A quiet and peaceful woodland, soon to be shattered by the excitement of 27 children age 10 ish! The children from the local primary school love coming to the woodland. This group came to learn about coppicing and local, sustainable forestry. They are going to compare low impact coppicing with logging.... very interesting! They had a go at felling a tree, walked around the wood finding out loads of stuff and enjoyed creating their own tasks. This young man is building a safe house around a baby oak tree to protect it from rabbits.
The children organised a shelter building competition, here are the boys working well as a team.
and the lasses, using a huge log for something!
They are all very safety conscious when they work! (note the helmet)
Here is one of the completed shelters, decorated with the foliage from the tree the kids felled earlier.
They were all fascinated by the boar leg someone hung in our tree..
Many thanks to National Trust for these brilliant guides.
We had a super day. I am only sorry I can't post pictures of smiling kids faces!
The following week we had 54 children visit, this time ages 6- 8. They all adopted baby trees and built shelters, and also did a plant investigation, looking at what grows in the light. We have been left with a variety of unusual looking shelters in the wood!