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Ash
Ash
Beech bud
Beech bud
Birch bud
Birch bud
Blackthorn & Sloes
Blackthorn & Sloes
Cherry
Cherry
Dogwood
Dogwood
Guelder Rose
Guelder Rose
Hawthorn bud
Hawthorn bud
Hazel
Hazel
Hornbeam
Hornbeam
Oak bud
Oak bud
Oak
Oak
Rowan bud
Rowan bud
Sea Buckthorn
Sea Buckthorn
Silver Birch
Silver Birch
Small Leaved Lime bud
Small Leaved Lime bud
Alder bud
Alder bud
Ash bud
Ash bud
Beech
Beech
Birch bark
Birch bark
Blackthorn flower
Blackthorn flower
Cherry bud
Cherry bud
Elder
Elder
Field Maple
Field Maple
Hawthorn
Hawthorn
Hazel in flower
Hazel in flower
Horse Chestnut bud
Horse Chestnut bud
Rowan
Rowan
Sweet Chestnut
Sweet Chestnut
Sycamore
Sycamore
Wayfaring Tree bud
Wayfaring Tree bud
Wayfaring Tree
Wayfaring Tree
Whitebeam bud
Whitebeam bud
Elder
Elder
Field Maple
Field Maple
Hazel
Hazel
Hornbeam
Hornbeam
Sweet Chestnut
Sweet Chestnut
Sycamore
Sycamore
Alder leaf opening
Alder leaf opening
Ash flower
Ash flower
Cherry blossom
Cherry blossom
Holly
Holly
Poplar
Poplar
Sycamore in spring
Sycamore in spring
Crab Apple
Crab Apple
Rowan in flower
Rowan in flower
Lime leaves
Lime leaves
Alder catkin
Alder catkin
Crab Apple
Crab Apple
Elderberries
Elderberries
Haws
Haws
Hazel nuts
Hazel nuts
Oak acorns
Oak acorns
Plum
Plum
Rowan berries
Rowan berries
Walnut
Walnut
Whitebeam
Whitebeam
Whitebeam
Whitebeam
Spindle
Spindle
Sweet Chestnut leaf
Sweet Chestnut leaf
Alder buds
Alder buds
Ash buds
Ash buds
Birch buds
Birch buds
Blackthorn buds
Blackthorn buds
Dogwood buds
Dogwood buds
Elder buds
Elder buds
Field maple buds
Field maple buds
Goat willow buds
Goat willow buds
Hawthorn buds
Hawthorn buds
Hazel flowers
Hazel flowers
Hornbeam buds (
Hornbeam buds (
Lime buds
Lime buds
Norway maple buds
Norway maple buds
Oak buds
Oak buds
Sweet chestnut buds
Sweet chestnut buds
Sycamore buds
Sycamore buds
Wayfaring Tree bud
Wayfaring Tree bud
Whitebeam buds
Whitebeam buds
Wild cherry buds
Wild cherry buds

Broadleaf trees in our woodland

There are around 50 species of broadleaf trees native to the British Isles.  We’re fortunate to have about 20 of them present in the ancient woodland we run our courses from.  Broadleaf trees are a fantastic, renewable resource and provide the materials for many of our activities.  These include hazel for pot hangers, birch for carving, some of the best tinder and kindling nature has to offer, as well as good wood for fire by friction, ash for turning on our pole lathes, hornbeam for beetles, sycamore for carving and fire by friction, whitebeam, hawthorn wild cherry and blackthorn for their fruits, sweet chestnut (OK, naturalised and not native!) for our building materials and bark weaving, elder for the flowers and berries, and on it goes!

We have a woodland management plan in place to ensure that what we do has a positive effect on the trees and associated flora and fauna.  We have a moral duty to ensure that we look after where we work.  We want future generations to enjoy the woodland as much as we do.

The woodland was damaged in the hurricane of 1987 and has made an astonishing recovery, but some areas still need a helping hand, which we do with a group of volunteers over the winter months.

You can view loads of photos taken on our bushcraft, wilderness, and woodland skills courses on our Facebook page.