Monthly Archives: October 2012

Rediscovering the value in hedges – Hedge event 1st November

Stourtown Farm provides an outstanding example of hedges ‘farmed’ for their income and biodiversity resource.

A Devon Hedge week event on Thurs. 1st November 2012
at Stourtown Farm, Sampford Spiney, PL20 6LD
Farmers, landowners, community groups and people with woodburners can all work together to manage hedges as a good source of firewood and income! You can save hedge-trimming time, harvest firewood, help wildlife and keep fit.
Come and find out more!

This is a free drop in event between 10:00 and 16:00. The programme for the day can be found below.
If you’re thinking of coming along you can always let us know! Email or call kate.royston@robbeesmole.com on 01822-835819 or 07969-569-444.
Download the flyer and programme here

Homemade soup, hot drinks and cakes available through the day.
No dogs please! And we recommend wellies or walking boots if possible

The day will include:
Demonstrations
o Hedge cutting and laying
o Wood fuel preparation
o Hedge surveying
o Hedge planting and stone walling techniques

Farmerslearn more about:
o How much income wood sales can generate
o Improving hedgerow management
o Latest advice & research on the benefits of field boundaries
o Hedge management practices in France
See:
o Hedge management for income in action
o New tools to estimate hedge woodfuel potential
o Different types of hedges and management

Wood Fuel Userslearn more about:
o How to prepare wood for fuel
o Forming a small community group to ‘farm’ your own wood
o Starter kits and support available
o Different types of wood and their burning properties

Enthusiastslearn more about:
o The value of hedges as a biodiversity, cultural, landscape and historical resource
o How to recognise hedge types and species

The programme with the timing of events through the day:
1000-1100
Setting the scene: find out more about community woodfuel groups, woodfuel farm audits, hedgerow management practices and the biodiversity and historic value of our historic hedges. Talk to our experts, look at wood samples and browse our displays
1100-1230
Demonstration sessions: experience hedge laying, felling, cutting and planting methods and hedgebank building and restoration at close quarters. Take part in hedge surveys and wood fuel audits

1230-1330
Lunch: soup, rolls, cake and hot drinks will be available in the gazebo (donations appreciated). Take another opportunity to talk to our experts over lunch!

1330-1430
Setting the scene: find out more about community woodfuel groups, woodfuel farm audits, hedgerow management practices and the biodiversity and historic value of our historic hedges. Talk to our experts, look at wood samples and browse our displays
1430-1530
Demonstration sessions: experience hedge laying, felling, cutting and planting methods and hedgebank building and restoration at close quarters. Take part in hedge surveys and wood fuel audits

A partnership event between Dartmoor Circle, the Cordiale project* (Tamar Valley AONB) and Silvanus Trust hosted by Transition Tavistock and Stourtown Farm.

* Cordiale was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF

Saturday 1st September – Community Roadshow

September 1st and Transition Tavistock joined in the Community Roadshow in Bedford Square. It was a rare but beautiful sunny day and attracted visitors from many places. The photos below show just some of the drawing entries from children in local schools. It was good to see such enthusiastic and knowledgeable children who after all will be most affected by climate change and hold the future in their hands

A view through the stand with two artists at work.
Two charming artists.

“Turn of the light when not in the room” by Sharon Turner
First Garden Design – Eloise Aged 4
“Saving Energy” by Jodie Aged 9
“Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” by Dylan T
“Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” by Briony Aged 10

Apologies to the two vocalists that sung the “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” song. Untill we learn how or even if its possible, we cannot add sound files to this blog. Next time it will need to be a video.