Custodians of the woodland

The Custodians

The Custodians of the woodland are a group of friends headed by Roland “Roly” Keates. These friends Callum and Richard all have a love of nature and being around nature.

Custodians of the woodland

Roland formed the Custodians of the woodland in 2020 to help with tree planting and rejuvenation of an established wood in Derbyshire.

Roly wanted a place to go for wild camping, to sit around the hearth and enjoy the beating of the drum. A place to go contemplate life, and to listen to the birds.

I see the woods as a sacred place, wherein I can celebrate the coming of the seasons, festivals and a place to go to commune with nature.

Enjoying the woods

Becoming a Custodian with us

We don’t ask for membership fees or any money from you. All we ask is a little time to help plant saplings, pick up litter and help with a general tidy up.

We offer

We offer a hot cup of tea, friendship, a chat and if needed a place of silence. A place to bring a book and just enjoy nature in a safe environment.

Enjoy the sunrise and sunset

Human Intervention 

If human intervention means tidying up nature and making it into a garden or a park, then, of course, a wood won’t thrive. However, when people look after woods for the wellbeing of the wood, with an underlying and evidenced understanding of how that might work, the results could be impressive. We aim to our interventions right, which in theory can increase the woodland’s health and increase the diversity of life within it.

The human intervention need not be a bad thing. We do not have to see ourselves as a life form that can only harm the living world. We can also support the living things around us. We can nurture life, and we can act in ways that are restorative and regenerative.

Custodians of the Woodland, Derbyshire
Enjoying a fireside chat

Why have a website?

The website serves two purposes.

1 – To create video blogs that will showcase what we as Custodians are doing in rejuvenating the woodland.

2 – To showcase a final documentary in the future of how the woodland changes between the wheel of the year 

Part of a series of photographs introducing the Custodians of the Woodland, Derbyshire

Tree saplings supplied by Eforests

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