Neroche welcomes new faces

Following on from the main event, young families from the surrounding area came together at Neroche forest to soak up the weekend sun and enjoy the many activities on offer.

Forest School leader Arainn delivered a highly creative workshop for the children which went down a storm. Whilst the original idea was to build sailing boats out of recycled wool and small branches, the kids had other ideas and dream catchers were made instead.

Later on in the day, visitors were taken by David West of the Forestry Commission on a little adventure to see the Neroche Scheme’s own herd of Longhorn cattle. A sense of adrenalin seemed to pass through the group as the cattle became less timid toward our presence and started munching through the dense bramble around us.

Throughout the day volunteers were on hand to offer people a chance to brush up on some traditional woodworking. Thanks to Tim’s enthusiasm to share his skills, the lathes hardly stopped spinning and by the early evening the site was scattered with chair legs.

Saturday’s visitors to Neroche will hopefully have gained a real taste for the spirit of the event, though evidently it wasn’t just humans that took an interest in proceedings.

– James


It’s good to talk

Participants got deep into debate today at the woodland edge workshop sessions held this afternoon. Workshop topics included ‘community involvement in woodland management’, and ‘making better use of the resources from woods’. The discussion in small groups allowed many detailed points to be considered, and then reviewed by a larger set of the participants. The workshops ended with key messages agreed by participants. These were then scribed onto large display boards. Two of the sets of comments from amongst the six workshops are shown below. Most of the workshop groups agreed upon the relevant questions for their strand of the topic and then set about answering them. Just click on the images to see the text more clearly. Further results of discussion from the event will appear on the blog soon, including the individual points of view written onto leaves, used instead of the more conventional technique of post-it notes. – Rick