150+ Year 7s enjoyed a day in the wood as Sir William Robertson Academy returned for another (slightly modified) bonding experience in the ancient woodland. Described as “absolutely priceless” by Mrs Brewin the three-day event saw us welcoming around fifty year 7 new starters each day at 09:30 and having a quick briefing before heading out for a tour. From there we went straight into the first activities which the groups rotated through during the day with a break for lunch. Fire-lighting, bat detecting, team building, straw-bale building, den/shelter making were all enjoyed thoroughly and every group spent time helping us build the native american Asi Hut down at the tree nursery. Our superb Rangers; Maggie, Mike, Chris helped me deliver a very successful event that was full of “oooh!”s and “aaaaah!”s which will, at the very least, become their first shared memory in their new school and hopefully has created a few more budding conservationists and nature lovers at the same time!
Yesterday Holly and I took a trip up to Hull to visit Youth In Nature who were hosting the Our Bright Future northern seminar. Hot on the agenda was sustaining the projects beyond the five year grant period. I gave a presentation on partnership working which outlined our work with local councils and other partners.
This week is Construction Week at the Lincolnshire Showground where we’re running mini straw-bale workshops to show everyone that you don’t need nasty bricks to make walls. Pictured below is Aaron (left) from Design:hhw and Billy (right), one of the Our Bright Future apprentices.
I’ve just met with Sustrans about the possibility of setting up a brand new Junior Ranger Service at a little woodland in Lincoln, fingers crossed we can help out there.
(Oh, October used to be the eight month but Romans changed it to include a month named after the Julii and Augustus families.)