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We are hiring!

We are hiring!

PAID OPPORTUNITY – Make biodiversity your business! We are looking for a part time woodland maintenance worker to help out from the end of September 2021 to January 2022. We are a not for profit, family owned, Community Interest Company woodland, working with a...

Conservation Careers: Cheryl Duerden

Conservation Careers: Cheryl Duerden

The amazing Cheryl Duerden from In A Land of Giants talks us through her journey into conservation, from documenting the rainforests and reefs of South East Asia to coppicing in Southern England. We hear about the importance of protecting ancient trees and encouraging diversity in all its forms! 

Conservation Careers: Pete Etheridge

Conservation Careers: Pete Etheridge

We chat to Pete Etheridge, a woodsman and ecologist who objects to the name of this series because “I don’t really have a career as such; I’m just making it up as I go along!”. Pete talks us through working with the land while learning all that you can about it, along with the inspiration for his business, Wessex Woodland Services.

Woodland Workers: Kate Mobbs-Morgan

Woodland Workers: Kate Mobbs-Morgan

For our last interview with Woodland Workers, we chat to the brilliant Kate Mobbs-Morgan. Kate tells us more about working in horse logging, and why this traditional approach to timber extraction is still so important in forestry today.

Woodland Workers: Volker Schiller

Woodland Workers: Volker Schiller

Kicking off our series on Woodland Workers, we chat to Volker Schiller about his international forestry career. Volker has worked across the world, from Germany to Papa New Guinea, Namibia and Rwanda to Costa Rica and Mexico, over the the course of 4 decades. Now just 18 months from retirement, he shares some of his experience with us. 

A June Walk

by Alice West, June 6th 2020 Blue skies at 6am. Skip breakfast, where did I leave the car? Humming south, out of town along the Causeway, internally blessing Matthew, the ornithologist, as I pass his house. Round about, motorway bridge, sudden deep darkness in the...

Achieving minimum intervention management from a low (not quite rewilding)

High on the list of things Fritha and I have spoken about doing at Whitelands in the past few months is getting some trees in the ground, to replace the ash we are losing to ash-die-back (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus). Another thing on the ‘to do list’ that Frith asked me to do is a blog on minimum intervention management with links to my PhD for the Whiteland’s CIC blog, which is what you are reading (bear with me!).

Newsletter January 2020

Newsletter January 2020

Hello!A very happy new year to you all! We hope you have all had a restful winter, and are looking forward to the return of spring as much as we are. In between battling flooded tracks, strong winds and falling trees, we have been enjoying the first frosts as well as...

Spotlight on: Frank Spooner

Spotlight on: Frank Spooner

Whitelands works with a wide variety of people in all kinds of businesses. This diversity is what makes the project work. Frank Spooner runs Whitelands Saw Mill, and here he tells us a little more about his work...How do you work with the Whitelands Project...