Tom Tom Wood

Senior Ranger for the National Trust covering the estate around Castle Drogo, and Teign valley woods near Dunsford.

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SHAREing our experience in volunteering

Last week, volunteers from dartmoors Teign valley rangers and Castle Drogo gardeners took part in a volunteering exchange to Gelderland in Holland. This was undertaken as part of the Safeguarding Heritage and Rural Economies (SHARE) project which aims amongst other things to increase the use of and improve the management of volunteers to care for areas of...
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

For those of you off work and trying to keep warm, some snowy photos from Castle Drogo and the Teign Valley. Including the grumpy looking face of our Landrover this morning.  ...
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Feeling Blue?

  It’s that time of year again when the woods in the Teign Valley go blue, so for all of those of you sat inside looking out at the sunshine, some pictures of the Bluebells in Whiddon Deer Park Yesterday. Come see them for yourself. Enough said really.  ...
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A Cool Campout

This weekend we in the Teign Valley played host to the North Tawton Scout group who became the first people to sleep out overnight in our new Teepee, and on a chilly February night as well. Over the two days the scouts got involved with improving a small piece of young woodland, removing old tree tubes,...
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Pigs on the loose in the Teign Valley.

  Here are our pesky porkers as described by our new Rookie Ranger in his article this morning, having been rounded up in the gents loo at Fingle, here they are intheir new temporary home.        ...
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Adventures of a Rookie Ranger- more thoughts from our new recruit

Tuesday was a half day for me. Tom had a meeting so I went to my cousin’s in the afternoon. First thing we set up some dormouse tubes and I got stuck in a ditch full of Holly while trying to put one up. Then we took out some dog poo from the bin at Fingle Bridge it smelt...
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Our newest recruit

The thoughts of our newest team member, working with the Teign Valley rangers for part of his half term- more to come. Hi my name is Will Smart I am Tom Woods’ nephew (Tom is the Ranger for the Teign Valley) i’m 11 years old and go to Churchill academy in Somerset . Yesterday I helped measure out trees that we...
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Not too Crabby

For those of you not familiar with Whiddon Deer Park in the Teign Valley, one of it’s many marvellous attributes is this fine old Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris). It was admired by some of the leading members of the Ancient Tree Forum on their last visit to the Park. The tree is so large and...
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Wild Tribe returns for Christmas

                Hi Bloggers, Wild tribe (our regular family outdoor event) has been taking a break over winter, but returns for an Xmas special. On Saturady 10th December we will be running a seaaonal session at Fingle Bridge near Drewsteignton. The day will run from 10am until 3pm and will cost £4...
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In-Tents times

We in the Teign Valley get heavily involved with local village shows in order to showcase our work and meet people who we might not otherwise reach. In the last few weeks we have attended the Chagford show which is our largest and most important and the Lustleigh show which was the only show we...
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Dan’s Seat

Hi all, We have just finished installing the newest in our trail of legacy benches near Fingle Bridge in the Teign Valley. I hope that we have filled a gap in the line which allows people to enjoy a short walk from Fingle Bridge with regular resting points. The bench just requires a bit of...
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Paths, Picnics and Pubs

Now that summer is with us the vegetation begins to take over many of our footpaths, making some nearly impassable to all but the most thick skinned. It is at this time of year that we begin our annual round of path cutting to maintain the paths and provide good quality access around all of...
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Stuck in the Mud

                                  Thought I’d share this so you can see what lengths our teams go to for visitors to our property. Recently I helped Phil, ranger for the Parke estate at Bovey Tracy, install a pair of gates, one of...
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Setting the Benchmark.

I have posted before on the use of our own Oak for structures within the Teign Valley. Here is the latest example during creation, a memorial bench soon to join others near Fingle bridge. We like to keep our benchs rustic and in keeping with the landscape around them. The Oak used was felled  last...
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Charcoal Burning Event

Last weekend, whilst some were tramping across dartmoor from Tor to Tor, we in the Teign valley hosted a weekend-long event to demonstrate and teach the art of burning charcoal. We filled and lit both of our steel Kilns and also tried the old fashioned method of earth burning- something none of us had ever...
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Charcoal Burning- a chance to get involved

We are back to Charcoal Burning in the Teign Valley, and there is now a chance to be involved. This coming weekend (14th/15th) we will be having a charcoal burning workshop at Fingle Bridge near Drewsteignton, camping out on Saturday night with the kilns. We will be burning two kilns and having a go at...
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