Woodland Creation Event

There will be a Woodland Creation Wvent run by the Forestry
Commission and the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project on December 13th
at Woodleigh:


Dry stone walling at Bigbury on Sea

By Jeremy Weiss

What a beautiful day we had, in spite of the freezing wind, as we returned to Mount Folly Farm to work on Farmer John’s wall. The course was full, with lots of new faces and plenty of old ones too. John was very pleased with our work and rewarded us with lots of organic brocoli, cauliflower and carrots to take home. The next course is hedgesteeping on the 25th of November with Chris Bond but this course is now full. Please note that courses are filling up very quickly these days so if you want a place on the coppicing and charcoal making course, or on the wattle hurdles, now is the time to book!

Woodland Creation in the South West

Friday 17 November 2017, Taunton Rugby Club

This woodland creation event is aimed at landowners who want to plant trees – from small woodland blocks to large forests – to tell them what support is available and what they need to do to get started. The event will cover the benefits and challenges of planting trees and look at the economics of planting on farmland. There will be a summary of all the grants available and a chance to talk in more detail in smaller groups about the grant that you think is right for you. After lunch, we will take a look into the future to consider how your new woodland might be affected by climate change and what might happen to timber markets over the coming decades. See agenda below for more details:


Hedgesteeping course at Druidstone

Hedelaying report 30 September 2017 at Druidstone,

By Justin Clifford – DRST Trainee.

Under the expertise and direction of Alan Cooper we were all made very welcome by our hosts at Druidstone on an overcast late September weekend. Our task for the day was to bring some order and form to a 50 metre stretch of a boundary hedge which was overgrown sitting high above a stone faced bank.
To the passing observer the initial preparatory work of hedge laying appears to be the destruction of what looks to be a perfect hedge and all its form. Look closer and stay around little longer and speak with those at the hedge face and they will tell you its a lot more than that. The slashing out of brambles is countered with the selection of roses, berries and other vegetation to create hedge diversity with the overall objective ensuring that the created hedge is firstly fit for purpose for its intended use but secondly that it is an improved environment for the habitat and wildlife to whom the bank belongs.
“Crooks and bonds” added to the technical and practical benefits of the our days work before the heavens opened and we left slightly wetter than when we arrived.
Our next two courses are booked up now, and the others are filling up fast so if you want to get some hedging experience this season, now is the time to book! Click here for more info. The dry stone walling course on the 17th of February is also nearly booked up.

Hedging Competition

DRST Hedging Competition 21st October 2017 at East Fingle Farm, Drewsteignton, near Okehampton
Don’t forget that entry forms for the competition need to be sent to Don Gaskins by the 13th of October.

We are having a preparation day on Saturday 14th of October starting at 0930.

The work involves taking out existing fences and cutting back scrub growth from the back of the hedges. We will need chainsaw operators to cut out the sapling and scrub growth and willing helpers to drag away the brash to where it can be burnt. We will also be pegging out the scetions for the competition

Please let Don know if you can come. Tel 01752 336049 or dongaskins@talktalk.net

Bring leather gloves loppers, pruning saws, billhooks and fencing tools etc Many thanks

                                                               Don Gaskins