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A good place to start your journey thru' this site. Dates available throughout the year on use of the polelathe and associated tools Part of the Greenwood Worker Group at Amberley museum Some interesting links. Not all related to wood! An annual Classic Land Rover Event at Amberley Museum

 

 

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The Coppice Group at Amberley Museum (established December 2016)

In association with the Greenwood Worker Group Based in the Museum Greenwood Village

The coppice group manage the flora at the museum and this improves the accessibility of the site for the other groups on site and also the visiting public. Looking after the trees and shrubs etc, helps promote a safe environment and encourages a diverse collection of wild life and rare plants. Another by product of this is to provide wood for the various group's on site, that need it, to demonstrate their craft/s to the visiting public. This means any wood that has to be managed by major work or coppicing can be recycled into a usual item and not just burnt. The carbon footprint of the Museum is therefore reduced by this interaction.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with this useful work. It is a healthy group activity and gives you the opportunity to learn the different methods by which the natural woodlands can be managed. Plus the bonus of becoming involved if you wish with different crafts, hedge laying, dead hedging, coppicing and pollarding. You may also wish to take up in addition, demonstrating using the wood you have cut, on the polelathe, making hurdles, wooden rakes etc. All tools are provided plus safety equipment and a full briefing on correct use. You can always pop in by appointment and have look first.

You can get details of how to volunteer by contacting the Museum direct by email on office@amberleymuseum.co.uk and saying you wish to become a volunteer or contact Colin (team leader) - Contact - who will be pleased to give you more information on how you can become involved in this group and/or the greenwood workers. Any tuition and advise will be given on the job.

Photos of work being undertaken
January 2017 activities and work to do
Some of the group : Colin, John, Ian and Richard. Checking for dead falls and trees that need managing Some of the trees will need reducing and clearly the ivy will have to be trimmed back so the tops can be seen This tree is in urgent need of reducing as it could pose a danger to a Museum structure

Chairman Trustees and active volunteer John discussing with team leader Colin, the best way to deal with the issues regarding the tree management on site Ian and Richard hard at work felling and snedding some of the Birch that needed to be felled due to rot. These could have caused safety issues if not dealt with. Also Debbie making sure brush pile in compacted. Logs and trimmings neatly piled up ready to be removed to the Museum woodyard. They and any wood cut by the coppice group will be used on the site by various groups or site services and will not be wasted.
Jim and Colin posing whilst Ian gets on with work! A frosty misty morning finishing the Birch tree management work Hoar frost on the trees
Another pile to be taken to woodyard Ian felling a rotten Birch, in car park. Controlled felling rather than having it hit a car! Birch in abundance as can be seen from the Ranger bridge on main site
Holding rope to maintain a pull this ensures tree will fall against the slight wind Coming down into the selected position Trimming the brash ready for burning
Some trimming of the small trees in car park Logging up the ash for use during the season to demonstrate crafts in the Greenwood Village Maintaining a good fire safely
Tree over shop will need some work Cutting back and tidying bank on pedestrian walkway to Museum. But importantly leaving the roots systems and ivy to maintain the integrity of the bank Colin team leader, John our tree advisor and Debbie Heritage Learning Officer, Amberley Museum
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Lower nature trail

     
Job still to do, to tidy the Birch glade off the nature trail. Full of rotten wood lying around and weakened trees The old Bodgers hovel built 2006 by Mike and Colin. Needs to come down before it falls down. This area will be part of the new 'Forest School' project to be lead by Debbie the Museum 'Heritage Learning Officer' Colins' original lathe built circa 1998
WORK DAY
The hovel in the 'Bodgers Glade' was constructed by Colin Wells (aka Amberley Bodger) and Mike Gordon. More pictures on the Archive page
colin next to first A frame in glade the bodgers hovel in the glade
Colin 2006 first posts up Hovel being constructed 2006 Completed
Note how in eleven years the fauna has grown up the banking. The \ash tree, on the bank, donated half its baulk to the project
Clearing the site Colin 2017 ready to pull down the hovel Burning the remains
THE BIRCH GLADE