woods

The Wildlife Trusts are running a challenge for people to spend June connecting with nature. I’m keeping a diary of how I spend my wild days.

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When I walk into the woods it’s nice to try and see what invitations there are for the senses; a whiff of wild garlic, dappled light, a splash of yellow woodland flowers, birdsong, ¬†an uncurling frond of bracken, you know, the things that really invite your senses to come alive.

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Our story of the day. Reflective group poems from Forest School training;

 

Upon reflection, it’s small yet guiding.

This place, a calming release in the sunlight.

Identifying. Reflective and delicate.

We’re explaining, thinking and applying.

Facilitating challenge as well as calming.

Positively supporting. Making explicit. [..read more..]

Nordic Romantic Braid 1Occasionally I see a craft technique and think to myself “I can’t wait to take that to the woods!” So it was when I attended a textile workshop with Larry Schmidt at the North House Folk School. He specialises in traditional Scandinavian textile techniques that were brought to America by the first settlers and the have wonderful names like flettet snor, frynseflet, bregdet band and rundflet snor. [..read more..]

spring doodleDoodle for http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/category/members-news/.

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How to make ink from oak gallsThere is something about playing in the woods, exploring, experimenting that really stimulates discoveries. I remember when I was a teenager reading about oak gall ink in a book on art techniques but I hadn’t tried it until today. [..read more..]

coppice birds 1Last year I learnt to make these little wooden birds from a local coppice worker. They are made from a single carved forked stick. [..read more..]

Handmade wooden Christmas treeI have set myself a creative challenge over on my Facebook page. Every day in December so far I have added a new winter festive craft made from things from the woods to a folder full of photographs.

Here’s a round up of my daily ideas so far. [..read more..]

Ropes Bridges 1I’ve written before about building rope bridges among the trees and how fantastic they are for children’s motor development, encouraging social skills and confidence and being loads of fun. [..read more..]

Sunset

Sunrise from our camp on West bay.
Photo: Tim Rowe

I have recently come back from a month long trip deep into the wilderness in NW Ontario, Canada. Which almost explains how quiet I have been here recently. It has been a lot to process. [..read more..]

WaKiGa

WaKiGa 17I recently spent a week in Hamburg and Berlin with a study tour for play professionals co-ordinated by ip-dip.com and www.meynellgames.org. The tour took us to scrapstores, adventure playgrounds, public parks and playspaces, community provision, waldkindergarten and green school playgrounds. [..read more..]

Bradford West Forest Schools Reflections and Evaluation

Reflections and Evaluation

Bradford Community Environment Project (BCEP) has been involved in the Forest School networking group in Bradford since its inception, and have been involved with the development of Forest Schools in the Bradford District since 2005/6. [..read more..]

Climbing Trees 1I have a source of pride to share with you; I was the best tree climber in my street as a child. I was small and skinny and could hold on to thin branches my brother and his friends were too big to handle. [..read more..]