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 had an important job to do today in the woods, and, for the adults, a significant one. Today, we labelled the trees on our site so they could be points of reference for future work. This was the first proper marking of our site, and although there is a long, long way to go, we now have a visible and obvious mark of our intent. The children chose to label their favourite climbing tree number 1 (technically it is 0001) and then worked with great perseverance and dedication to label other surrounding trees. It was so fitting that our children could not only take part but lead in this big step towards developing our woodland nursery.
We are delighted that our project to build a new nursery in the Gillies Hill Woodland has won the Falck Renewables Recovery for a Resilient Sustainable Future Competition! The £5000 prize is a welcome addition to our funding pots #falckrenewables #prizewinners #looktothefuture #rsustainableliving #learninginnature
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to begin the development of our new nursery in the woods. This award will allow us to complete a feasibility study and formalise our plans. It’s the first step but its a big one!! Gillies Hill here we come!!
We plan to begin a pilot of Woodland Play Sessions after Easter. In order to explain the need fro and benefits of such activities I will be holding an open evening on Thursday March 15th in the playroom in the community centre. I intend to have some photos and videos of the sort of things I would plan to do and to explain the rationale of the project. Ill have some resources, paperwork, leaflets, books etc available for reference and will be happy to answer questions etc.
This is a completely open meeting so everyone is welcome. I have the room booked from 7-9pm but am open to your input on what is the most convenient time for parents, so please just get back to me with what suits you best and I’ll try to go with the majority 😉