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Ponies on Holiday

Tomorrow (Wednesday the 10th of January) four ponies will be arriving at Fingle for their annual winter holiday. These Dartmoor ponies are from a small herd of fourteen which are normally residents of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve in the Bovey Valley. In previous years they have spent their winter at Dawlish Warren helping…

Heavy Horses this holiday season

Fingle Woods is heaving with heavy horses this festive season. Beano and William from Dartmoor Horse Loggers are back with their new friend Polly (and handlers Will and Alex). Before Christmas they will also be joined by Kate Mobbs-Morgan from Rowan Working Horses and her horses Kipp and Sol. Together they are busy clearing conifer…

Fingle dormice

Time for a Rest – Fingle Dormouse Review (December 2017)

The reputation of the dormouse is a drowsy, dozy little creature that spends half its life asleep but, while this is partly true, when the dormice of Fingle Woods are active, they are very lively. During the spring, summer and autumn they are super-agile, bustling around the woods, foraging in the trees and raising the…

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…

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 on the turbines….. all this…

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…

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