Small Woods offer an array of events throughout the year for both members and non-members. These range from online talks, workshops and seminars to visits to members woodlands, and meet and greets at shows across the UK. A full range of upcoming events can be found in the course calendar below with categories as follows:
Online Events: We aim to bring you a range of online talks, workshops and seminars. We cover plant health (pests and disease) in some format on a monthly basis and also run some of our talks as a series. Our current series is being given in partnership with the Squirrel Accord. The final two talks are being given by Kay Haw on Red Squirrel Conservation and Grey Squirrel damage.
Members Woodlands: These events are where both members are given the opportunity to visit other members woodlands and often discuss management techniques, sharing advice and getting a taste for what other members are up to!
Meet and Greets: This is the opportunity for us to meet you and for you to find out more about what Small Woods is up to at shows all across the UK.
WoodsMeet: Being a new type of event, WoodsMeet’s are the opportunity for members and us here at Small Woods to meet one another and exchange views and input to the wider work being done by the association on members behalf.
Autumn Talks and Walks!
We have a great range of events taking you up to Christmas this year, including our first live event since before Covid at Rawhaw wood on the 16th October. This event is part of our collaboration with Grown in Britain for Grown in Britain Week
We are holding two other events that week, and if you have a problem finding suppliers to produce your products, or markets for your products, or just don't know where to find someone that might want to purchase your raw materials, why not come along to our Wood Supply Chain Seminar. We have a range of speakers from different parts of the supply chain and aim to open the discussion about making connections.
Our other event is another first with an online charcoal burn!
Our tree talks have been popular and we aim to continue into late autumn focussing our attention on juniper, birch and crab apple.
Events in November and December will include a seminar on natural colonisation in partnership with the Forestry Climate Change Working Group, and an Oak conference in partnership with Action Oak.
You can book a place for our events below, if it is an online event we will email you the day before with a zoom link. For more information please email Sonia at [email protected] or 01952 432769.
Rawhaw Wood: Managing Coppice for Products
: 16 Oct 2021 - 16 Oct 2021
: Live event in the woods:10:30am -3:30pm, Rawhaw Wood, Pipewell Nr Kettering Northants NN14 1QZ
Rawhaw Wood is a SSSI, Ancient semi natural woodland, part of the Rockingham forest in Northamptonshire.
The day will focus on the restoration of neglected hazel coppice, on growing good quality hazel poles and maximising the economic, environmental and biodiversity opportunities within the wood.
Firewood: The New Regulations, Small Firewood Producer Workshop
: 19 Oct 2021 - 19 Oct 2021
: Online 18:30pm - 19:30pm
If you are producing small volumes of firewood and are worried about the new regulations which come into force this spring then why not come along to this workshop. We will be discussing our plans to launch a small supplier group scheme for members this autumn.
FSC Ecosystem Services: Project Update & Workshop
: 21 Oct 2021 - 21 Oct 2021
: Online 11am to 12pm
Our FSC Ecosystem Services project is funded through the 'Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Fund' managed by the Forestry Commission. We aim to support members with the production of management plans with a distinct focus on Biodiversity and Carbon, with the potential to become FSC certified.
Tree Talk: Juniper
: 04 Nov 2021 - 04 Nov 2021
: Online 11am to 12pm
Juniper is the next in our 'Tree Talk' series. Juniper can be found as a low spreading shrub or small tree. It has a wide geographic range. And in the UK is found on some of our more chalky soils, moorland and in old pine woodland.
Natural colonisation: the opportunities and pitfalls in creating new resilient woods
: 18 Nov 2021 - 18 Nov 2021
: Online 11am to 1pm
Natural colonisation is strongly promoted as an approach to woodland creation in Defra's English Tree Action Plan. What is the evidence that it creates woods that are resilient to rapid environmental change? What are the pre-requisites for success and the potential pitfalls? What evidence-led guidance is available for practitioners interested to adopt this approach?