Knighton Tree Allotments Trust
Knighton Tree Allotments Trust is a group of volunteers who manage woodlands for the benefit of wildlife and our members. We come together to share and learn woodland skills. We aim to manage woodland sustainably and to allow our members access to affordable woodland products – such as firewood and timber.
We go out to local woodlands one day a week, usually alternating between Thursdays and Sundays, and volunteers choose how much of the day to stay for. Volunteers work at their own pace and KTAT provides all the tools and training needed. So come and learn new skills while helping local wildlife.
It is a common misconception that unmanaged woodland is best for wildlife. In fact, by managing the woodland through traditional practices such as coppicing, we increase the variety of habitats and increase the richness of wildlife. In ensuring that the trees that we fell for fuel or timber are replaced with new plants, we are creating a sustainable supply of woodland products.
In sustainably growing firewood and other woodland products we can meet some of our fuel and food needs as well as reducing our carbon footprints. At the same time we are joining co-operatively with other local people to enjoy, conserve and enrich our local environment.
We are currently working in two woodlands: at the Samatha Trust in Llangunllo and at Castlering Wood in Beggar’s Bush.
As we go into spring our activity will depend on how far the sap has risen. If it is a late spring we will probably be coppicing; if the sap has risen we will probably be cutting cordwood into logs.
Tool maintenance. Looking after KTAT’s tools and the shed they are kept in. Activities will include applying eco-friendly waterproofing to our shed and sharpening and oiling tools.
For more information on the workdays, and to find out how to join in, please contact Gary Cowell. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01547 520374.