BRINGING WOODLANDS TO LIFE

Tree Species

Woodlands feature many different tree species, each with its own particular characteristics and qualities. Some, like oak and ash, are famed for their fine timber, while others bear fruit, grow quickly, or are valued for some specific feature, purpose or myth.

Identifying Trees

Identifying one species from another can be challenging, especially in winter when the leaves have dropped from deciduous trees. People who have worked in woodlands all their lives can identify one species from another without always being able to tell you how. The rest of us rely on the shape, the leaves and the bark mainly, and turn to books on the subject for confirmation.

There is a wealth of resources on the internet to help you identify trees.  One of the best is run by the Plant Sciences Department at Cambridge University.  Another guide is to be found on the Woodlands for Sale website

For those of you who prefer not to carry your laptop into the woods there are a number of excellent books on the market.  Here are a few examples-

  • Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Britain (Reader’s Digest)
  • Trees; Allen J. Coombes, Eyewitness Handbooks
  • British Trees in Colour; Hart and Raymond

The Field Studies Council publish an excellent plastic coated folding card tree ID key, and Small Woods has available a free guide to the most common trees, Summer tree ID

Courses
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Timber Measuring

  • Cashel Forest Trust, Rowardennan, Glasgow, G63 0AW
  • 25 Feb 2022 - 25 Feb 2022
The course is designed to provide woodland owners, managers, agents and contractors the ability to calculate accurately timber volumes in standing trees, woodland compartments and road side stacks. more...

Events
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Firewood: The New Regulations, Small Firewood Producer Workshop

  • Online 18:30pm - 19:30pm
  • 10 Feb 2022 - 10 Feb 2022
We have had a number of requests to repeat this workshop so, 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. We will also provide an update on the new quality requirements if you own a boiler and are using your own firewood/chip for fuel. Read More...