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How to Use an Iron Horse

by WoodlandsTV ~ 19 October, 2017 ~ 17 comments

Here we see Iain setting up and using an Iron Horse to extract timber from the woodland. This system is ideally suited to a small-scale woodland - the Iron Horse has agility and strength but low ground pressure so does less damage to the woodland floor; it also enables manoeuvrability within a dense woodland and helps both with loading and unloading the timber stack - especially if you are working alone to clear timber. An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Top Trees of Tortworth

by WoodlandsTV ~ 25 September, 2017 ~ 6 comments

Jacob Stow (@jakeofthewoods), Director of Tortworth Forest Centre at Tortworth Arboretum, takes us on a walk through this historically and culturally rich woodland, speaking with knowledge and passion about some of the `top trees` here, such as the Giant Sequoia, Monkey Puzzle, Sweet Chestnut, Japanese Maple and Western Red Cedar as well as a range of rare and unusual Oaks. Jake shares his enjoyment of discovering, mapping and learning more about these trees. The Arboretum was first designed and planted in the 19th century and Jake explains how its originator, the 3rd Earl of Ducie, acquired many unusual and exotic plants from around the world to impress with his knowledge of trees and his social status. Today the team is keen to restore the Arboretum - looking at original records, replenishing lost trees and using viable seeds from existing trees to continue the Arboretum into the future. http://tortwortharboretum.org . An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Deerstalking in the Woodlands

by WoodlandsTV ~ 23 January, 2017 ~ 16 comments

Sam and his wife Roxy explain the reasons for deer stalking in woodland management.

How to Work a Mobile Sawmill

by WoodlandsTV ~ 26 July, 2016 ~ 2 comments

Here we have Iain and Adrian talking us through the various stages of the mobile milling process. We see the team safely setting up and using their equipment to mill selected timbers. We also hear about the range of benefits of using this small-scale system, including that it enables the focus to be on individual trees as opposed to blanket clearance and so promotes a mixed age woodland, allowing for natural regeneration of trees. An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Building a Tree House in the Woodlands

by WoodlandsTV ~ 15 July, 2016 ~ 25 comments

Artist Mike Hartley breathes, lives and builds a dream tree house - and explains the engineering involved. For more info on his work, please visit http://mikeartworks.weebly.com/

With many thanks to The Forge, who commissioned the Tree House Project https://www.facebook.com/wildrumpuscic/

Music by Jim Nield. Enquiries to [email protected] or find him on Spotify

A CAN film https://www.claudianye.co.uk for Woodlands TV https://www.youtube.com/user/WOODLANDSTV

Tractors and Trees

by WoodlandsTV ~ 30 June, 2016 ~ 22 comments

Here we see Stuart Brooking, Devon area manager for http://www.woodlands.co.uk, working with Jim and Simon to manage some windblown spruce trees that are blocking a woodland track. This work is carried out for safety reasons, to renew access through the woodland and to allow use of the timber as firewood before the trees start to rot. We learn about the various stages involved in the extraction process, the different equipment used and the safety precautions necessary when working with the 27hp tractor and 3.5 tonne winch - which can get in between the trees. The larger tractor then takes over to pull the logs to a central point, ready to clear from the woodland. http://www.haldontreeservices.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

How to Fell a Windblown Tree

by WoodlandsTV ~ 1 June, 2016 ~ 69 comments

Andrew Mead, forestry expert/instructor/assessor, shows us how to make safe a windblown tree using a chainsaw and hand winch. This is a potentially hazardous scenario and Andy talks us through the various cuts needed to ensure the tree moves in a controlled way - to avoid danger and to release the tree without damage to its fibres. http://www.lynhertraining.com/
An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Tony Titchen`s Tortworth Tree Talk

by WoodlandsTV ~ 2 March, 2016 ~ 7 comments

Here Tony Titchen, experienced dendrologist, takes us `tree gazing` at Tortworth Arboretum - pointing out both native species (such as the Hornbeam) and non-natives (such as the Hickory from Eastern North America). This historically and culturally rich arboretum is currently being restored for community use - it was first designed and planted in the 19th century and enjoys over 300 rare and champion trees. With his abundant knowledge and passion for his subject, Tony is an expert guide as we walk with him through this woodland wonderland. http://tortwortharboretum.org An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Restoring an Arboretum

by WoodlandsTV ~ 27 January, 2016 ~ 8 comments

We hear from Rebecca Cork who is heading up a conservation project to restore a historically and culturally rich arboretum for community use. The arboretum was first designed and planted in the 19th century and enjoys over 300 rare and champion trees - including one of the most varied collections of oaks in the UK. With the fantastic support of volunteers, woodland experts and local historians, Bec is keen to learn from this unusual ecosystem - allowing the environment to guide the renovation process. http://tortwortharboretum.org An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Splitting Wood with an Axe

by WoodlandsTV ~ 10 November, 2015 ~ 18 comments

Expert naturalist John Rhyder demonstrates the safest, most efficient way to use an axe to split wood for anything from fence posts to bow staves. http://www.woodcraftschool.co.uk An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

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