A partnership between the Woodland Trust and the National Trust

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…

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…

Spring Soundscapes at Fingle

At 5 a.m. on a cool, fresh May morning the wonderful Fingle wildlife can bring all your senses into sharp focus. Before the sun reaches the muted colours of the landscape around Ross Meadow at the furthest end of Cod Wood, the sounds and smells of a spring morning are…

Making Space for Dartmoor’s Nature

When the Woodland Trust and National Trust pooled their resources in 2014 to take on 330 hectares of woodland in the Teign Valley to the east of Dartmoor, the guiding principle of how to tackle the landscape scale restoration of a Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) had already…

Wooston Castle – What Next?

After a busy few weeks at the Wooston Castle hillfort, the archaeologists and volunteers who have been working through a particularly wet and windy Dartmoor spring have finished their excavations. As they left site at the end of their dig with the stories of their discoveries fresh in their minds,…

Heavy Horses Fingle

May’s Fingle Lecture: Heavy Horses

May’s Fingle Lecture will take place next Thursday the 3rd of May. We will be joined by Will and Alex Hampton from Dartmoor Horse Loggers. We’ve frequently used Heavy Horses in Fingle to assist with our woodland management because of their flexibility and low impact. Will and Alex will demonstrate…

Delightful day to visit a dig

Excavations at Wooston Castle are coming to an end this weekend, so tomorrow (Saturday the 21st) we are holding an open day so you can come along and see what the archaeologists have discovered. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to give guided tours of the hillfort and trenches…

Digging deeper – week 1 of the Wooston excavation

We’re approaching the end of our first week of the Wooston Castle excavation so it seemed like a good time to visit the dig and get an update on progress. Despite the fact that the hillfort was shrouded in clouds and being hammered by rain early this morning the view…

The history of Wooston Castle

As our 14 day excavation of Wooston Hillfort is now underway we thought it would be a good opportunity to provide some background on the history of hillforts, summarise what we already know about Wooston Castle and highlight the significance of our dig. Like many prehistoric monuments, Wooston Castle hillfort is…

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