Here at the Tortworth Arboretum, Jemma Robinson, from Robinson`s Discovery Tree (@JRDiscoverytree) speaks passionately about the premise of Forest School - to provide children and young people with the opportunity for experiential learning and play within the natural environment. Jemma is keen to encourage access, exploration and enjoyment of woodlands - allowing children the chance to connect with nature and to develop skills such as safe tool use, as well as a detailed knowledge of their natural surroundings. The Forest School approach is to offer frequent, regular sessions over time, to layer the learning, so that the children feel challenged, creative and confident, as well as nurturing a life-long love of the natural world. http://www.robinsonsdiscoverytree.co.uk/. http://tortwortharboretum.org . An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
Advice from the agents of Woodlands.co.uk and the Small Woodland Owners` Group (SWOG) about managing your woodland. For more information contact the agents direct via:
http://www.woodlands.co.uk/about-us/contact-us.php and SWOG http://www.swog.org.uk/
The Forge offers volunteers and creative individuals a place to explore the outdoor arts sector. They organise events such as the "Just So" Festival, which takes families out of their day to day lives into enchanting places and stories. They believe in the power of a moment of wonder to open a families eyes to the magic in everyday life.
For more info please visit www.wildrumpus.org.uk
Here Tony Titchen, experienced dendrologist, takes us `tree gazing` at Tortworth Arboretum - pointing out both native species (such as the Hornbeam) and non-natives (such as the Hickory from Eastern North America). This historically and culturally rich arboretum is currently being restored for community use - it was first designed and planted in the 19th century and enjoys over 300 rare and champion trees. With his abundant knowledge and passion for his subject, Tony is an expert guide as we walk with him through this woodland wonderland. http://tortwortharboretum.org An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
We hear from three skilled group facilitators who are running an innovative woodland-based project to support women in recovery from drug and alcohol dependency. Jackie Roby (Director of `Go Wild Education` http://www.gowildeducation.co.uk and founder of this project); Emma Coates (also of `Go Wild Education`) and Rebecca Cork (from Honeywoods Camping http://www.honeywoodscamping.co.uk) all reveal their own love of the outdoors and describe the positive impact being in the woods is having on the wider group of women involved. An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
6 things for kids to do in the Woodlands...
Bug hunting, leaf printing, story telling and more things to do for free in the woodlands for your kids. The day in the woods was organized by Scarborough Woods Action Group. For more info please visit http://scarboroughwoods.weebly.com/
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Here at the Millennium Seed Bank`s `Great Seed Swap` at the National Trust`s Wakehurst Place, we hear about the rich diversity of plant varieties that can be grown for food; see keen gardeners and horticulturalists exchange seeds; and learn from the experts about the importance of saving and sowing our own open-pollinated seeds.
There is increasing recognition that wood is a sustainable building material and source of fuel. Matthew Woodcock outlines the variety of ways in which the Forestry Commission can encourage the use of wood. http://woodlands.co.uk
Wood fairs are a great source of information, inspiration, advice and family fun. Here are just a few of the activities you might see at a wood fair. See http:// woodfairs.co.uk for more information.