Proving the value of ancient woodland in the 21st century
A change of focus
Posted on: June 28, 2018
We’ve had literally hundreds and thousands of school children through the Hill Holt Wood gates since starting up the Growing Up Green program as part of Our Bright Future and we’ve loved having each and every one of them onsite, running around and emerging themselves in nature.
However we’ve been considering doing some longer term work with smaller numbers and are having a real push to expand our Junior Rangers groups. A fine example of this would be the nine young people we had for a week from the Magnus School. These children face a wide variety of barriers to education and we were delighted that they enjoyed spending the whole week with us. We trimmed and pruned, walked the countryside (Stepping Out walks) and even hefted the big axes for log splitting. Very soon we’ll be hosting another Magnus school Junior Rangers group (next weekend actually!) and then once more in July (the week after!). These groups enable us to go into more depth and teach practical skills more thoroughly than the shorter day trips.
Of course we’re not abandoning our shorter visits, Bridge Youth Group from Lincoln were learning woodcraft only last Friday night. And what a lovely bunch they were too! They were the day after the Our Bright Future yearly seminar in Cardiff where Rangers Gav and Hollie stayed over to meet up with the other 30 projects and discuss ways to improve and build upon all the amazing things we were achieving nationwide. It was great to catch up once again with all the interesting and passionate people we’ve met during three years of “Share Learn Improve” visits.