A partnership between the Woodland Trust and the National Trust

The Fingle Feel-Good Factor

There are lots of positive sides to the woodland restoration project at Fingle Woods and lots of opportunities to get involved. Whether you are going for a walk or taking part as a woodland volunteer, many of us enjoy the feeling of being among the trees in the knowledge that the valley is going through some changes … changes that will, in time, see greater diversity of wildlife and long-term security for some interesting plants and animals. It’s often said that “if it’s a good place for wildlife, then it’s probably a good place for people too,” and a group of people visited Fingle Woods recently to take this idea a step further. Drink Wise Age Well is a service that provides support for people, as they get older, to make good and healthy lifestyle choices and one of the choices they made was to go on a “Creative Journey”…

Hydro-electric Castle Drogo

Water Power 2

After years of planning and months of hard work the Castle Drogo hydroelectric system was officially opened (well technically re-opened) on Friday 20th October. Around 60 people attended the opening which saw our Building Surveyor, Wesley Key, open the sluice gates, cut the ribbon to the turbine house and switch…

The Fourth Bridge

On a route formerly inaccessible to walkers, the Fingle Woods volunteers have worked all summer to open a path along the stream in Hall’s Cleave. There are four bridges in total, all constructed from local timber; Douglas fir and larch. While at work this week, part of volunteer team completed…

Timber Milling – The Big Time

Over half a century ago some young Douglas fir trees were planted on high ground in a small compartment of Fingle Woods. The vision of those 20th Century tree planters was that these trees would grow tall and straight and, with careful selective thinning, would produce some high-grade timber. Douglas…

Autumn colour Fingle Woods

My landscape photography

Working for the Fingle Project, capturing the essence of the woods, recording change and photographing activities, has been a real joy. It has also been both an education and a challenge. Photographing trees with all their detail isn’t as easy as you might think. How can you achieve an acceptable…

Heavy horses at Fingle Hillfort

Our woods on show

Have you been to see ‘Forestry Ventures: a century of change in Fingle Woods’, our exhibition in the Greenhill Art Gallery? As it says on the tin the exhibition explores the history of the woods over the last one hundred years. It tells the story of the people who have…

Looking Deeper into the Water of the Teign

For those of us fortunate enough to walk along the banks of the River Teign in Fingle Woods, we can admire the beauty of the rippling water; clean and sparkling as it bustles along its tree lined channel. We can enjoy the sight and sound of the fresh water tumbling…

Walking with Purpose

We are sitting on a track in the sun in a part of Fingle Woods I have never explored before. All morning we have been working in the shade of the trees and my ankles (bad choice of clothing yet again) are scratched from pushing through bracken and brambles. Our…

Species Monitoring- Getting to Grips with Fingle’s Dormice

Once a month, from May to October, I get to spend a day wandering about in the woods looking for dormice. Having been a Fingle Volunteer for a while, when the opportunity arose last spring to take part in dormouse surveys I jumped at the chance. Dormice are a protected…

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