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Winter Harvesting

This winters harvesting has been focussed along the riverside track. We are trying to clear a lot of the smaller riverside conifers which will reduce the need for undertaking future felling operations from the riverside track. In a number of places we wont need to re-visit these areas with large forest machinery at all. Once…

The felling work in Cod Wood begins…

You may have noticed over the Christmas and New Year period the felling work began in Cod Wood and today some machinery moved in to begin processing the trees. This I regret means that the riverside track in this part of Cod Wood is now closed for the month of January and we hope it will…

Charcoal – preserving the past

by Matt Parkins A number of Historical Environment Records are being protected at Fingle Woods. Most of us know about the impressive remains at Wooston Iron Age Hillfort but there are hundreds of smaller archaeological features found in the valley. Before the conifer harvesting programme starts this autumn a number of charcoal hearths have been…

Heavy horse a “bygone” feature of managing woodland ?

Tom Wood of the National Trust recently worked with Will Hampton of Dartmoor Horse Loggers  http://www.dartmoorhorseloggers.co.uk/ to roll the bracken covering the Iron Age Hill Fort of Wooston Castle. The rhizomes of the bracken can potentially be damaging to the archaeology as they penetrate deep into the soil. We have been looking at ways of…

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