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  • 09 May 2017

    Working on PAWS sites

    Caption: The Woodland Trust explain the importance of working to improve the long-term survival of PAWS sites

    Cumbria Woodlands and the Woodland Trust are working together to bring important ecological woodlands back into healthier condition.

    We do this with a range of free advice and by helping owners access grants to undertake work on their woodlands.

    If you think you have a Plantation on Ancient Woodland (PAWS) site please contact Jamie (jamie@cumbriawoodlands.co.uk).

    This excellent short film gives a great overview of how to work on PAWS sites.

  • This time last year we made a film about restoration work at Rydal. Check it out here.

  • Do you want to know more about the recovery from ash dieback?

    Do you know how to deal with ash dieback on your land?

    This free workshop will bring together managers of ash research sites, concerned land-owners and managers of woodlands experiencing or threatened by Chalara ash dieback. The aim is to share information and experience and to renew partnerships in ash genetics and tree improvement research.

    Speakers at the workshop will be:-

    • Dr Jo Clark (Earth Trust) – The Future Trees Trust ash improvement programme and the Living Ash Project.
    • Ted Wilson (Royal Forestry Society) – The biology of Hymenoscyphus fraxineus.
    • Dr Gabriel Hemery (Sylva Foundation) – Getting people involved! The AshTag citizen science project
    • Ted Wilson (Royal Forestry Society) - Silviculture and management of ash – best practice advice for woodland managers.

    After lunch, we will visit Grass Woods, a mature woodland owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust which has been badly affected by Chalara ash dieback.

    Numbers are limited, so to reserve your place at this important event, contact Tim Rowland at Future Trees Trust on 07896 834518 or e-mail him at Tim.Rowland@futuretrees.org

    The Living Ash Project is a DEFRA-funded five-year project to identify resilient ash trees and to develop techniques to rapidly reproduce them. Learn more about the Living Ash Project at www.livingashproject.org.uk

    This workshop is kindly supported by the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Living Ash Project partners are

    • earthtrust
    • Future trees
    • Forest research
    • Sylva
  • Nearly 200 people braved the weather for Cumbria’s Woodland Festival on Saturday 18th March.
    Initiated by the Forestry Commission to encourage more of our woodlands into sustainable management; the Lake District National Park, Rusland Horizons and Butterfly Conservation also supported the event.
    A shared interest in trees brought together different backgrounds, from the old to the young, including many small woodland owners.
    Demonstrations of equipment, machinery and traditional skills ranged from large-scale firewood processors and a hydraulic portable sawmill or ‘Wood-Mizer’; to horse-logging and the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at making coppice crafts.
    The event brought together different sectors of our woodland industry, enabling networking and providing professional development. A wide-ranging series of talks ran throughout the day; including relevant grant funding available, a HLF project on Ash trees; training and careers; managing woodland for butterflies; and how to detect bats in trees.
    Newton Rigg were on-hand to raise the profile of career opportunities, the Royal Forestry Society’s stand included a tree identification quiz and tours of the working Wood Yard and Biomass Boiler were on offer. It was good to see a number of local forestry and arboriculture students making the most of the day.
    The Rusland Horizons project had its own stand, promoting training days in traditional skills and the opportunity for woodland owners in the scheme area to access the Apprentice team, and get woodlands back into management. The National Park was also publicising how it can help access funding for new woodland creation.
    Bringing woodlands into management has a range of benefits, for a prosperous economy, wildlife, the wider environment, heritage, low carbon transition and timber and wood-fuel supply - all benefits we’d like to see more of.
    The event was a good opportunity for the National Park to show support for one of its local industries, and was a celebration of the traditional skills involved in managing around 12 percent of the Lake District.

  • 2017 Cumbria Woodland Festival
    Saturday 18th March 10am-4pm
    Halecat House, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 6RT

    The 2017 Cumbria Woodland Festival will take place on Saturday 18th March in the beautiful setting of Halecat House in Witherslack, near Grange-over-Sands. A range of exhibitors and demonstrators will be showing equipment and techniques suitable for managing woodlands in Cumbria – especially the smaller ones, which aren’t currently managed. There will be organisations on site to offer advice on management, including grant aid, a programme of short talks and a tour of the Halecat House Woodyard and biomass boiler.

    The Cumbria Woodland Festival will be open from 10.00am until 4.00pm and is free for everybody - no need to book. Car parking is available on site, along with refreshments and toilets. Follow the signs to Witherslack and Halecat House from the A590.

    The 2017 Cumbria Woodland Festival is part of the Forestry Commission England Making Woodlands Work programme that encourages the long-term sustainable management of woodlands that benefits the environment, wildlife, timber and wood fuel supply. More information on the Making Woods Work programme can be found on the Forestry Commission website. Funding for the event has also been provided by the Lake District National Park Authority, Rusland Horizons and Butterfly Conservation.

    For more information, or to book a free stand space please contact Martin Glynn on martin@martinglynn.co.uk.

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