Woodland Experiences

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ENJOY OUR BEAUTIFUL WOODLAND

MONMOUTHSHIRE

Woodland Experiences

We love the great outdoors and especially our beautiful woodlands. With only 13% of our landmass covered by woods we took the opportunity to take on a piece of woodland when we purchased Honeysuckle Wood.

Our objective was to preserve some of the great Oaks in our wood and promote biodiversity by opening up the woodland canopy to increase flowers. By increasing the diversity of plant life we can have a positive effect on insects, birds and a whole range of wildlife.

The woodland is also a place of natural beauty where working the land has a positive effect on your health and time spent in the woods has been proved to increase personal wellbeing. Being in a woodland promotes relaxation and a connection with nature promotes an interest in care and preservation for future generations.

There is a financial impact on trying to manage the wood though. Our wood was formerly part of the Raglan estate and has been stood for many years. previously open areas that would have been flooded with wild flowers have become clogged with dense brambles and the woodland floor was dark and covered with fallen trees. it takes time, equipment and money to be able to work to resolve this. So as part of a solution to this we are offering woodland experiences. These experiences provide you an opportunity to help promote the biodiversity of our woodland and experience what the Japanese refer to as Forest Bathing.

So if you wish to experience some time in the wood for mindfulness or want to come and help improve a section of the woodland environment please pop us a message and we can suggest some ideas or let us know what you are after.

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The shelter for our souls

Our shelter has been a blessing. It has provided us with somewhere to escape the rain, a place to host friends and feed family. The deck was a last minute addition but has also been surprisingly useful and with the amazing summer sunshine this year has almost felt tropical at times. Building a shelter has […]

After a long dry summer the rain has arrived

We have had an amazing summer in the woods. It has been so easy to be outside, lighting the fire only to cook and being glad to be under canvass and the dappled shade of the tree canopy. You realise exactly how much we take water for granted in the UK especially when you are […]

Autumn arrives

Autumn has really taken hold in the woodland now. Almost all the leaves have fallen and a carpet of burnt orange covers the floor. The weather is still dry enough that the leaves crackle beneath your feet and fly into the air if you scuff them up as you walk. The dogs tennis ball is […]

Getting going with a plug-in hybrid

After a lot of reading and working out the finances we have decided that it is really time to get greener on our journeys in and out of the woods. It seemed silly that we have a desire to take on a piece of woodland and promote bio-diversity and all the other aspects of engaging […]

What should you do first in your Woodland?

Paths, paths, paths. A great piece of advice we first received when we met the manager of the woodland company was to establish your paths first and after a 18 months that advice still rings true. It might seem obvious but without good paths you can’t access or enjoy the space you have been lucky […]

My temporary Pallet bridge has collapsed

Well let’s be honest the Pallet that I placed over the stream was never going to last forever. It has remarkably been in place for a whole year though and the mower and trailer have been backwards and forwards dozens of times. But it has finally given up so it is time to build a […]