How to use a Pole Lathe!

NB. This page is available for public viewing to indicate when we will be working in Pondhead. You must be a registered volunteer to be able to book onto an event.

Please book onto conservation events through this page – just click on the event you want to attend to open a new page which will give you full details. Once booked on, it will display on your “My Bookings” page. If you need to cancel for any reason, please also do so via the “My Bookings” page. The event leader will check attendance details the evening before and there is no need to let him/her know if you cancel online prior to this.

If you need to cancel at short notice, the name and telephone number of the event leader can be found on each individual event page

Please aim to arrive at all events at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time in order that we may make a prompt start.


Most of our conservation tasks go ahead irrespective of weather conditions. The only conditions in which an event is likely to be cancelled for safety reasons are during periods of heavy snow/ice or strong winds when the event will be marked as “CANCELLED” on the list below. However, in these conditions it is sometimes necessary to cancel at short notice in which case we will also attempt to contact you by email – if you think an event may be cancelled due to adverse weather please check this page and/or your email prior to leaving home.


It is not always possible to provide a detailed description of the work we will be undertaking on each individual conservation task due to changing priorities and weather conditions. In the circumstances, as we list events they are given a basic generic description but as the event date gets nearer we endeavour to update the task details with a fuller description of the proposed work.

NB. You need to be a registered volunteer to book onto events in the diary.

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Date(s) - 03/05/2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Beechen Lane entrance, Lyndhurst


We will soon have a pole lathe set up in Pondhead, what we don’t have is any experienced pole-lathers (let us know if we are mistaken), so sign up and we can learn together! According to Wikipedia, the pole lathe’s origin is lost in antiquity but it is known that Vikings used them from the archaeological finds. The use of pole lathes died out in England after World War II, but it has seen a revival through the increased interest in green woodwork. Please do some research so that we can learn off each other.  
NB. this event is only open to people who have previously volunteered in the last 12 months. 
The BBQ will be fired up, so bring along an offering to the charcoal gods.
This is a fair-weather event and will be cancelled if there is a threat of more than a shower.
Event Leader: Perry Bond 07795 423175


This event is fully booked.

The map below shows the ride network in Pondhead numbered by each section. Streams (in blue) are lettered by section. We will refer to this map from time to time in task descriptions. Click on map to enlarge.

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