Right, so back to the World Heritage Site Status and the woodlands... The Lake District is full of beautiful ancient woodlands - these days we visit them for peace and quiet but in the past they would have been a hive of activity with coppicing, charcoal making and bobbin making. Woods are perfect in the summer for keeping you in the shade and, if it's raining, they keep the rain off you too. There are some stunning bluebell woods that you really should get out and see - these are 2 of my favourites:
|Barkbooth Lot (Near Bowness)|
|Dorothy Farrers Spring Wood (Kentmere)|
In an effort to learn more about the woodlands around us we've joined "Spooniversity" - a group that meets once a month in Brown Robin Nature Reserve (behind the Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over-Sands) where we learn about trees, wildlife and woodland management. At the same time we also learn how to make spoons, bowls and, occasionally, reindeer using traditional woodworking tools and methods.
There's something quite special about using a utensil you've made yourself from scratch. Today we attempted reindeer...
|How they were meant to look...|
The ancient woodlands need to be managed and protected and gaining World Heritage Site Status will enable us to do that much better. And if you fancy joining spoon club, drop me a line - we always love to see new faces!
To learn more about the bid and to register your support with just one click (honestly, just one click, no email address needed or anything) please visit the World Heritage Bid site here.
To go back to day 1 of the advent calendar please click here.