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The Granary Arts Collective – The Bee Fiesta

The Granary Arts Collective – The Bee Fiesta

Local band Monkeys Fist playing in the Granary on the 28th September.The Bee Fiesta on the 28th September at the Granary Arts Collective was exactly the kind of event that makes the place unique. The Granary is a bubbling, boiling, mixing pot of people, from poets,...

Spotlight on: Elsa Donovan

Spotlight on: Elsa Donovan

Whitelands works with a wide variety of people in all kinds of businesses. This diversity is what makes the project work. Elsa Donovan runs children's holiday clubs and school trips at the wood, and here she tells us a little more about her work... See Elsa's...

Arbsystem: Sharing a love of trees

Arbsystem: Sharing a love of trees

On Saturday 18th May, Gillon Laidlaw and Ross Fountain joined local families at the Whitelands Project to talk about working with trees. The group were all treated to a brief talk on woodland ecology, descriptions of life in the industry, and lastly a demonstration of...

A New Resident

A New Resident

Whitelands Species Spotlight! A guest blog by Eleanor Hampson. Polecat prints, found by our volunteer Matt Dell.There is an exciting new resident at Whitelands. Our ink traps have revealed consistent polecat footprints throughout April and we are delighted. Our...

Landscape and Livelihood

Landscape and Livelihood

My Dad was responsible for planting 30,000 trees. He would point them out as we drove across the county; along motorway verges, nearby villages, estates, hillsides. Once, I took him to help on a survey, one of my first as a young professional ecologist; I was excited...

Arbsystem comes to Whitelands

Arbsystem comes to Whitelands

On the 18th May we will be hosting an open afternoon to talk about careers in forestry and arboriculture. Gillon Laidlaw, of Arbsystem, will be giving a talk and a demonstration, for children of all ages. We are really excited to be hosting the first ever "Careers in...

Community Interest

Community Interest

The Whitelands Project is a officially a Community Interest Company, registered as of the 22nd March 2019! "A social enterprise looking to improve the habitat of Whitelands Wood, through collaborating with local small businesses...We provide a platform for...

Hannah and the London Marathon

Hannah and the London Marathon

The Whitelands Project is beginning to establish itself as a social enterprise, with the aim of supporting local business alongside biodiversity, and education with ecological understanding. We will be doing everything we currently do but more so, with more people and...

Wildlife Monitoring Volunteers Needed

Wildlife Monitoring Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in ecology and conservation? Looking for experience in wildlife survey techniques and ecological monitoring?The Whitelands Project is looking for a few local volunteers (ages 16+) to help out over spring and summer. This opportunity would be perfect...

2018

2018

A lot has changed this year. The new campIts been just over six months since I took over management, and in that time I have learned a huge amount- from budgeting to chainsaw maintenance, risk assessments to butterfly ID. I’ve done a plenty of things I never expected...