A week sure went fast over Easter!!!
Work in the woods!! In what will be the forest school area!!!
Starting hazel hurdle fences….
Rendering the end of the house….
Concreting a hole in barn three’s floor….
Burning wood to make charcoal…
Willows arrived and planted….
Rendering drying…. Oh yes and slate look cement sills!!!!
Daffs in bloom…
The ever expanding wood pile….
Lots of insulation…..
A pile of old gator tyres!!!! The gator has new ones and will now go all sorts of new places!!!!
Mulched fruit trees….
Willow in the slurry pit…. Down the run off stream and down the pipe stream bank….
Willows and hazel babies planted out to set some roots while we decide where to plant the extras!!!!!
A filled hole…..
ok it’s been nearly a month since my last blog post here!!! Time certainly flies when you are having fun hopefully some of the next few blog posts will explain the busy and the lack of blog posts on a regular basis!!!
After the last posting about the West Country game fair I had my second set of days at Forest School training!!! Outside in the cold BUT STILL TOTALLY AMAZING!!!!
There was sawing…..
Shelter building and all sorts!!!
Another fab two days in the woods!!!
I have been really lucky recently and have been allowed to attend a forest schools leader training course!!! So much fun and it’s going to be amazing for my class to access and beyond in school!!! I am going to set up a forest schools area on the farm, as we have an established area at school, so my establishment module with its management plans etc is mainly going to be set at the farm!! But anyway the course…..
We had theory…..
We had games…..
But then we had lit fires…..
Lit Kelly kettles….
Shelter tarps rigged into shelters which withstood the wind and the rain and the hail!!!
We learnt knot tying… Square lashing, frapping, clove hitches, two round turns and half hitches etc…..
We made pictures about the structure of the woodland…..
And started to name and label bits of trees and woodland flora we found!!!!
As I said so much fun… But it’s going to be a LOT of work over the next few months….. But I am still REALLY excited and can’t wait to start using our school forest schools area and also weirdly excited to be looking at my own woodland and developing management plans and the site!!!! Even though it seems to mean mapping the whole nine acres!!!! I may be in the woods a while for that one!! I hope the ordinance survey shows up how steep some of it is in large enough forms too…. Abseiling forest school anyone?!?