July news update

This is a summary of the work of the Trust over the last three months:

  • Running accredited Outdoor First Aid training courses for Forestry Commission volunteers based at Westonbirt: The National Arboretum. These were very well received and we intend to run more site-based training in the future;
  • Responding to strong interest in our summer training courses. Both the Level 1: Introduction to Forest School Principles and the Level 3: Forest School Leaders’ courses are full and our Outdoor First Aid course only has a couple of places left (at the time of writing!);
  • Running a successful team- building activity for staff of long- term sponsor: Whitehall Printing, to help them celebrate their 40th anniversary;
  • Growing our partnership with Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service to now run 2 wellbeing groups for people with dementia and their carers at Conham River Park and in Kings Weston woods;
  • Working with 8 different secondary schools and taking young people with a range of physical and learning needs to visit a local woodland to learn about the woodland environment and acquire new skills;
  • Running Forest Fridays in collaboration with Bristol Community Rehabilitation Service. This is an 8 week Woodland Wellbeing project for people living with mental health needs and as well as making woodland tools and environmental art, participants have also foraged for and cooked wild ingredients;
  • Visiting 13 schools in Swindon and Bristol & Avon for the Defra- funded Trees for Learning project. This is focused on helping primary-aged children better understand the importance of trees; Working with primary schools in Bristol & Avon to support the uptake of Woodland Trust tree packs as part of their Defra- funded Trees for Schools project;
  • Training 18 volunteers in veteran tree recognition and recording at Ashton Court as part of our Veteran Tree project;
  • Delivering the final training of the OVO Foundation funded Woodland Skills project providing woodland management skills for local groups. 12 people got actively involved in charcoal making at Wick Golden Valley Local Nature Reserve;
  • Starting work on the Woodlands of Bathscape Report, to inform the full BathscapeLandscape Partnership HLF application; and
  • Continuing to grow our presence on Twitter and Facebook and through posting regular tree and woodland news on our website.
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