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Linking woodlands

- AONB Manager Iain Porter finds out more

Iain Porter

Posted by Iain Porter on 25 June 2012

Linking woodlands Last night I attended the launch of the Somerset Woodland Association. The idea behind the project is to link woodland owners so that they can swap ideas, advice and work collaboratively on woodland management.  It will also link woodland contractors and workers supporting local businesses working in our local woodlands.

There were two very inspiring speakers at the evening, Martin Maudsley talked eloqently about the social value of woods, he spoke about his work in encouraging young people to play and connect with woodlands. Tim Gatfield is the owner and director of  Cheery Wood Project, a small woodland which is used as a base for providing green woodworking training. Both speakers gave a fascinating flavour of what can be achieved, even in small woodlands. 


The association is has been created by the Western Somerset Woodland Project which is run by FWAG SW. Supported by the AONB Service and funded through Western Somerset LARC the project aims to provide opportunities for small woodland owners to work collaboratively through free woodland advice visits and support. Please contact Louise Kennedy at FWAG SW .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

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    29 Jul 12

    I would like to add my support for a cycle path/walkway from Bishops Lydeard to Taunton and Cotford St. Luke.  As a cylcist and dogwalker the cycle path is long overdue and would benefit several groups of people.

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