Veteran tree expert and enthusiast, Jim Mullholland, walks through the 19th century Torthworth Arboretum describing some of the examples of wood-decay fungi he finds there, including `Chicken of the Woods` (Laetiporus sulphureus) and `Beefsteak Fungus` (Fistulina hepatica). Jim explains how a wood-decay fungus is classified in various different ways depending on the type of decay it causes - such as the crumbly, cubicle brown rot or the more spongy white rot that breaks down the lignin in the wood. He tells us how a fungus does not necessarily lead to the destruction of the tree; that fruiting bodies of certain fungi can be extremely useful for wildlife; and recommends a limit to the size and number of wounds on a tree so that it is less likely for decay to set in. http://tortwortharboretum.org ; http://www.ancienttreeforum.co.uk/ . An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
Here the Foragers find a mushroom known as 'chicken of the woods' and transform it into a vegan feast.
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A closer look at the UK's largest Beetle, the Stag Beetle. This film looks at the importance of appreciating these impressive creatures and what woodland owners can do to encourage stag beetles into their woods.
A film by Tom Hartwell
With thanks to Wimbledon Common
Former firefighter and instructor and experienced NHS Resuscitation Officer and trainer, Andy Sullivan, shares the first aid skills vital to effectively manage various wounds that are bleeding. Andy considers the potential sources of injury when out in the woodlands and stresses the importance of personal safety when treating a patient. He explains the key steps to follow, depending on the level of injury, and demonstrates how to apply specific sterile dressings and trauma bandages to support the patient before the arrival of the emergency services. http://www.elst.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
Here Andy Sullivan, former firefighter and NHS Resuscitation Officer, talks us through the essentials of an outdoor first aid kit - from protective gloves to tick removers to trauma bandages, Andy reminds us of the key items to have prepared and with you when working in the woodlands or enjoying outdoor activities. http://www.elst.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
Come and take a closer look into the amazing world of Wood ants. Helen Read from Burnham Beeches shows us how a rotting tree stump can become a home for thousands and how the ants can spray acid at possible predators.
With numbers decreasing around the UK, Burnham Beeches are working to encourage people to stop and look at the ants differently, as they are a vital and fascinating part of our ecosystem.
With thanks to Helen Read and Burnham Beeches
A film by Tom Hartwell
Here we see green woodworking expert Justin Sanford demonstrate traditional spoon carving. Justin shares his obvious skill and enthusiasm for this work as he tells us about the specific tools and techniques he adopts to produce these beautiful, useful items. From selecting the `found` wood for its particular properties, to setting the tradition in a social and historical context, Justin`s respect for the wood and for his craft is clear. https://en-gb.facebook.com/justin.sanford.9469 http://www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
Here we see experienced woodland manager and craftsperson Richard Hare talk us through the key items for woodland working - from simple secateurs through to billhooks and froes, Rich shows us the best tools for different woodland tasks. He also demonstrates specific cuts with certain axes and knives, all with efficiency, enjoyment and safety in mind - to really get the most out of your woodland. http://keeperscoppicing.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
Tim Roskell demonstrates his green woodworking skills here at The Royal Bath & West Show. He shows us how to use various tools - such as the froe, side axe and draw knife - as he splits and cleans a length of coppiced sweet chestnut. Tim explains how this is one of the most durable of woods with its high tannin levels and low sapwood/high heartwood content - and reveals the potential benefits of a woodworking lifestyle.
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Here the foragers show you how to make medieval ink using foraged Oak Galls. This simple recipe uses only Oak Galls, Iron Sulphate and water, so everyone to become a medieval writer.
A film by The Foragers