Earlier in the year WoodlandsTV attended the Hutter's Rally in Dundee, a day of celebration from Reforesting Scotland, the organisation that were the origins of the hutter's movement. The day celebrated all things hutting related, axes to build your own hut with, real life hutter's stories and how to get into it and own your own hut.
To learn more please visit https://reforestingscotland.org/who-we-are/
With thanks to the Hutter's Rally and Reforesting Scotland
WoodlandsTV made a visit to the Ancient Technology Centre, an Outdoor Education Centre operated by Dorset Council providing authentic historical experiences. This film explores how the centre began, how the land is kept today and the importance of learning through nature.
In this video woodlands.co.uk are back at the Ancient Technology Centre filming how to prepare a pheasant in the wild. You will be shown how to remove the head, skin and feathers. you can roast and cook in anyway that you like. You can even save the feathers to make a feather duster.
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In this video we follow Steve Sangster into his woodland to show us how to build the perfect home for a hedgehog. Building shelters like this is a great way to encourage wildlife into your woodland as well as a super fun activity for the family. You can use materials found in your woodlands like logs, leaves and old bricks are great too. With thanks to Steve Sangster and his family.
A film by Steve Sangster
Here Steve takes us out into his woodland to show us how to collect and prepare sap from a birch tree. This is a great way for the whole family to get out into the woods and reap the rewards of nature. Birch sap is highly nutritious and a great source of vitamins such as vitamin C, Iron, potassium and more.
With thanks to Steve Sangster for sharing this video, check out his other videos and one on his ancient woodland restoration in Kent at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWHO95HX5KJ-4Dc44UJqrLg
In this video woodlandsTV talk to Ben Orford the well known tool maker with over 17 years in the field. All they sell is handmade by both Ben and his wife Lois, Ben works with the metal to create the blades and Lois does the leather work, an unstoppable duo! Their huge range goes from small detail knives for spoon carving, to tang knives to larger bushcraft knives.
A film for woodlandsTV by Josef Pitura-Riley
Kael Atterton shows us how to safely forage Yarrow, a flowering plant also known as Achillea millefolium. He gives us information about it’s uses, it's folklore, where and when they grow and how to prepare yarrow for a herbal infusion.
A film for WoodlandsTV by Emily George and Rose Dunster.
With thanks to Kael Atterton and Red Squirrel Ancestral Skills
In this video you will see how fun and easy it is to create your own paints and use new techniques to create natural outdoor art that will compliment the environment. A great activity to do with all the family!
What actually is a Bodger? WoodlandsTV met Bill at the Oak Fair at Stock Gaylard, and in this film, Bill explains how the traditional bodgers worked in teams in the woodland, each performing a different task. We were pleased to be accompanied on the harp by "Mrs Bodger" Hillary, shyly hiding in their van while Bill was finishing a mallet on his pole lathe. They were working hard to raise money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, www.c-r-y.org.uk, which has personal significance for them.
A film for WoodlandsTV by Jemma Cholawo.
Chainsaw artist Ella Fielding created this phoenix sculpture for a school in Mitcham while the pupils were away on half term. Ella started carving ten years ago with the Tree Pirates, and she is now a full time sculptor and mother of two young children. As an artist, she thinks in 3D, and after some brief sketches to demonstrate her idea, Ella uses the form of the wood to guide her instinctively, working with the grain, the knots, any nails and rock pockets becoming part of the finished piece. You can see more of her work on Instagram @ella.fielding.sculptor.
A film for WoodlandsTV by Jemma Cholawo. www.jemmacholawo.com