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Make 2015 your year to learn traditional woodland skills

Do you fancy learning a new skill? Would you like to discover more about your local woodlands? The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is running a Woodland Heritage Conservation Day on Saturday 31st October, which is free for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

This drop-in event will be held between 10am-4pm at Grimeshaw Wood, Essendyke Road, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8JD. No experience is needed and all tools are provided.

Visitors will have the opportunity to discover how local woodlands are managed, and learn new skills such as coppicing. This traditional method of woodland management has been used for hundreds of years and serves several purposes.

“Coppicing creates multiple smaller trunks, providing more wood in a size that it is easier to handle and use,” explains PECT’s Matthew Robinson. “The ground around the stump also benefits from an increase in sunlight, encouraging the growth of seeds and causing new plants to appear for greater biodiversity.”

On this day visitors will also be able to buy firewood, produced sustainably from local woodlands by the project volunteers. This activity contributes to a circular economy by converting woodland waste into craft products and firewood.

Soup will be provided at this event. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. For more information, call Matthew Robinson on 01733 568408 or 07736 308475 or visit