"Do ‘skyscrapers’ made from wood have relevance for UK forestry? I mean, we’re not seeing them built using home-grown wood and, in the UK, only London is building what would popularly be thought of as a skyscraper. Well, I think they do, and I was particularly inspired by a website dedicated to ‘mass timber construction’ and a passion to build higher."

In the latest #TreeCharter blog Stuart...
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Woods - Wendell Berry

I part the out thrusting branches
and come in beneath
the blessed and the blessing trees.
Though I am silent
there is singing around me.
Though I am dark
there is vision around me.
Though I am heavy
there is flight around me.
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01/21/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
#ScienceCorner: Decline in global forest diversity could cost billions per year

A new study of all major forest ecosystems on Earth finds that conserving these diverse forests not only retains a species-rich environment, but also maintains the forests’ output and services for future generations. Tens of thousands of forestry professionals collected the underpinning data, which extended over a...
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01/21/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
David Rose is turning six-and a half hectares of arable land into an "edible woodland" by planting more than 4,000 fruit and nut trees. The hard work was done last month when volunteers turned up at the progressive farm to plant the young trees and bushes.

"Over the last four years the Woodland Trust has helped take the environmental management of our farm to a new level with the creation of...
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01/20/2017 at 17:30. Facebook
It's almost time for #WinterWatch! Check in with the latest in the world of British wildlife at [ Woodlandtru.st Link ]
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01/20/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
January can sometimes be a little gloomy. But the best thing to do if you are feeling down this month is to get outdoors!

From going on a pub walk, heading to the beach, or going on a scavenger hunt, there's plenty to do. Read our nine things you can do outdoors this weekend: [ Woodlandtru.st Link ]
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01/20/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Our Targeting Tree Disease tree pack is specifically engineered to help renew your landscape.

The trees in this pack can be planted anywhere. We have carefully selected the best species to replace trees which have been lost to disease and to strengthen the landscape against other threats.

Find out more and order yours today:
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Last year saw Northern Ireland's Centenary Wood, Brackfield Wood, really spring to life. With works well underway and an exciting new addition, a visit in 2017 is an absolute must!

With Brackfield at the core, we want to link and bolster all three woods and we’ve set our sights on acquiring four strategically-placed pockets of land. With new planting, we want to create a continuous safe...
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01/19/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
The Department for Transport has published a response to the House of Lords HS2 Committee report, in which it has made some important announcements concerning ancient woodland.

We're pleased that the Government has announced, that as part of the first phase of the HS2 project, ancient woodland will be removed from biodiversity offsetting calculations developed by HS2 Ltd.

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01/19/2017 at 11:00. Facebook
If you are setting off for a walk in the woods you’ll probably be wrapped up warm - but spare a thought for the wild creatures that live there all the year round.

They have to adapt, to find shelter and enough food to stay alive. Each species has its own strategy for survival; some are well documented but others we know little about. We can educate ourselves by picking up a book or searching...
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Spring 2016 came early during a mild December that saw a record breaking average temperature. In fact, your average recording dates for most species and events were generally earlier than the benchmark year, 2001.

During spring 2016 you recorded 44,293 spring sightings. Keep sending us your spring records this year to contribute to a powerful dataset that helps scientists to understand...
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01/18/2017 at 15:30. Facebook
Next time you’re in the woods take a look through the trees from a low angle. If you can see beyond a few tens of metres there’s a good chance there are a lot of deer around.

Only the red deer Cervus elaphus, our largest land mammal, and roe deer Capreolus capreolus are truly native to the UK. The fallow deer Dama dama is thought to have accompanied the Roman settlement of Britain, whereas...
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01/18/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Join us as we turn a corner of the NEC green at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2017, from 21 to 26 February.

There is something for the whole family at the event, showcasing hundreds of campsites and holiday parks throughout the UK and Europe; it’s the perfect opportunity to wipe away the January gloom and get this year’s adventures lined up.

You can find us in Hall 1 for a rest and a...
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01/18/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
Super supporter Michael Main has backed our Christmas Card Recycling Scheme since 1998 – collecting sleigh loads of cards.

Led by an arsenal of advertising A boards his collections have risen and risen over the years – engaging a host of people from schools to businesses. In fact last year his efforts even got recognised by the former Prime Minister when he won a “Points of Light Award” for...
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01/17/2017 at 17:30. Facebook
Now in its eighth year, the Oxford Real Farming Conference - which started as a fringe event - is a unique opportunity for farming and environmental communities to share ideas and innovative solutions for a sustainable future for farming and food production.

There was something for everyone, from sessions on animal handling and companion cropping, to discussions of post-Brexit farm policy,...
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01/17/2017 at 15:00. Facebook
There are varied opportunities across the Trust and, no matter what your role is, you will have the chance to develop your career as well as get out and about in our woods. Apply now at [ Woodlandtru.st Link ]
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01/17/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
How to collect seeds: A guide to tree seed collection on the UK National Tree Seed Project.

Kew Royal Botanical Gardens set up the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), a partnership project of which the UK National Tree Seed Project (UKNTSP) is a subsection. It’s at the MSB where the UKNTSP seeds are stored. On arrival, seeds are cleaned and sorted to remove infested and non-viable seeds. The quantity...
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01/17/2017 at 08:00. Facebook
The first Charter of the Forest was signed on November 6th 1217. Now approaching 800 years later, a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People is in the making.

The original wildwood may have long since disappeared but the clues to the significance of trees, woods and forests in everyday life then lives on in both place names and surnames. Does your surname have a connection to woods and trees?...
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01/16/2017 at 15:00. Facebook
"No one is certain of the fallen tree’s age, but it is thought to have lived at least a thousand years. Any tribute I could give it would be fatuous; the tree was older than the language in which I can write ... That’s what the tunnel tree in Big Trees State Park meant to me: the function of eternity to graduate the progress of a life."

Nathan Heller from the New Yorker writes about the death...
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01/16/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Discarded Christmas trees are being used to spruce up the sand dunes at Redcar.

Members of the Friends of Redcar (FRED) have joined forces with Redcar and Cleveland Council countryside rangers and residents to begin the Coatham Dunes Restoration Project - a scheme to conserve and protect the dunes, which have suffered from erosion and rubbish being dumped on them. By planting trees deep in...
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