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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...

The Barn

The Barn

The Whitelands Project's next big project, as explained by Fritha West, Woodland Manager.As some of you may know, my aim this year is to complete construction of the eco-build barn that Dad began within the wood. Those of you who have walked up that way will remember...

A Summer Update

A Summer Update

This summer has been a busy one so far!We had our first official Whitelands Work Party at the end of July, perfectly timed during the only rain storm we have had for weeks. Volunteers were determined and managed to have a good time despite the extreme wet- and we got...

Whitelands Wildlife

Whitelands Wildlife

Whitelands provides a home for many species, and the diversity is always increasing. This summer has been one of the best for wildlife watching, and so which inspired us to create a brief summary of our regular inhabitants.Butterflies and MothsA hawk-moth caterpillar...

Keeping Momentum

Keeping Momentum

It has been a difficult month, but there has been no shortage of things to keep us occupied. In the past few weeks we have welcomed kids groups in the wood (with Club Morgan and Ranger Days), reinstated ornithological surveying on site, built a new campsite, arranged...

Bad News

Bad News

On the 16th of April we lost our principal, Jonathan West, due to complications following a concussion sustained while working in the wood. It has been a very difficult time for both the Project itself and the West family.But we will all try hard to continue his...

Horse Logging

Horse Logging

Horse logging is a lower impact, environmental and traditional method of timber extraction.Working in association with Rowan Working Horses we recently extracted timber from Priors Hill Copse community owned woodland, provided an educational day for Castle...

Our Biggest Building Project

Our biggest building project so far is the construction of a red cedar timber build in Petersfield. The project has been ongoing since 2010, developing along with the Whitelands Project itself.Constructed from trees planted in 1957, when the majority of the woodland...

60th Birthdays

1957 was the birth year of the principal of the Whitelands Project, Jonathan, and it was also the year that the red cedar plantation of Whitelands Copse began. As the two shared the same birthday, we thought it was time for a celebration- welcoming just under just...