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The Foragers: Secret Mushrooms

by WoodlandsTV ~ 9 February, 2018 ~ 7 comments

Introducing the Foragers - a team of hunter-gatherers who run a wild food pub in St Albans. They head into the woods on foraging adventures. In this video the Foragers go exploring deep inside a hollow tree. You’ll be sickened and fascinated by what they found there, and how they turned it into a tasty goulash.
For more info on the Foragers go to www.foragewell.com

Ferreting

by WoodlandsTV ~ 31 January, 2018 ~ 16 comments

Michael White is an experienced forager and wild food expert. Here he shares his ferreting expertise - talking us through how best to care for the ferrets, signs to look for when sourcing the rabbits` bury (or burrow), the ideal time of year to go ferreting, permissions and equipment required - mindful of the ethics as well as the benefits of this field sport. A passionate advocate of `nose to tail` eating - he shows a respect for the rabbit as a sustainable wild food resource. http://www.ruralcourses.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Eco Printing

by WoodlandsTV ~ 19 January, 2018 ~ 9 comments

Here in the woods at Bentley Woodfair, textiles expert, Mo Jackson, shares her knowledge and passion for experimenting with the unpredictable art of eco printing. Mo talks through the processes with enthusiasts Emma and Katie: from the importance of choosing leaves containing the most tannin (such as rose, sycamore and Japanese maple), to the use of mordants to fix this natural dye, through to the varying visual effects created by the use of different fabrics and equipment. http://mofeltart.weebly.com/; thewoollyumbrella@gmail.com; http://www.bentley.org.uk/
An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Dormouse Survey

by WoodlandsTV ~ 13 December, 2017 ~ 7 comments

Having discovered a dormouse in their woodland, Heather and Rodney were keen to learn more about helping to conserve this protected species. Now registered as trained monitors with the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme, essential if you want to handle dormice, they are licensed volunteers, capturing data about the dormice living on their site. Their care and expertise are clear as they take us on a dormouse survey - sharing their detailed knowledge about these arboreal animals and the processes involved in important data gathering.
https://ptes.org/get-involved/surveys/countryside-2/survey-hazel-dormice/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

An Introduction to Forest School

by WoodlandsTV ~ 28 November, 2017 ~ one comment

Here at the Tortworth Arboretum, Jemma Robinson, from Robinson`s Discovery Tree (@JRDiscoverytree) speaks passionately about the premise of Forest School - to provide children and young people with the opportunity for experiential learning and play within the natural environment. Jemma is keen to encourage access, exploration and enjoyment of woodlands - allowing children the chance to connect with nature and to develop skills such as safe tool use, as well as a detailed knowledge of their natural surroundings. The Forest School approach is to offer frequent, regular sessions over time, to layer the learning, so that the children feel challenged, creative and confident, as well as nurturing a life-long love of the natural world. http://www.robinsonsdiscoverytree.co.uk/. http://tortwortharboretum.org . An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Put Out A Campfire

by WoodlandsTV ~ 17 November, 2017 ~ 3 comments

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

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Light A Fire

by WoodlandsTV ~ 10 November, 2017 ~ 13 comments

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

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How to Use an Iron Horse

by WoodlandsTV ~ 19 October, 2017 ~ 12 comments

Here we see Iain setting up and using an Iron Horse to extract timber from the woodland. This system is ideally suited to a small-scale woodland - the Iron Horse has agility and strength but low ground pressure so does less damage to the woodland floor; it also enables manoeuvrability within a dense woodland and helps both with loading and unloading the timber stack - especially if you are working alone to clear timber. An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

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

Bat Conservation

by WoodlandsTV ~ 30 August, 2017 ~ 19 comments

Here Jenny Clark MBE, founder of the Sussex Bat Hospital and dedicated bat conservationist and wildlife educator, shares her expertise and passion for her work in caring for grounded and injured bats. Jenny introduces us to some of her rescued bats - Noctule, Whiskered, Common Pipistrelle and Brown Long-Eared - and explains how she must first carry out an all-round health check on each one, including looking for and treating any injuries. When each bat is fit and well and has reached ideal weight, it must then pass the `flying test` - assessed for skills, stamina and attitude - before it can be successfully released back into the wild. This will be impossible for some bats - but they then become part of Jenny`s team of educators - giving members of the public the opportunity to encounter bats and to learn more about the importance of bat conservation. Jenny`s expert, gentle care for the bats is clear, as is her wealth of knowledge as she speaks about what we can all do to help protect and preserve our native bat species. http://www.bats.org.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

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