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The final Fingle Lecture of the year will be an illustrated talk by local photographer Paul Moody and Fingle project manager David Rickwood. Paul has taken a staggering quarter of a million pictures of Fingle, so we’ll be selecting some our favourites for this photographic round up of 2018 and to celebrate 5 years of…

An experimental softwood charcoal burn

In a quiet spot, ride side, below a historical charcoal hearth now emblazoned with hazard tape and marked trees, the air filled steadily with a plume of wood smoke. The faint hiss and crackle of firewood drew the attention of passers-by to a four foot diameter charcoal kiln spewing the surrounding area with predominantly water…

Fingle Lectures: September and October

Join us for another season of walks and talks.   After a short summer break we’re continuing our series of lectures about Fingle’s fascinating wildlife, history and restoration. Below is a little taster of the next two talks, so you can pop the dates in your diary. The first talk of the Autumn is on Thursday the…

Cheers! To the Volunteers

Since the Fingle Woods restoration project took root in 2014, a budding group of volunteers has emerged and flourished in the wooded Teign Valley. Over the years, their contribution of skill and endeavour has changed the face of Fingle through brash piles burned, trees and hedges planted, bridges spanning streams, bird boxes built and invasive…

Immerse Yourself in the Woods

Forest Bathing may create images in your mind of delving into watery woodlands or taking a soothing dip among the trees but this kind of bathing in the forest is derived from a Japanese activity known as Shinrin-yoku, meaning “taking in the atmosphere of the forest”. It is a form of nature therapy that allows…

Plans for the upcoming dig at Fingle Mill

In a week’s time we will begin the excavation of Fingle Mill. The site has been a key feature of the landscape for many centuries. Documentary evidence dates the mill to 1640 but it is likely to date back further to the Tudor period. The purpose of the excavation is twofold. Firstly, to provide the…

The Miller’s Tale: Excavating Fingle Mill

It’s hard to imagine, when you walk alongside the tranquil River Teign, that this was once a hive of industry. Just downstream from Fingle Bridge lie the ruins of Fingle Mill, variously a corn mill, fulling (cloth) mill and iron smelting mill. Instead of today’s birdsong and scent of the woods you would have heard…

A Cut Above the Rest

Hidden away in the rolling meadows above Bovey Tracey a champion is preparing to challenge some of the best foresters in the world. Richard Elliott, a groundsman, has been involved in chainsaw logging competitions since 1986, when he entered a contest at the Devon County Show. Since then, he has honed his skills and has…

June’s Fingle Lecture: Water Quality Monitoring

June’s Fingle Lecture will take place tomorrow, Thursday the 7th of June, at 7pm in the Fingle Bridge Inn. We will be joined by James Gilbert from the Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT). Since March 2017, WRT has been working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, National Trust and Environment Agency to monitor water quality in…

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