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  • Underwood green skills 4 week sessions / workshops (Revised, January 2014)

    Mental Health Support Addiction recovery support Learning disabilities Groups

    Women’s Groups Ex servicemen support

    Starts Spring 2014

    Mark Davies / Alison Calcott, East Ayrshire Woodlands

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    Underwood green skills Background to the Project

    In 2013, we successfully applied for funding from Awards For All to enable us to construct a cabin at Underwood for use in support of our work with mental health groups, education groups, FEI members, voluntary groups and workshops with the general public.

    We contracted a local craftperson to construct the cabin, with timber felled from our essential site maintenance and as a training programme for our trainees, to give vital skills in traditional construction.

    This has given us a valuable base, close to facilities to enable us to devise this support project for a range of groups, most on referral as part of a recovery programme, to compliment our longer term (but more general) Branching Out mental health support work and be more targeting to acquiring specific skills & capabilities over a four week project (one day per week for 3 hours, usually 11am until 2pm).

    Each module is designed for up to 8 – 10 people, depending on the activity, plus additional support staff. In some cases, where there is particular enthusiasm for further learning, we have the opportunity to bring in specialist, professional staff to run one of the sessions.

    Unlike Branching Out, there is no limit to the number of modules that people can participate in, following discussion with support workers / support staff.

    The facility will also be perfect for outdoor meetings, FEI members use, workshops for the general public and small networking & skills sharing days.

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    Block 1 March 2014 11am – 2pm SORN willow harvesting, biology, traditional uses. Creating structures

    Tuesday 4th, 11th 18th, 25th

    Block 2 April 2014 11am – 2pm SORN willow harvesting, biology, traditional uses. Creating structures

    Tuesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

    Block 3 July 2014 11am – 2pm (Summer) TREE ID, WOODLAND SKILLS

    Tuesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

    Block 4 September 2014 11am – 2pm ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS/photography/music/art

    Tuesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

    Block 5 November / December 2014 11am – 2pm BUSHCRAFT SKILLS-Survival for man and our woodlands

    Tuesday 18th, 25th Dec 2nd 9th

    Block 6 January 2015 11am – 2pm GREEN WOODWORKING AND CRAFTS

    Tuesday dates TBC

    Block 7 February 2015 11am – 2pm (Winter) TREE ID, WOODLAND SKILLS

    Tuesday dates TBC

    Block 8 TBC 11am – 2pm DIY Low Cost Polytunnel Construction

    Block 9 TBC December 2014 11am – 2pm Traditional Christmas Crafts & wreath making

    (4 consecutive days, Monday – Thursday)

    End of year event day, December 2014, 10am - Noon

    Project overview 2014-15

    *See following pages for detailed information regarding blocks and sessions

  • Block 1 March 2014

    SORN willow harvesting, biology, traditional uses.

    Creating structures Tuesday 4th, 11th 18th, 25th

    March/April 2014 Blocks 1and 2 Sorn estate-Getting to know willow and working with it.

    Base; Sorn Castle estate. There is a large polytunnel for shelter Tool use-Loppers, secateurs, saws. 4 week content covers

    •Understanding the biology of willow, •Getting to know the different varieties and their uses. •Traditional uses and modern uses. •Willow folklore and fact and its historical uses •Hands on harvesting-coppicing skills, bundling and sorting the willow •Removing old willow structures and general management of the area •Creating and re-instating new structures and creating willow crafts, skills.

    *No walking involved apart from around the small site *This 4 week block can involve physical work or light work depending on individual preference. Toilets are not available on site but can be provided / accessed by arrangement

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  • July 2014 Block 3 Summer tree identification and woodland skills

    Base- Underwood depot, Cumnock. Shelter is a log cabin. Toilet facilities in the main building Tool use-saw and hand drill. 4 week content covers

    •Introduction to tree identification-importance for woodland skills •Making your own tree identification guide •Tree uses-traditional and modern •Wildlife tracks and trails, feather identification, owl pellet dissection. •Species surveying through bird song •Wild flower identification •Making bird/bat boxes and creating habitat for wildlife •Tree and woodland folklore. • Making a personal tree talisman

    *Walking will be involved in this 4 week block to woodlands near the base. The distance will be less than 2km but terrains and pathways may vary underfoot. *This 4 week block is designed on the assumption that each group will be physically mobile for the activities but we can be flexible.

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    Block 3 July 2014 (Summer) TREE ID,

    WOODLAND SKILLS Tuesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

  • Block 4 September 2014 ENVIRONMENTAL ART/photography/music/

    Tuesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

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    September 2014 Block 4 Underwood depot –Environmental arts/photography/music/ inspiration

    Base; Underwood depot, Cumnock Tool use-Minimal 4 week content covers

    •Photography •Drawing with natural resources •Creating art sculptures and features with natural resources.- Andy Goldsworthy art

    •Creating percussion from wood •Poetry and reflection •Clay tree art and the green man •Using the senses in the woodland for inspiration (sound, smell, touch, sight) •Woodland colour pallets •Making nettle bracelets •Woodland meditations, stilling the mind.

    *Walking will be involved in this 4 week block to woodlands near the base. The distance will be less than 2km but terrains and pathways may vary underfoot.

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    Block 5 November / December 2014 BUSHCRAFT SKILLS-Survival for man

    and our woodlands Tuesday 18th, 25th Dec 2nd 9th

    November/December 2014 Block 5 Bush craft skills-survival for man and our woodlands

    Base- Underwood depot, Cumnock. Shelter is a log cabin. Toilet facilities in the main building Tool use- bow saw, sheath knife, fire steels. 4 week content covers

    •Fire lighting skills, techniques and methods •Sourcing natural tinder-where and what to look for •Use of the Kelly kettle •Tree identification for bush craft •Making shelters with tarps and natural resources •Making feather sticks for fire lighting & splitting wood with knives & mallets •Seed collection •Fireside cooking

    *Walking will be involved in this 4 week block to two woodlands near the base. *This 4 week block is designed on the assumption that each group will be physically mobile for the activities but we can be flexible.

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    Block 6 January 2015 GREEN WOODWORKING

    AND CRAFTS Tuesday dates TBC

    January 2015 Block 6 Underwood depot –Green wood working and craft

    Base; Underwood depot, Cumnock Tool use-Bow saw, sheath knife ,mallet, plane, rasp, potato peelers, hand drill 4 week content covers

    •Tree identification for green woodworking •Traditional hazel coppicing for materials-practical skills/tool use •Making a wooden mallet/walking stick •Creating rustic crafts •Making a saw horse for safe cutting practice •Using a saw horse and pole lathe •Using planes, rasps and sanding. •Tree fact and folklore •Making willow hurdles *Walking will be involved in this 4 week block to woodlands near the base, in order to carry out the practical task of hazel coppicing, for materials. *This 4 week block is designed on the assumption that each group will be physically mobile for the activities but we can be flexible.

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    Block 7 February 2015 (Winter) TREE ID,

    WOODLAND SKILLS Tuesday dates TBC

    February 2015 Block 7 Winter tree identification and woodland skills

    Base- Underwood depot, Cumnock. Shelter is a log cabin. Toilet facilities in the main building Tool use-saw and hand drill. 4 week content covers

    •Introduction to tree identification-importance for woodland skills •Making your own tree identification guide •Tree uses-traditional and modern •Wildlife tracks and trails, feather identification, owl pellet dissection. •Species surveying through bird song •Making bird/bat boxes and creating habitat for wildlife •Tree and woodland folklore. • Making a personal tree talisman

    * Walking will be involved in this 4 week block to woodlands near the base. The distance will be less than 2km but terrains and pathways may vary underfoot.

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    Additional Module DIY Polytunnel Construction

    Tuesday dates TBC

    Week 1 Selection, preparation and installation of the main polytunnel framework Tools used Spades, panel saw (limited), spirit level, hammer & nails (possibly) Week 2 Installation of horizontal framework & staging. Selection & preparation of ash poles for archway creation Cut alder poles Tools used Hammer & nails, Panel saw, spirit level, sandpaper,