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Be Tick Aware

During woodland play sessions children may be exposed to ticks as they are commonly found in woodland, moorland, grassland and parks. Ticks can sometimes pass on disease such as Lyme disease to humans. Not all ticks are infected and, if they are removed quickly and safely, the chance of illness is greatly reduced.

We strongly recommend that children wear long sleeved tops and trousers as they not only reduce the risk of tick bite they also protect against nettle stings, scrapes and scratches.

We also recommend that parents check for ticks routinely and, if found, remove as soon as possible. The safest way to do this is to use a tick removal tool commonly available in most outdoor shops and chemists.

The following information and guidance may also be useful :

Forestry and Land Scotland : Checking for ticks is easy

NHS Scotland guidelines : Current NHS Scotland Guidelines on Lyme Disease

Forestry Commission: Forestry Commission Identifying Ticks

The following YouTube video by a NHS Highland GP shows how to remove ticks safely :

Gala Day Afternoon Teas

Happy Gala day everyone!! We hope all our children enjoyed their mini gala day treats from the Cambusbarron Community Events Group, the bags looked fantastic.
We also hope that our older community members enjoyed their afternoon tea bags. We received an incredible 230 nominations and want to give our community a big pat on the back for their community spirit and neighbourly-ness in looking out for one another.
A big thank you to the Community Council and Foundation Scotland for their support. Thanks too to all the wonderful volunteers who ran around delivering on our behalf – you really made this all possible. Thanks also to Shaun at Michael More for being up at the crack of dawn to make all the scones and pancakes.
We, at CVN, are proud to be part of such an amazing community 🙌🙌🙌

CVN Orchard

We are very grateful to Aldo for making a lovely new sign to go beside the fruit trees in our orchard in the walled garden. Amos helped the children find a good spot to put it up. Our apple trees are already covered in blossom and there are leaves on the pears , plums and cherries. The children are hoping to be able to harvest some fruit next week!

AGM

Reminder that our AGM will be held in the Cambusbarron Community Centre on Tuesday June 1st 2021 at 7:30pm.

Join us to hear a review of our activities, achievements and accounts over the past year.

COVID restrictions still apply so please let us know if you plan on attending (message us here or email Jane@CambusbarronVillageNursery.com)

Damper Bread

The children had great fun (as well as a significant amount of patience) making damper bread in the woods today. The bread took a long, long time to cook but it was worth the wait. The children said it was yummy and that it smelled just like toast 😊

Gala Afternoon Teas at Home – Saturday June 12th 2021

Nominate using our online form

Do you have a neighbour, friend or relative who is elderly, lonely or in poor health? If so please let us know! We have a Gala Day treat planned for them!

On Gala Day, while the Gala Committee are arranging their Gala Day Treat Bags for Mini Garden Galas to village children, Cambusbarron Village Nursery will be out and about delivering special Gala Afternoon Tea Goody Bags around Cambusbarron. Our goody bags will consist of a fantastic afternoon tea (made by our very own Michael More) and some little treats made by CVN children. We want to deliver a bag to as many Cambusbarron residents whose lives have been made more difficult because of pandemic restrictions as we can. So, please tell us about any neighbours, friends and/or relatives who might welcome a wee treat. There are several ways to get in touch:

You can email us with information at jane@CambusbarronVillageNursery.com or

you can write the information down and either pop it in one of our boxes available at the Library or in Devine Hair or in an envelope to us (please mark it CVN Afternoon Teas) at the Community Centre (it can be posted in our mail box at the left hand side of the front door if the centre is closed) or fill in the online form

CVN is very grateful for support received from Foundation Scotland and Cambusbarron Community Council which makes this project possible.

Developing our site

We have now submitted a funding application to Foundation Scotland (Cambusbarron Community Fund) and have our fingers and toes crossed that it will be successful. This would allow us to complete some initial groundwork on our site (survey the trees and ground conditions) and also allow us to commission an architect to produce some initial drawings for the nursery building. Exciting!!

We’ve also begun developing a space within the Walled Garden and have planted 15 fruit trees (apples, pear, plums and cherries). We are now working on a raised bed and, when the unseasonal but Scottish cold and wintry May weather leaves, we will be sowing some seeds and planting out some vegetables (we have courgettes, pumpkins and sunflowers ready and waiting).

We are a #ForceForNature

We celebrated Earth Day this week in the woods – what better place??
We have been fortunate to have received fruit trees from The Tree Council and today we planted them in the orchard area of the Walled Garden Gillies Hill Community Woodland. Our children are looking forward to harvesting apples, pears, cherries and plums! It was a lot of hard work with some very exciting finds (worms, bees, butterflies, frogs). Our children are indeed a #ForceForNature

Forest Leader Training Day 2

Another beautiful day at Jupiter Artland began with repeating our getting to know you task, this time more light heartedly and, with relationships already more developed, in a more relaxed atmosphere.

We repeated our knot tying and I was pleased to be able to recall the processes from yesterday! The course leaders continually highlighting the teaching methods and skills used to link into how we will, in turn, use these with our learners. I particularly like the way the tasks are set up to support the learning process. I am conscious that, as a learner, I am anxious to get things right and not to fail. It is worthwhile recalling that these feeling of stress and anxiety may be present in those who are learning from me and that one of my tasks is to acknowledge these feelings and support my learners in their learning journey to make it a positive one.

Our first session in the forest was spent in a special spot of our choosing and with time there just to “be”. I chose to sit in an area of sunlight peeking through the trees and to listen to the bird song above. I was intrigued to hear so many different songs yet only to be able to spot one bird.

We made picture frames using knots learned earlier then used them to frame an area of ground and try to see how many mini beasts we could find in it. The number of tiny creatures living beneath the decomposing leaves was amazing, This led to an activity of assessing connectedness, how all aspects of nature impact on each other and how, as humans, we should interact with nature to minimise our impact.

A significant task was to conduct an initial risk assessment of the site. We looked at the individual layers of the woodland area, the ground level, the intermediate level, the shrub level and the canopy level. It is worth remembering that our learners in particular are so much smaller than us and that getting down to their level is important so that we can see risks from their perspective. Risk is subjective and we all have different interpretations of what is acceptable or not but we all agreed that risk is part of the learning experience and should not be removed.

We were asked to choose our 3 main reasons for why we believe in learning in nature. I chose *fun, *developing life-skills and *developing connections and respect for the natural environment. It was so hard to choose just 3!

We finished the day with some creative endeavours, I made a little munchkin man with a string vest and a caterpillar using my knot skills from earlier. It was great to see all of the other creations and admire their inventiveness.

The day finished with more reflections on the learning process and also on the necessity to evidence learning in paperwork. That is the daunting part and we all agreed that, while necessary, it is not the essence of why we are taking part in the experience – that being to develop our skills to improve experiences for our learners.