid Chambers, give their first impressions. After they'd finally "moved in", did it live up to expectations?....   Read more...

Wood Fuel

Wood Fuel

by Mike Pepler ~ 14 November, 2008 ~ 26 comments

Mike Pepler works for the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy and also owns some woodland near Rye, East Sussex, which he manages with his wife Tracy.

Using wood for heating

According to government figures (from BERR), heating buildings and water uses about one third of all energy (including transport) in the UK. Much of this energy is supplied by fossil fuels, and so is resulting in large amounts of carbon dioxide being emitted, contributing to climate change. Read more...

What is Treen?

What is Treen?

by catherine ~ 25 September, 2008 ~ one comment

Treen is literally “of the tree”, objects made of wood.  In the days before plastic, wood was the commonest and most inexpensive material for all the small household items we take for granted – bowls, spoons, boxes etc.  Also wooden-handled tools and implements.  Collectively, these came to be known as “treen”.  In these days of mass production, there isn’t much reason to spend time carving these items except for the pleasure of working wood and the creative satisfaction of making something.  Nevertheless, it is an increasingly popular craft and beautiful treen items are often for sale at craft and wood fairs. Read more...

Sheds in Woodlands

Sheds in Woodlands

by Angus ~ 29 August, 2008 ~ 23 comments

We did a survey on sheds for storage amongst woodland owners and although the sample is small, the results were nevertheless interesting .   We had responses for 27 woods; 14 had no shed and 13 woods already had a shed in use. The woods were mostly between 5 and 14 acres in area.

The prime use for a shed is storage. All of the respondents quoted forestry tools and materials; all but three quoted camping kit, tables, chairs, kettles, Read more...

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