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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 the fourth bridge and another…

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 fir is one of species…

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 exposure and maintain the details…

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 lived and worked there, from…

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 species, and a licence is…

New Territory to be Explored

One of Fingle’s rarely visited and quieter pockets of woodland is being made available for walkers to go out and explore. The Fingle volunteers have been hard at work over the last few months, opening up a small and adventurous route beside the stream in Hall’s Cleave. The stream has been prone to flooding in…

Deer Monitoring in Fingle Woods

Hello. I’m James, a volunteer ranger working with the Fingle Woods ranger team in the Teign Valley. I love nature! Yes, its true, I can’t help myself. Like so many of you out there I love every aspect from the plants and trees to the amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes. It never ceases to amaze…

Not only trees grow in Fingle Woods

One of the nice things about my job is getting to meet lots of different people from all walks of life who come to volunteer some of their time to the fabulous places which the National Trust looks after.  Some come for a day, some for a week on work experience, some with groups every…

Fingle timber

Cutting Trees with Intent

The restoration of Fingle Woods is providing many interesting opportunities for people within their working lives or during their rest and relaxation. Various parts of the woodland have been busy through the winter with forestry contractors and volunteers hard at work, and the longer days of spring and summer are likely to attract even more…

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