Butterfly conservation and its partners are doing great work by getting into our local woodlands, and they are currently working in Yewbarrow woods in Grange. However, in the long term, and as a community, could we bring back some of our traditional skills and manage it in a more traditional way? Making a long term commitment to managing our local woodlands for wildlife and productivity? Once again making and selling handmade products and raw materials whilst enhancing the woodlands for biodiversity. Re-learning old traditions and the use of traditional tools and devices. Would it be possible to create a team of local people to be wardens of Yewbarrow and other woodlands in Grange? We would still need help from organisations such as Butterfly conservation, Cumbria wildlife trust and their partners to facilitate some activities and support it in the future.
Butterfly conservation are back in Yewbarrow woods on the 10th March, but need volunteers to help with this vital work, so why not come along and help out and learn why they are doing this and how coppicing works. There will also be a green wood traditional skills demonstration where you can have a go with some traditional tools, such as an axe, drawknife and traditional devices too. So please come along and support them and learn what we can do for our local woodlands.
Tony Saunders, Hon. Reserve Manager, Brown Robin Nature Reserve