Author Archives: mikee2013

Bagging the black stuff

Energetic  morning bagging up charcoal with Martin . 20 big bags and a builders bag of bio char.         Afternoon with Ferryside school making charcoal in a biscuit tin.  Used a barbecue grill to heat a tin full of … Continue reading

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Spring Time in the Woods

Exciting times, flowers aplenty and blue skies and sunny days at least now and then. We have been working hard on the growing spaces with carrots, onion sets, garlic and shallots planted. The Hugel mound has beans, beetroot and even … Continue reading

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Charcoal Making Course in Ferryside Woodland. 2nd and 3rd May.

PLEASE SHARE DETAILS ABOUT THIS COURSE ON YOUR OWN NETWORK. A BIG THANK YOU! CHARCOAL MAKING IN A SUSTAINABLE WOODLAND VENUE: COED PANTEG WOODLAND OUTSIDE FERRYSIDE ON THE CARMARTHEN ROAD. WHEN:  Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3rd May.  10 … Continue reading

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Already 2015

Already 2015 and not a blog post on line. Just invited Andy, Lucy, Mary and Martin to contribute posts- talk to me if you would like to contribute. Coppicing weekend went well in February and March.A few pics from the … Continue reading

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Ferryside VC Primary school visit Coed Panteg Woodland

Had to share some lovely letters and photographs from the Y5 and Y6 pupils of Ferryside School. They visited the woodland about a week ago accompanied by their teacher Mrs Howells and their assistant teacher. They behaved impeccably. Polite, courteous and … Continue reading

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Mushrooming

Lucky enough to recently  entertain a group of Year 5 and year 6 children from Ferryside V.C Primary School  who visited our woodland for a science/environment lesson accompanied by their teacher and classroom assistant. A joy to share the delight of the children … Continue reading

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You tube video. Charcoal making in Coed Panteg

Menter Cwm Gwendraeth – Charcoal Project Thought you might like to see this short video about the charcoal making course held in Coed Panteg woods, filmed by the excellent Zero Carbon officer Paul Thomas. The course was led by Martin and every … Continue reading

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Ace update

Apologies for the long silence – a thousand reasons not to write but all come back to  one cause- extreme laziness! Casey is back for a few days and we recently paid a visit to the hillside to pick crops and … Continue reading

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Taking the lid off the kiln

Just got back from Coed Panteg. Went down with Lucy, Nicola ,Jim and Dave to open up the kiln and if possible bag up  charcoal. Open sesame. Looking good! Although at first glance it looked good with about 50 % charcoal production … Continue reading

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Charcoal making using the 6′ kiln

Second day of the course and Martin fired up the carefully stacked kiln. We retreat behind flimsy tape! After a while the burn got going thanks to a pair of paraffin soaked trousers and dry kindling in the middle of … Continue reading

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