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.  Knighton Tree Allotments Trust is a separately constituted organisation that grew from TVEG.

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.

For more information here is our current leaflet explaining KTAT  KTAT Promotional Leaflet

Our current work programme

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.  For more information on the workdays, and to find out how to join in, please contact Gary Cowell.  Email: woodland@tveg.org.uk  Tel: 01547 520374.

Thursday 2nd February – 9.15am to approximately 2.30pm
Coppicing of hazel trees in a young woodland.  We are also thinning birch trees to favour oak, rowan, beech and ash.
 
Sunday 12th February – 9.30am to approximately 2.30pm
Coppicing of hazel trees in a young woodland.  We are also thinning birch trees to favour oak, rowan, beech and ash.
 
Thursday 16th February – 9.15am to approximately 2.30pm
Tree planting to re-establish a hedgerow plus finishing and covering cordwood stacks.
 
Friday 17th February – 9.15am to approximately 2.30pm
Potentially an additional workday.
 
Sunday 26th February – 9.30am to approximately 2.30pm
Coppicing of hazel trees in a young woodland.  We are also thinning birch trees to favour oak, rowan, beech and ash.
 
Thursday 2nd March – 9.15am to approximately 2.30pm
Coppicing of hazel trees in a young woodland.  We are also thinning birch trees to favour oak, rowan, beech and ash.
 
Sunday 12th March – 9.30am to approximately 2.30pm
Coppicing of hazel trees in a young woodland.  We are also thinning birch trees to favour oak, rowan, beech and ash.
 
Thursday 16th March – 9.15am to approximately 2.30pm
Coppicing of hazel trees in a young woodland.  We are also thinning birch trees to favour oak, rowan, beech and ash.
 
Sunday 26th March – 9.30am to approximately 2.30pm
Activity to be confirmed.  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.
 
Thursday 30th March – 9.15am to approximately 2.30pm – to be confirmed
We need to break our usual alternating Thursday / Sunday pattern at this point to allow access to one of our sites without disturbing the other woodland users.  If it is a late spring and we still have coppicing to do we will coppice; if the sap has risen we might be cutting cordwood into logs.  If we are on top of all our work then this ‘extra’ workday might not be needed at all!
 
Sunday 2nd April – 9.30am to approximately 2.30pm
Moving a stack of cordwood out of a woodland down to the track at the edge.  The cordwood will then be cut into logs, stacked and covered.
 
Thursday 6th April – 9.15am to approximately 2.30pm
Weeding around young trees to make sure that grass, bracken, etc., do not take water and nutrients from the trees.  We will also finish any cutting that was not completed on the 2nd April.
 
Sunday 16th April – No workday as it is Easter weekend
 
Thursday 20th April – 9.15am to approximately 12.30pm – please note shorter day
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: woodland@tveg.org.uk Tel: 01547 520374.

Ways to get involved…

We are always looking for people who would like to learn about woodland management and ecology.  Volunteering is a great way to meet like-minded people. You can get plenty of fresh air and exercise while learning new skills.  We need help with hands-on woodland management such as tree planting and firewood processing, regular flora and fauna surveys and administrative tasks.  If you would like to register as a volunteer please use the form below.  Once you have registered as a volunteer you will receive regular emails about forthcoming workdays and other KTAT events. Volunteer Registration Form

You could also join KTAT as a Member. When you become a member you get a say in how the Trust is run; you can help decide the policies that guide how we operate.  You’ll also become part of an active community of like-minded people who are working towards sustainable development.  And that’s not all.  You can attend members’ meetings, such as our AGM, where you can raise issues that are important to you and find out more about how the Trust is doing.  Plus, you can vote for someone to represent your views as a Trustee.  And if you fancy it, you can even stand for election yourself as a Trustee – it’s a great chance to represent your fellow members.   Membership costs just £10 a year.  KTAT Membership Form

More about Knighton Tree Allotments Trust

To find out more about our local woodland activities take a look at our annual newsletter, produced in the Spring of each year.  The latest (2016) Newsletter can be found here: Newsletter April 2016

We also have the previous annual newsletters that will let you know how we have grown and changed as an organisation over the last 5 years: Newsletter April 2015  Newsletter March 2014    Newsletter April 2013  Newsletter April 2012

There are a number of other documents of interest that we have had a role in producing:

A Landowner’s tips for voluntary woodland organisations

Understanding Woodland Management

Managing Woodlands for added value

Processing and Stacking Firewood

Woodlands Appeal

We recognise the local need to provide wood for fuel and other woodland products, whilst maintaining healthy vibrant woodlands for wildlife and ensuring biodiversity for future generations.  We aim to provide the woodlands our community needs for a sustainable future and are now looking for land and woodlands to lease or manage, preferably within a 9 mile radius of Knighton, though we will consider further afield.

Please contact Gary at woodland@tveg.org.uk  or tel. 01547 520374 if you have any land that might be suitable.

Running KTAT

We currently have five Trustees who have taken on various responsibilities: Angie Zelter (Secretary), Camilla Saunders, Jamie Ritchie, Kate Maclean and Jo Arponen.  The Trustees are supported in their work by a part-time Co-ordinator who leads the woodland workdays and helps with the administration of the organisation.

We are always keen to hear from people who have relevant skills and experience that they would like to offer KTAT, perhaps by becoming a Trustee.  If you feel that you can help us in the sustainable management of local woodlands for the benefit of wildlife and our members, please contact the Company Secretary, Angie Zelter on 01547 520929 or email woodland@tveg.org.uk

Each year we hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) where Members, Trustees and Volunteers come together to find out how the Trust is doing and to decide on our next steps.  Members of KTAT vote for the Trustees who make the day-to-day decisions on behalf of the Members.  Our AGM for 2016 was held on Thursday 5th May 2016 at the Offa’s Dyke Centre at 7.30pm and a report can be found here.

To find out what was discussed and decided at previous meetings please follow the links below.

Our AGM for 2015 was held on Thursday 16th April 2015 at Knighton Community Centre at 7.30pm and a report can be found here.

Our AGM for 2014 was held on Tuesday 25th March 2014 at the Offa’s Dyke Centre at 7.30pm and a report can be found here.

Our AGM for 2013 was held on Thursday 25th April 2013 at the Offa’s Dyke Centre at 7.30 p.m. and a report can be found here.

Knighton Tree Allotments Trust has the following aims and objectives:-

The objects for which the Trust is established are for the benefit of the public in and around Knighton and the Teme Valley, including the members of the Trust, so that they can plant and maintain woodlands to provide themselves with affordable access to firewood, fruit, nuts and other woodland products in a sustainable manner by:-

1. setting up a Model Tree Allotment where skills can be learnt and shared and where trees are planted wherever appropriate to produce a sustainable supply of woodland products, including firewood, fruit, nuts, and timber whilst encouraging biodiversity. The distribution of the woodland products from this Model Tree Allotment will go to all those directly involved in working and managing the Model Tree Allotment including those who are also Trustees or members of the Trust;
2. acquiring and providing affordable use of land for local people to grow their own firewood and woodland products by the setting up of Tree Allotments;
3. promoting education, skill-sharing and knowledge of woodland management, sustainable eco-systems, biodiversity, and related scientific and artistic endeavour;
4. managing all lands held by the Trust in a sustainable fashion, so as to enhance the diversity, productivity and beauty of the environment, in accordance with organic principles, for the benefit and happiness of present and future generations;
5. encouraging participation in all of the above activities of the Trust by the general public and specific interest groups of all ages, abilities and backgrounds;
6. acquiring lands whether freehold or leasehold, with or without buildings and fixtures, and of a character, size and location to be decided by the Trustees.

Please click on the link below for more information.  Knighton Tree Allotments Trust – Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Looking after Wildlife

Our aim is to “manage woodlands for the benefit of woldlife and our members”.  But how do we know that we are achieving this?  We carry out regular flora and fauna surveys, the results of which can be found here.

Greenstreete Bird Survey – April 2016

Greenstreete Bird Survey – Sept 2015    Greenstreete Bird Survey – June 2015

Baselines Flora and Fauna Surveys at Greenstreete 2013  Greenstreete Bird Survey November 2013  Greenstreete Bird Survey – May 2013   Greenstreete Moth Surveys 2013

Greenstreete Bird Survey – Dec 2012

Photographs

Photographs of some of the activities you can be part of by volunteering.

Lunch Break Log pile Clearing brash wood pile tea break Kate and Karen coppicing jamie and Sue coppicing Greg & Sarah splitting wood carrying pallets

Workday 23rd January 2014 (10) - compressed Trustees meeting on  8Jun2012 Stacking Sarah Jamie and Mick working at Weir Cottage 4Nov13 Milling Last Brash clearing session Axes & Bodgers Andy stacking Woodstore 21May14 door on Tod Bernard and Andy working away5 with certificates 4Nov13 Andy stacking Angie&Colin with saw Axes & Bodgers Kate and julie-Ann high pruning Last Brash clearing session Milling

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