Posts Tagged ‘coppice’

Super Sprint Mill!

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

15 members of the Food & Agriculture group had a grand trip out to Sprint Mill last Saturday. We learnt all about Edward and Romola’s philosophy on sustainable, low impact living. To start the day we were given a greenwood demonstration – Edward coppices all the mill’s wood for heat and cooking, makes gates and hurdles for the smallholding, and makes greenwood crafts, beanpoles, pea sticks etc… the goats even join in on the fun by eating the bark.

Group photo in the veg patch

Edward walked us around some of his smallholding, showing us the vegetable plot they have in the garden and the field they own a short distance away. The field¬† is divided into 10 compartments including an orchard, a few ‘coppicettes’ (small areas of coppiced hazel), a section of biomass willow, some basketry willow, and their traditional hay meadows full of lovely meadowsweet, hay rattle and other traditional hay plants … all loved by the mill’s bees!

in amongst the ash trees

in the field

Before lunch we all had the chance to use Edward’s scythes along the lane – great fun, quick and much more sociable than a noisy strimmer!

scything!

If you would like to know about the group’s projects or would like to host a meeting please contact tsl.food[at]gmail[dot]com.

May Transition Living – build a bike trailer

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The plan for the Transition Living workshop in May is to build a bike trailer for the Abundance group.

We’ve got some plans from a chap who’s designed trailers to be made out of bamboo for developing countries, check out this webpage for his full story www.carryfreedom.com/bamboo, its a nice story! He gives the plans to anyone who asks as long as they send him photos of the finished product being used for his website, so bring your bike along, take the trailer for a spin and we’ll get some good pics.

Bamboo is all well and good in some parts of the world, but we’re not keen on it growing in Cumbria, especially when historically this area has had huge amounts of native coppice woodland. So we’re gonna make our bike trailer out of locally coppiced wood and recycled materials.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the URC hall on Tuesday 11th May, 7pm-9pm, £3. Please book your place by emailing tsl.abundance[at]gmail.com or call 01539 822165.

Transition coppicing day

Saturday, March 27th, 2010
On Sunday 14th March, Edward Acland hosted a coppicing day at Oaks Wood, near Burneside. It was a beautiful sunny day so lots of people turned out, what better way to spend the day than learning new skills and meeting new friends in the wood.
Everyone had the ch ance to learn about Edward’s traditional approach to coppicing and woodland management, using only hand tools such as the bill hook, crosscut saw, drawknife and froe.
Edward demonstrated how to use a shavehorse, drawknife and rounder to make joints for chairs, gates and hurdles while Romola gave a tour of the woodland with a bit of its history and ecology thrown in.