From Nature

Autumn in the woods

The summer is a distant memory and talk of Halloween, not to mention Christmas, abounds throughout the media. We caught up with our resident woodsman, Will Jackson, to find out about the gentler pace of life that is happening in our woodlands now autumn is here. This is a lovely time of year to stroll…

Beyond Camping

There’s camping and then there’s glamping and then there are experiences that go beyond definition. We’ve taken a look at some extraordinary places to stay all over the world that are certainly worth including on anyone’s bucket list. Longitude 131° – Australia Featuring breath-taking views of Ayers Rock, this sumptuous resort is the ultimate outdoor…

Our Favourite Places to Camp

To us, camping isn’t camping unless you’re able to sit around a fire at night idly dreaming of not very much at all. But nowadays, not every camp site in the UK will allow you to build a fire. So, we’ve taken a look at ten of our favourite places to camp (and some even…

Summer in the woods

We’ve been talking to our resident woodsman, Will Jackson, about what’s happening in the woods now summer is here, as well as finding out what to look out for on your forest forays.     What work needs doing in the woods in summer? At the moment we’re pruning the lower branches of trees. This…

The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is a charity close to our collective hearts here at Certainly Wood. We spoke to one of the organisation’s principal advisors, Mike Townsend, based nearby in Herefordshire, to find out more about the work and aims of the charity.   CW: Tell us more about The Woodland Trust and how it all…

Glamping vs. Camping : An Insider’s Guide

Certainly Wood’s lovely logs and kindling can be found at many of the best glamping places the length and breadth of the country. One such place being Penhein, a rather wonderful glampsite near Chepstow in Monmouthshire. Run by Helen and James Hearn, the couple now live the good life after upping sticks and leaving London…

Perfect Pitch

Here at Certainly Wood we love nothing better than to find local businesses who share our passion for the great outdoors. Our latest discovery is www.olproshop.com – a family-run business based in neighbouring Worcestershire, who describe what they do as ‘colourful and technical camping and caravanning gear designed for the Great British Outdoors’.  We asked…

Be Kind to Bees

Certainly Wood is part of an organisation called Made In Britain, which supports and promotes British manufacturing, helping buyers and consumers at home and abroad to identify British-made products. We thought it would a nice idea to feature some of the other members who are kindred spirits to ourselves – first up is Bee Good.…

If You Go Down to The Woods in April, May & June

  Spring is officially upon us, although the British weather is still fluctuating between gorgeous and ‘good golly’. Moving forward, we’ve decided to look at what’s going on in our woodlands on a quarterly basis, so this week we’re covering off April, May and June. The arrival of April means that tree planting will soon…

If You Go Down to The Woods in Late February & Early March

Is there a hint of spring in the air? We’re getting the sense the sap is starting to rise here at Certainly Wood. This week, we’re taking a peek at what’s going on in the way of woodland management in late February and early March, as well as looking at what Mother Nature is up…

Where Can I See Snowdrops?

The start to the year can seem a little bleak, given summer is but a distant thought coupled with the inevitable days of endless rain. Thank heavens for snowdrops – they are usually the first perennials to pop up and end the monotony of an otherwise hibernating landscape.   Snow far .. The botanical name…

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue

What’s The Language Of Flowers? Read On, We’ll Tell You. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s always one of the busiest times of the year for florists. Roses are the traditional choice of flowers to send to your loved one. But why is this and do different coloured roses mean different things?…

If You Go Down to The Woods in January

There’s always something that needs doing when it comes to Certainly Wood’s world of woodland management. This week we take a look at the tasks in hand, as well as what’s going on in the woods this month from a wildlife perspective. This is a busy time of year when it comes to creating new…

Mistletoe & Christmas

Mistletoe is one of the enduring icons of Christmas, even without the help of Cliff Richard and his 2003 hit “Mistletoe & Wine”. But did you know it is also the county ‘flower’ of Herefordshire because it is so rife in the region thanks to the abundance of old apple trees the plant favors and…

Help The Hedgehogs This Bonfire Night

We love nothing more than a good bonfire here at Certainly Wood, so Guy Fawkes Night in one of our favorite seasonal celebrations. However, we’re also animal lovers and November 5th can be a particularly stressful time of year for pets and wildlife, but particularly the British hedgehog. So spare a thought for Mrs Tiggywinkle…

Britain’s Trees Under Threat

We were honoured to have our very own Nic Snell invited to appear on ITV News last week as one of the spokesmen for Woodsure’s Buy British wood campaign. The aim is to stop diseased wood being imported from Europe and increasing the risk of many of the UK’s native species being wiped out. Britain’s…

Will The Weather Be Good? Find Out With Certainly Wood.

Everyone’s heard the adage about red sky at night, but weather predictions like these, although often accurate, are limited to the next twenty-four hours. However, there are all sorts of stories and folklores about ways to predict the weather longer term. Although Certainly Wood doesn’t employ an old-fashioned forecaster, as a business that is seasonally…

Woodland management

Thinning Out A Bit In our latest update about the life of a properly managed woodland, we take a look at how Certainly Wood carefully selects just the right trees to create its top notch brand of kiln dried logs. Certainly Wood’s Will Jackson takes up the story: Having nurtured the new trees from the…

Woodland management

We’re often asked how we go about cutting down the trees we use for our logs at Certainly Wood. Some people have seen the devastating images of mass felling on other continents and imagine a similar approach here in the UK. In fact, the opposite is true – Certainly Wood chooses each of its trees…

The Life & Times Of A Tree

Part 2 Last month we looked at the many things Certainly Wood has to consider before it even goes ahead with the planting of a woodland. So what happens once the young trees have been bedded in. It’s a competitive world out there and a young tree has to fight for both water and light.…