Thursday, 20 October 2011

Research groups: Nature Nutters, forest school and BFEP

Nature Nutters:

small group for local children, aged 8 to 12, who were interested in their local environment
meeting once a month on a Saturday (during term time).

Taking part in whole heap of activities based on BFEP's current projects and other environmental issues. Their activities has enabled them to also take part in the John Muir Trust Award.

Forest Schools:

Last Child in the Woods: A Slow Forest School (Dundee)

Pilot study in 2006 by Broughty Ferry Environmental Project in Templeton woods, Middleton woods and Reres Hill.

Forest school group: Collecting materials and making camp fires

Making artwork

Example of forest schools day itinerary

Dighty Connect:

DightyConnect works with volunteers in the communities along the Dighty Burn to enable them to take part in a variety of environmental and cultural projects.

Broughty Ferry Environmental Project:

BFEP is a small community based environmental group established in 1999. We work with local groups and individuals.

BFEP is run by a local management group (LMG) with the help of a Project Worker. Predominantly funded by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Dundee City Council BFEP has undertaken a number of projects within the local community to achieve its aims, with the help of additional grants from other funding bodies including the Scottish Executive and, Awards for All and Communities Scotland.

The main aims of the project are:

  • To improve the environment of Broughty Ferry

  • To provide environmental information

  • To involve schools, community groups and youth groups in projects which will enhance the local community

Silver threads:

The overarching aim of the ‘Silvery Threads’ project was to enable local children to have hands-on opportunities to learn some of the traditional crafts and skills that were practised by people living and working close to the River Tay Estuary in the past.

the opportunity to visit "The Discovery" and learn some traditional skills on board

.... and make some lovely t-shirts.

Reed candle making and willow weaving

The project explored the historical connections between the areas' cultural heritage and its natural heritage, using locally grown and imported plant fibres, it has helped the children to develop a variety of craft skills.

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