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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

Bushcraft Tools – Natural Tools

by WoodlandsTV ~ 21 August, 2017 ~ 7 comments

Bushcraft Tools: Episode Two - Natural Tools

Presented By Annette Sticker: The Campfire Skills Instructor - http://www.annettestickler.co.uk

This video in the Bushcraft Tools series focuses on tools that can be made from natural materials you can find around you in the woodlands. Here Annette Stickler explains how she made two different types of hammers for different jobs using branches from nearby trees. Not only is the process of making these tools great for honing your bushcraft skills but they also last an incredibly long time and won’t cost you a penny!

This film was made for WoodlandsTV in association with Dulwich Studios.

You can watch more WoodlandsTV films here: http://youtube.com/WoodlandsTV

Backyard Blacksmithing

by WoodlandsTV ~ 11 August, 2017 ~ 14 comments

Here we see Allan Course (the Backyard Blacksmith) at the Bentley Woodfair, demonstrating how to make a simple but effective hook from a six inch nail using an inexpensive, mobile forge set-up - ideal for woodland working. Allan`s skill is apparent and his enthusiasm is infectious - as he encourages us to have a go, keep safe and enjoy! http://www.bentley.org.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Ancient Oaks

by WoodlandsTV ~ 11 July, 2017 ~ 3 comments

Julian Hight has travelled extensively in his quest to discover more about some of the world`s ancient trees - researching their history and the legends behind them, sourcing engravings and old photographs, as well as producing new documentation to tell the stories of these important trees . Here he celebrates a few specific ancient oak trees in the UK - calling for their preservation and also for the planting of new oaks. http://worldtreestory.my-free.website/ http://www.bentley.org.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Bushcraft Tools – The Knife

by WoodlandsTV ~ 4 July, 2017 ~ 11 comments

Bushcraft Tools: Episode One - The Knife.

Presented By Annette Sticker: The Campfire Skills Instructor - http://www.annettestickler.co.uk

In this new series of videos Annette Stickler guides us through some of the most common tools needed for bushcraft skills in woodlands. This first episode features on The Knife, often the first tool most people want to know about. Annette tells us about her particular knife and the reasons she uses it as well as answering questions on what type of knife to use, how much a good bushcraft knife costs and what is the best knife for use in the woodlands.

This film was made for WoodlandsTV in association with Dulwich Studios.

You can watch more WoodlandsTV films here: http://youtube.com/WoodlandsTV

Working with Flax and Nettles

by WoodlandsTV ~ 20 June, 2017 ~ 41 comments

Here at Bentley Woodfair we see expert Allan Brown talking us through the various processes involved in preparing flax and nettles ready for hand spinning - from growing, cutting, drying and storing through to working the plant to reduce it to its most useful natural fibres. Allan uses traditional equipment, adopting specific techniques to best work the flax. We appreciate how, in times past, this would have had enormous production value - as flax and nettles were used to make all sorts of crucial items, from sails and bed sheets to clothes and cordage - and this skill still has its value today. For more info, please email: [email protected]
http://www.bentley.org.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Making and Playing a Didgeridoo

by WoodlandsTV ~ 12 June, 2017 ~ 20 comments

Tall Paul (Paul Cook) shares his passion for all things didgeridoo - explaining the principles of making these wonderful wind instruments and how choice of timber (from beech to eucalyptus) effects sound quality - creating varying tones, reverberations and volume. Tall Paul also demonstrates the specific playing methods and circular breathing techniques needed to produce the distinctive didgeridoo sound - all at the Bentley Woodfair http://www.bentley.org.uk/
http://www.didgetallpaul.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Starting a Forest Garden

by WoodlandsTV ~ 31 May, 2017 ~ 9 comments

Here Lisa Aitken and Charles Hooper describe how they have created a Forest Garden - an open woodland ecosystem using a range of trees, shrubs and plants for harvest. They share their joint passion for horticulture, self-sufficiency and their desire to work with the land to leave a lasting legacy. They talk us through the design process which includes seven layers of growth with the aim of cultivating the space available to increase biodiversity. Lisa and Charles point out the importance of understanding the condition of the soil, of growing plants for sun or shade in relevant areas, as well as the bonus of having accessible water on site - all with the reassurance that gardening knowledge will increase over time, just as the forest garden will grow and thrive, providing fruit, vegetables, nuts and more for years to come. http://www.forestgarden.info/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Buying a Wood: What is the Small Woodland Owners` Group (SWOG)?

by WoodlandsTV ~ 25 May, 2017 ~ 4 comments

Advice from the agents of Woodlands.co.uk and the Small Woodland Owners` Group (SWOG) about managing your woodland. For more information contact the agents direct via:
http://www.woodlands.co.uk/about-us/contact-us.php and SWOG http://www.swog.org.uk/

Stone Age Hunter Gatherers

by WoodlandsTV ~ 22 May, 2017 ~ 20 comments

Here historical expert Martin Patterson shares his vast knowledge of the Stone Age Hunter Gatherer period. His passion and skill is obvious as he shows us a range of replica tools and equipment he has fashioned from natural materials including a flint-headed axe, a scythe from deer antler, a fire-hardened digging stick and a range of spears for hunting - explaining how these would have been used and maintained in the Stone Age. Martin shows us needles from bone; how pine resin, soot and bees wax can make a sort of glue and how stinging nettle fibre would have been used like string to make trapping nets. He stresses the importance of looking after the natural environment - then and now - to encourage new growth and to ensure a regular harvest. http://www.handsonhistory.co.uk/. An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

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