Here in the UK we have a pretty active interest in traditional woodland crafts, and there is a revival of interest in maintaining our ancient woodlands. These traditionally were mixed product woodlands, with combinations of coppice crafts (both hazel and chestnuts) and for larger timber (frequently an Oak overstory in the same wood). Much of the woodland was in the hands of the Forestry Commission and other large landowners. More recently these lands have been sold and broken down into smaller woodlands suitable for individuals to buy and use. There are still very restrictive rules about building, and it is essentially impossible to get permission to live in your woods. This is a good thing in our over crowded country as the woods would otherwise be swiftly destroyed by development.
Anyway, all of this is leading to me to talk about Woodlands TV - a series of videos, most of them instructional, aimed at the new community of woodland owners looking at exploring these crafts. I believe that they are produced by one of the companies that buys the large woods and portions them up into smaller, more easily managed, packages for resale. They are freely available on Youtube, and direct from their website.
I love woodlands TV!
Their website also has good info on caring for and using woodland and you can buy woodlands there too if anyone is interested in land prices in the UK (that you can't even live on)
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