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JULY NEWSLETTER
Pest reporting
Oak processionary moths (OPM) have been reported on trees imported from the Netherlands. OPM is an established pest in parts of London and surrounding areas, but the rest of the country is designated as a Protected Zone (PZ). The caterpillars pose a risk to human health and it is critical that they are reported using the Tree Alert online portal.

Iconic Oak
The latest issue of Wood Wise tells the story of oak – its role in British culture and as a haven for wildlife. But the UK's most beloved tree species faces many threats. And with hundreds of species dependent on oak, what would we do without it?

Yews – younger than they look
Yew trees are famously the most venerable trees in the British Isles, with a few, such as the Fortingall yew, thought to date back an incredible 4,000 years. Recent research, however, has disputed this, although yew trees retain their place as the oldest in the UK. The oldest is probably 'only' 2,000 years old - alive at the time of the Roman Conquest, but probably not during the Bronze Age. Full details can be read in the latest edition of the Quarterly Journal of Forestry on the Royal Forestry Society website.

Big Butterfly Count 2019 19 July–11 August
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Big Butterfly Count is back. Butterfly Conservation want to hear about the butterflies in your woods and gardens, simply by spending 15 minutes in a sunny spot and counting the number of different butterflies you see. Use their website or app to send in your sightings. Visit www.bigbutterflycount.org for more details, as well as the free app and ID charts.

Wildwood at Wakehurst 27-28 July
Celebrate the traditions, ecology, folklore and beauty of our native woodlands in the magnificent surroundings of Wakehurst Place. This is a great family week-end and a celebration of all things woody.
www.kew.org/wakehurst/whats-on/wild-wood

Charfest - Devon and Dorset Coppice Group, 10 August, Durweston, Dorset
Charfest is a rare opportunity to experience a traditional charcoal earthburn – thought to be the first to be run in Dorset in over 50 years. It will also demonstrate more modern forms of sustainable charcoal production and will showcase the important role that this ancient craft still plays in the woodland economy. More information here.

Don't let nature's music stop
Birdsong Radio is a free app that plays a relaxing stream of birdsong. It's a simple audio celebration of birdsong, with tracks for relaxation, wake-up calls and even work-outs. www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/campaigning/let-nature-sing
Woodland owners' benefits
A reminder that new owners who have purchased their wood from Woodlands.co.uk can take advantage of several offers in their first year of membership:
 • FREE membership of the
Royal Forestry Society
 • FREE use of Sylva's myForest premium mapping system
 • FREE subscription to
Living Woods Magazine
 • £300 towards woodland courses or workshops on any subject from chainsaw training to basketweaving.


Instagram
If you use Instagram, we would very much like to follow you from the Woodlands.co.uk Instagram account. Our account has lots of woodland images: follow
@woodlands.co.uk.
The Summer issue is available to download freeRed squirrels, timber framing, advice from the chief plant health officer, willow weaving, fabulous book reviews and much more!
Woodlands Awards 2019 
Last chance to enter!


Nominations close on 31 July – enter your favourite bloggers, photographs, contractors, and pets for these prestigious awards. There are 15 categories and great prizes to be won: www.woodlands.co.uk/awards.
SUMMER WOODFAIRS
SWOG and Woodlands will be at Stock Gaylard – drop by and say hello!
 
Timber Festival 5–7 July Feanedock, Derbyshire, National Forest
Kent County Show 5–7 July Maidstone, Kent
Opus Wood and Craft Fair 6-7 July Burrowbridge, Somerset
Great Yorkshire Show 9–11 July Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
Woodfest Country Show 12–14 July St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales

Strumpshaw Tree Fair 20–21 July Strumpshaw, Norfolk
Royal Welsh Show 22–25 July  Builth Wells, Wales
New Forest and Hampshire County Show 30 July–1 August  Brockenhurst, Hants
South Downs Show 17–18 Aug Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield, Hants
Wilderness Gathering 15–18 August West Knoyle, Wiltshire
Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 24–25 August Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Wychwood Forest Fair 1 September Charlbury, Oxfordshire
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