Plagiarism

When I was considering a forest school leadership course and whilst I completed my portfolio I enjoyed and learnt a lot from reading other peoples stories and experiences. Publishing my own portfolio seemed an appropriate way to pay that back. I regularly get emails from people who have read it and am pleased to know…

Feedback

I’ve been told there is a discussion on a Facebook group for Forest School trainers regarding my online portfolio and the pros and cons of a website based portfolio. I’m not a member of the group so can’t see or contribute to the discussion so wanted to address the points I was aware had been…

Colour coded cordage.

I’ve been meaning to buy some bright cord for a while. The majority of the cord I’ve been using so far has been green or black. The bright coloured cord should reduce the chance of people walking into it when it’s in use and make it much easier to find stray pieces on the woodland floor. I…

ALL. THE. LICHEN.

We’ve just arrived at a cottage on the edge of Loch Earn in the Trossachs where we’ll be spending the next couple of weeks. The area is stunning but the first thing that struck me is how every single tree and fence post is literally dripping with lichen. It made me realise how little, quantity…

Waes hail!

Apple-tree, apple-tree, Bear good fruit, Or down with your top And up with your root. We went along to the Wolseley Centre Nature Reserve this evening for a wassailing ceremony led by the Lichfield Morris Men and Beggars Oak Clog Dancers.

Xanthoria parietina?

A walk around Cannock Chase today. We usually avoid the visitor centres and areas by larger car parks but braved one today to take the kids to a new play area. Far, far, too many people for my liking but one of the fairy trees is now covered in what I think is Xanthoria Parietina.

A finished spoon!

I finished the spoon I started last week at the skills day. After carving our the remainder of the bowl I let it dry for a few days. I then sanded it and oiled it with coconut oil. I’m quite pleased with it for a first attempt.

Skills Day at Manor Farm

Yesterday I went to Forest School Skills Day, at Manor Farm, organised by Nottingham and Leicester Forest Education Network. The workshops I took part in were Spoon Making, Working with Hazel and Wonder of Trees. Spoon Making In the spoon making workshop we started carving our own spoons and got to try out a variety of…

Building a Barefoot Walk

The kids at an outdoor home ed meetup today had a go at building a temporary barefoot walk. After using branches like brushes to sweep and clear an area sticks were used to build a series of rectangles. The children then searched for different materials – grasses, leaves, sticks stones – to create different textures in each…