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Woodland – we are pleased to announce the launch of a new Oakbank Woodland Division. We completed the purchase of the well-respected East Anglian woodland consultancy, Rod Pass Associates on 1st June. Rod’s business was built on a reputation for outstanding woodland management and his team of consultants (Karen Russell, Anita Stone and Arran Dennis) are amongst the best in the business. We have appointed Ross Guyton MICFor, MArborA, to run our new woodland division, with Rod Pass retained as a consultant. Ross comes with a highly experienced forestry and arboricultural background, working for Landmarc Support Services, managing large areas of forestry on MoD land. He is a keen shooting man and understands the importance of well-managed woodland to sporting estates. Whether you are considering a CS funded management plan, need an estate wide tree hazard management policy developed, have ancient, semi-natural or conifer woodlands that need improving and managing, need help with marketing high-value timber or simply want to improve your woodland for shooting then we have the consultants to help you. The primary focus of the new Oakbank Woodland Division will be in East Anglia and the East Midlands but if you have a project further afield and want to talk to us about it then please give Ross a call on 07741 655785
ELS June – Nectar flower mixture (EF4) – between mid-June and the end of the first week of July you should cut half of the area of each nectar flower plot down to 20cm to stimulate late flowering. DO NOT CUT IF GROUND NESTING BIRDS ARE PRESENT. Permanent grassland with low inputs (EK2) – from 1st June can be cut, harrowed and rolled. If cut, the cuttings MUST be removed. Very low input grass (EK3) CANNOT be touched until 1st July.
MID-TIER CS – Winter Bird Food (AB9) plots should be drilled by 15th June – they must be minimum 6m wide and 0.4Ha in size with maximum size of 5Ha.
Game Crops in June – PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR SLUGS. The recent wet weather has seen an explosion in slug activity and we have already had a few calls from customers who have already lost crops to these voracious pests! Please remember to get weed control carried out either pre-drilling or early post-emergence and get all the fertilizer on nice and early.
Supplementary feeding of winter bird food (AB12) is one of the most successful and visibly rewarding options within the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. It fills the "hungry gap" when the seed resources in the Wild Bird Seed Mixes run short and ensures the survival of many of our familiar farmland bird species.
Oakbank offer a full mixing and supply service for this seed, so please contact us in good time for the winter feeding period.
The Country Food Trust has been launched to help feed people in need. Last year they fed 20,000 people across the UK and their aim is to feed over 1 million people in the next five years.
As we know, there is a plentiful supply of pheasants and partridges in the UK, with more being shot each year as the sport grows. At the same time, there are 13 million people in UK in poverty who have to decide between the basic necessities including food, clothing and heating, and last year alone over 1 million people visited Food Banks across the country.
The Country Food Trust produces a delicious Country Casserole and a Country Curry which is donated to those in food poverty. It is sealed in long life pouches, which do not need to be stored in a chilled environment and are easy to prepare.
Obviously whilst pheasant and partridge are a cheap source of meat there are significant processing, preparing and packaging costs and this is where shoots can help. The Casserole and Curry are available to buy through the Wild Meat Company Wild Meat Company and for every meal that you buy (to feed your guns/your beaters/to give guns at the end of the day rather than birds in the feather) the CFT will deliver a free meal to a charity that feeds those in food poverty. In Cambridgeshire we are supporting Winter Comfort and have already delivered 200 free meals to them this month. You can also collect money from your guns to make a donation to the CFT. Every £1 collected will feed a person in need.