Work days this winter – interested in helping out?

Blackbark are starting their new woodland (ad)venture this winter and would appreciate your help to get things going. We’re based in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden and have several sites around the Calder Valley and beyond. Our aims are to promote regenerative woodland management, establish coppices, share knowledge and skills, produce useful products and fuel and provide a living for ourselves and eventually apprentices.

Below are the work weeks we’ve booked in our diaries and we’d love it if you could come over for any of them to lend us a hand.

The detailed work scheme will be improvised depending on weather conditions, amount of volunteers on hand, how the work program is going so I can’t be too specific, but the work will generally be establishing coppice in existing woodlands – some youngish plantations, some more mature woods. So you can look forward to tool maintenance, felling, dressing, sorting, carrying, stacking and splitting wood, moving and planting saplings, layering hazel and also building deer fences.

Nutclough Housing Co-op can provide accommodation, a kitchen and shower, shared evening meals and Blackbark can arrange all travel to sites and tools.

Unfortunately we cannot afford to cover any of your costs, (i.e chip in for food) but you will gain great experience in woodland management, learn stuff, meet some really cool people and generally have a lovely time in Calderdale making a lasting difference to our area’s future resilience. We also have some great pubs in town!

Please let me (Keith) know as soon as you can if you are able to come to any of the work days/weeks to help us plan work schedules, food and transport needs.

You will need to bring waterproof outdoor winter gear.

Hope to see you in the woods.

Keith 07733 784795

Workdays : 2011-2012

Oct 17th – 21st

Nov 7th – 11th

Nov 14th – 18th

Nov 28th – Dec 2nd

Dec 5th – 9th

Jan 2nd -6th

Jan 16th – 20th

Feb 6th – 10th

Feb 20th – 24th

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