• The Bill Hogarth MBE Memorial Apprenticeship Trust presents the eighteenth WOODLAND PIONEERS Introduction to Coppicing week!

    5 days of greenwood craft training in a beautiful Cumbrian woodland: Birch Treen, Ash Stools, Oak Panels, Hazel Coppicing

    2nd – 6th September 2019

    £240-290 (pay what you can afford)


    For full details and booking, see: www.coppiceapprentice.org.uk

  • The Tree Council have produced a document to assist Local Authorities and other regional or local agencies to prepare an Ash Dieback Action Plan (ADAP) to respond to the problems that the affected trees will create. First published February 2019.

    This Toolkit contains resources and materials created by Local Authorities and other agencies as they prepared to manage the impacts of ash dieback. These examples are presented throughout the report. This Toolkit is a step-by-step guide to producing an effective ADAP and includes examples from Local Authorities who are currently active in managing their ash trees. For an up-to-date list of all the resources referenced in this document, please visit www.treecouncil.org.uk/Ash-Dieback

    A link to download the pdf is at the bottom of this page (Supporting Information).

  • Restoration of ancient woodland can be a tricky task in Cumbria.

    Steep ground and sensitive sites add to the usual constraints of everyday forest operations.

    This short film, “The log chute” gives an example of how timber can be extracted, thus lessening the impact of the forest operations and enabling nature to bounce back.

    Log Chute from HDDN on Vimeo.

  • 06 March 2018

    The Red List of Fraxinus

    The Red List of Fraxinus
    Published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

    This global study puts Fraxinus excelsior on the “near threatened” status, due to ash dieback. Contained in the paper are several recommendations:

    Assess and preserve Fraxinus genetic diversity
    Control and mitigation of the impact of Emerald Ash Borer as well as ash dieback
    Research and development into breeding programs for resistance, with potential introduction into wild populations
    Quarantine processes to be extended to prevent/reduce movement of infected wood
    Increase the use of the International Plant Sentinel Network in the fight against plant pests and diseases.


    Find the download link below.


    How do you think we are performing in the UK against these recommendations? Let us know on www.facebook.com/cumbriawoodlands

  • West Cumbria Water Supplies Planting Fund

    Are you keen to plant trees, hedges or woodlands in West Cumbria? If so we want to hear from you!

    United Utilities have funds available to plant of trees, hedges and woodlands in the valleys surrounding the West Cumbria Water Supplies Project. The fund has been established to off-set the loss of trees and woodland as a result of the water supplies project construction. The funding can be used for plants, planting, fencing and materials to protect the planting along with support for work to involve local communities where appropriate.

    Your scheme needs to do the following:
    • Fit with the landscape – fit the existing pattern and landform, reinforcing local landscape character
    • Benefit wildlife – enhancing the local area for wildlife by connecting and increasing suitable woodland and tree habitat
    • Protect the environment – by retaining soils and avoiding runoff that can harm local streams and rivers.
    • Involve and engage the local community – supporting action by local communities to improve and enhance their local landscapes

    Cumbria Woodlands will work with land owners and communities to help them develop their ideas for schemes to plant new trees, hedges and woodlands. Please contact us on 01539 792618 or email info@cumbriawoodlands.co.uk if you want to discuss your ideas and arrange a visit.

    More scheme details are in the downloadable pdf document at the bottom of this page.

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