Saturday, 27 June 2009
This is a classic village show with something for everybody and very familly orientated. For full information visit their website at http://dunsfordshow.co.uk/default.aspx
The National Trust stand will have an eclectic mix of childrens activities, information, demonstrations and merchandise. Including top quality charcoal produced from the National Trust owned St Thomas Cleave Wood only 1 mile from Dunsford, hows that for locally produced!
Friday, 19 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Why not create your own mind map detailing what you can do or what your school class can do?
Thanks to Bovey Climate Action who gave it to me when I went to see their showing of the Age of Stupid - a must see climate change film Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? Check out their web site - it gives details of where the film is showing near to you.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
We will have children's activities, demonstrations, information, recruiting, NT merchandise and woodland products on our stand. Why not come and visit us for a chat? We will try and answer any questions you may have.
We will be selling raffle tickets where every ticket sold will pay to plant a tree on a Dartmoor property as part of our woodland regeneration programme.
For further information go to http://www.bicton.ac.uk/
Later in the year we will be attending the Dunsford, Lustleigh, Okehampton and Chagford shows watch out for news on all of these.
Work involved barrowing nearly 40 tons of scalpings (small stone) across a muddy field but by the end of the week - this was the spectacular result! Many thanks to all for the hard work.
The National Trust runs over 400 Woking Holidays each year. If you would like to be involved on one of these look at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-trust/w-volunteering/w-workingholidays.htm
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Our new Kiln allows us produce small quantities of local charcoal from our existing woodland operations, just as they did in the Teign Valley hundreds of years ago. In the first picture you see the kiln having not long been lit, with the lid open while the fire takes hold. The lid will then be shut when the kiln is so hot that water "sizzles" on it's surface.
You can see the fire through one of the vents at the base of the kiln. Once the kiln is shut, these vents are controlled to regulate the amount of air allowed into the kiln, so that the majority of the wood is "cooked" not burned. Once all the water and volatile compounds are driven off, the smoke coming from the chimneys turns blue, and it is time to close up the kiln and leave it to go out over night.
The following morning it is opened and the charcoal removed, graded and bagged.
These days most charcoal finds it's way onto the BBQ, but in it's heyday it was used for products such as fertiliser and gunpowder.
Charcoal made at various National Trust sites on dartmoor will be sold through various outlets and at agricultural shows- more on this to follow.
Monday, 1 June 2009
The snow earlier in the year may have been very pretty but certainly gave us a lot of work to do in the Teign Valley.
We spent an entire month clearing up trees which had fallen over due to the weight of snow on their branches. These trees blocked paths, tracks, driveways and roads, took down fences, signposts gates and one dust bin!
Having cut up the larger trees, we "skidded" (dragged) them using a tractor to a nearby meadow/ roadside, there to await the next phase of their existense...
As timber! A local sawyer/timber framer was employed to cut up our fallen Oaks and convert them into timber for bridges/gates/stiles/waymarkers etc.
This procludes the need for us to buy in timber from over seas e.g. French oak and means we can keep things local. The timber will be put into the longest term use possible so that all the carbon it contains is locked up for as long as possible before being released back into the carbon cycle.
The gaps created by these fallen trees are already being filled by young trees this summer.