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- Photo Competition for Actif Woods Wales
- Expressions of interest are invited to host local project officers in Wrexham and Neath Port Talbot
- Coed Lleol jobs in Neath Port Talbot and Wrexham
- British Horse Loggers Charitable Trust Welsh Apprentice - an invitation to apply
- Job application with Coed Lleol
Friday, 26 April 2013
Coed Lleol Partnership Officer (Assistant Coordinator)
New Post: An exciting opportunity to improve people’s health and well-being by helping to coordinate the ‘Actif Woods Wales’ programme of woodland activities.
Machynlleth, mid Wales. £20,489 - £22,065 pro rata, 22 hours per week
Deadline: 9am Mon 13th May 2013, Interviews Thurs 23rd May 2013
For further information on the Smallwoods Association see www.smallwoods.org.uk
Tel. 01654 700061
Friday, 26 April 2013
Thanks very much to everyone who attended on this day, contributed to the focus group activity on Outcomes, ran sessions in the skill share and gave presentations. Considering the high winds and snow (which meant we had to run the sessions safely indoors), the day went extremely well. Also a big thank you to Rosie Strang, who was able to help out with setting up and taking the minutes.
the minutes from the Actif Woods Seminar and Skill Share Day on March 22nd are below:
A summary of the ideas discussed on best practice for the new project, relating to the Outcomes and Indicators for Year 1, in the Lottery funded 3 year project is also below:
Outcomes for project- from skillshare meeting March 2013
The 3 Year project is now underway, and there should be more news soon on the new projects in Neath Port Talbot and Wrexham and recruitment for project officers in those areas. Here's a quick summary of the work on Actif Woods Wales to date:
Actif Woods Wales is a project run by Coed Lleol since 2010, which aims to improve health and well-being in people suffering from chronic ill-health conditions, by exploring their local woodlands. This approach to treating a variety of mental and physical illnesses is based on the well documented natural environment’s ability to improve health and well-being by reducing stress and providing opportunities for exercise and social interaction. People are encouraged to revisit and continue to be involved in the woodland after the end of the health project.
Listening to presentations at the skillshare day in March
Wednesday, 02 November 2011The inaugural meeting of the National Tree Forum will take place at 2.00pm
on SATURDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER 2011 in the Doubleday Hall at GARDEN ORGANIC near
Ryton-on-Dunsmore CV8 3LG.which is 5 miles south east of Coventry (The
Doubleday Hall is accessed via the restaurant. Booking is recommended If
you would like to have lunch at the restaurant (tel. 024 76308213) as
Saturdays are busy.), The organiser, John Taur, says that other tree groups
exist elsewhere but there is still no countrywide group. So a National Tree
Forum could link with such local groups and provide an opportunity for tree
interested people with no such group to bring focus to issues that affect
trees and woodlands.
Announcement of NTF
Tuesday, 01 June 2010On the 18th May, scientists from Forest Research presented the findings of the Read Report in Llandrindod Wells. The full name of the report is "Combating Climate Change: A role for UK Forests," it details how the UK forest resource can help us to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
A series of presentations with topics ranging from silviculture to social forestry unpacked the complex issues that stem from our changing climate. The presentations are available from the Forestry Commission Wales website.
Llais y Goedwig have just embarked on a new Environment Wales funded project looking at the understanding of climate change amongst community woodland groups and how this is influencing management plans and forestry practice. The project will be unveiled at the Woodland Management Roadshows across Wales this summer.
Monday, 24 May 2010FreeTree, aims to provide local individuals, community groups and schools or other educational establishments with free trees, either broadleaf deciduous or fruit/nut trees to plant in their gardens/community space or woodland and to expand this service to other parts of Wales and the United Kingdom. This will encourage the growth of local provenance trees for both firewood and food and educate local individuals and groups in the propagation, planting and care of trees. FreeTree provide trees from their base in Esgair-Rhiw and also locate other potential sources of free trees from local woodlands, orchards and gardens or community spaces. Our website will enable us to liaise between those who wish to offer free trees and those who have space in which they wish to grow trees.
What is natural re-generation?
The natural regeneration of woodland, from seeds dispersed by nearby trees or by other natural means (such as vegetative propagation, regrowth and seed dispersal by birds) depends on woodland type and the proximity of a seed source. It is of benefit to wildlife and landscape character and can create a natural and irregular structure, of mixed age and species composition, with associated ground flora and shrub layer. Overall, it results in a woodland that has a largely natural composition and appearance.
However, there are many circumstances where naturally re-generated tree seedlings do not come to maturity. Where the seeds drop too close to the parent tree to get enough light, water and nutrition or where there are high levels of competition from weeds or other ground vegetation. Natural grazing also takes its toll and of course, sometimes the trees are just growing in the wrong place.
Who are FreeTree?
"It was this challenge we faced at our home farm, lots of trees re-generated in our ancient meadows and small woodland but nowhere to transfer them where there would be space to grow into mature trees. Whereas once the goats used to happily munch on the tasty treat the goats are long since gone, so another way had to be found to manage all this new growth.
March 2009 saw the birth of FreeTree with our very first branch at the farm, 1,000ft up above the small mid-Wales town of Rhaeadr. We started potting up the tree seedlings and giving them away at green fairs, one of our trees is now standing proudly in the grounds of Builth Wells High School and our links with Rhaeadr Transition Town movement is helping to spread the word that we have trees that need new homes. We're part of the WWOOFing group and have volunteers from around Britain and abroad helping us to manage our little tree nursery. In this last year we have given away 50 trees to local people and community groups and only last month we had our first opportunity to link a local tree planter who had over stock, with a small woods owner. This resulted in nearly 3,000 bare root larch and sitka spruce trees being planted where they would otherwise have been destroyed."
How can you get involved?
"We give away trees for free, so can you. We're launching our website this month to enable other people out to link up, encourage more growing of native trees and find an effective use for this precious resource. FreeTree is a result of our desire to pass on these trees, find places for them to grow and help other people to do the same.
FreeTree, Jules Newman & Kat McNidder, will be at the Hay Literary Festival on Saturday & Sunday, 29th & 30th May and 5th & 6th June. You'll find them with Hay on Wye Permaculture group near the main entrance.
- Woodfuel Sector Employment Survey
- The Powys Orchard Project - Fruit trees for people and biodiversity
- Oaks in Llandrindod Wells felled over fungal infection
- Climate change experts set to draft policy brief for Europe
- the Sustainable Energy Cooperative
- The UK Forestry Standard and Guidelines consultation
- Woodland Trust- More woods programme
- Woodlands 'losing biodiversity'
- Looking for red squirrels in Mid Wales
- SPRINGWATCH IS COMING
- A new focus on woodlands and wildlife at the Centre for Alternative Technology
- Reduction in Woodland Management Identified as contributing factor in the Loss of Habitat for Certain Welsh Birds Species
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