Please see the photo gallery above for some of our April/May highlights.

 

In order of display:

'Fiddlehead' ferns - new fronds unfurling

Marsh Marigold

Common Dog Violet

Oak leaves bathed in sunshine

Clouded Drab moth (photography by Jonathan Wallace)

Newly emerging Lime leaves

Main Ride in evening sun

Comma butterfly

Carrying logs down Main Ride

Male Pheasant and Roe Deer

WOODRUFF WOOD NEWS

May News

Woodruff Wood Work

 

With everywhere being so wet at the start of last month, it was no surprise that our ditch system was filled to the brim and overflowing. A blockage in the outflow pipe didn't help matters, but once it was cleared of debris, levels soon dropped and the wood is now drying out to some extent. We had to pull off the section of wood where we were working as the ground was just too muddy and we are always worrying about causing damage to the ground flora (which is now beginning to appear). Plan B had to come into effect with us moving to a raised area alongside Main Ride to carry out further long-term improvements. Part and parcel of working outdoors involves being flexible in order to cope with the erratic nature of our climate.

Unblocking Middle Ditch

Nature News

 

Greening Up

 

After what seems like a very slow start to spring, the wood is finally greening up. The grasses are growing, the leaves are opening and the ferns are unfurling. The number of different shades of green is really quite something and their blended combination is a match made in heaven. Each day seems to be better than the last throughout May as everything bursts into life.

Here is a pick of our favourite things: 

 

Fiddleheads

 

The ferns are currently at their ‘fiddlehead’ stage. This is the most wonderfully accurate description -   newly emerging ferns unfurling their fronds – and looking remarkably like violin or fiddle heads. They will continue to rise from the ground throughout the month, each one becoming taller and opening out to reveal its full architectural beauty. Woodruff Wood is filled with ferns which dominate the ground layer in parts and give the place a real prehistoric feeling of times gone by. You'd half expect a dinosaur to walk past!

'Fiddlehead ferns'

Fresh Leaves

 

We are in the midst of this season's crop of new leaves bursting open from the tree buds – and we are mesmerized more than ever by this most glorious annual event. The speed at which the leaves grow, the details when viewed close up, the array of colours, the way in which each tightly packed leaf manages to fit inside each bud – it really is nature at its best, yet it is something which most of us take for granted. We hope you will appreciate them just a little bit more by looking at the images below:

Newly emerging Sycamore leaves
Newly emerging Lime leaves

Sunlight on Trees

 

There is a further added dimension to the beauty of the leaves when the sun is shining and the light illuminates all the different shades of green making some appear a wonderful golden colour whilst others dazzle brightly. Evening sunshine is our favourite light when, in our opinion, the trees lining the woodland rides are displayed at their best.

New Oak leaves in the evening sunlight

A Splash of Colour

 

Although there is an explosion of green radiating throughout Woodruff Wood, May is also the best time for woodland flowers. Every day sees splashes of colour appearing amongst the ferns, leaves and foliage. Beautiful blues from common dog violets and bugles coexist alongside the subtle whites and pinks of sweet woodruff and wood sorrels.

Common Dog Violet
Wood Sorrel

Oh, and there really is the odd advantage of having a wet woodland – the yellow marsh marigolds in our seasonal pond are just stunning right now.

 

It really is the best month of the year to be in an English woodland!

Marsh Marigold

 

Woodruff Wood,Longhirst, Morpeth, Northumberland

'Passionate about wildlife & firewood'

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Please feel free to contact us today for further information!

Why not add some kindling & firelighters to your firewood order?

 

Our recommendations are:

Natural Kindling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our best seller in terms of kindling.

A mix of hand-chopped hardwood sticks ready for popping onto your fire.

 

The sack is 65cm x 45cm and weighs approx. over 7kg

 

£6.50 a sack 

Flamers - Natural Firelighters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We tried these ourselves a while back and were very impressed!

Our log fire lit immediately with one of these odourless and clean bundles of wood shavings.

 

£3.50 a box of 24

 

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'Increasing Productivity of Woodruff Wood Woodfuel (Firewood)'

Woodruff Wood is grateful to have received funding for equipment and infrastructure to support us in the production of firewood

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