For those of you in England Oxfordshire Forest School Service are holding a conference at Hill End Outdoor Education Centre in Oxfordshire and Jon Cree, Chairman of Forest School Association Board of Trustees, will be the keynote speaker. To request a booking form contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is holding its Excellence in Forestry Awards 2015 across Wales with a closing date for entries of noon on Friday 6 March 2015. The Schools category is free to enter for educational organisations from nursery to 19. and has a £1000 top prize and a £500 silver prize. Schools do not need to have their own woodlands. The category is specifically looking for projects that increase the understanding and appreciation among young people of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between trees and everyday wood products.
Projects could include - practical improvements to trees and woodlands on schools grounds or in the local community - a programme of learning in a woodland or forest environment e.g. Forest School or forest industry setting - a classroom based study of trees, woods, forests and/or the forest industry
The Schools Award encourages and rewards schools that increase the understanding and appreciation, among young people of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between trees and everyday wood products.
We're currently just putting together the next Forest School Wales e-bulletin, to be sent out soon to members. If you have any forest school related news from your region, upcoming courses, training, offers for members on equipment or activities or resources you'd like to submit for inclusion then email Jo at email@example.com Looking forward to hearing from you! Jo
Short notice for this course so contact them quickly if you'd like to learn more about willow! Living Willow Structures Course - 9.30 am to 3.30 pm Date: March 4th 2015 Venue: Hendrewennol Fruit Farm, Bonvilston, Vale of Glamorgan This course will cover the cultivation and use of willow in gardens, schools and community spaces. Course participants will be taught the principles of growing willow and how to lay out, plant and construct a willow structure such as an arch, arbour, tunnel, fedge or dome. Care and maintenance of structures will also be demonstrated. To book a workshop place please visit the website, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Schools and other settings can be invoiced directly if you wish.
Our famous leaf spotter sheet! Brilliant for a leaf hunting adventure this weekend - hold a leaf spotting contest, play leaf bingo, collect each different leaf to make a collage... tell us how you use yours :O)
We're hoping to announce dates for the next Forest School Wales CPD day soon - also looking to organise some further days for this year. We have some ideas but could people please let me know what you would like to see covered in these days, and if anyone would be able to host one of these days. Particularly from North or Mid Wales as so far we're looking at some days in the south. Thanks!
Track a Tree (www.trackatree.org.uk) is the sister citizen science project of the Woodland Trust's Nature's Calendar scheme and it asks volunteers to record signs of spring in UK woodland.
They are running free training workshops at Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr Tydfil on 14th March to introduce the project. The afternoon session may be of particular interest to Forest Schools, focussed on how the Track a Tree can be used in an educational context.