Edible Riverside

Saturday 22nd of September was the last day of summer this year, and how lucky we were to be out and about in the sun, alongside the river otter hunting and gathering some plants to eat on the Edible Riverside course I run every Autumn here in Otterton We found lime leaves, balckberries, hedgebedstraw, alexanders … Read more

The Didgeridooman to visit Tamar valley on National Play Day

Didgeridoo sounds fill the valley The Tamar Valley will be alive with the sounds of didgeridoos next Wednesday, August 1 when Chris Holland fills the surrounding trails and woodlands with the eerie sounds of the Australian instrument. Holland, who is better known as the Didgeridoo Man, will mix music, story telling, earth painting, bushcraft, games … Read more

Holbrook Leavers Poles

At the end of June I spent three days working with some children in their last year of primary school to leave some environmental art in the schools grounds, marking their time at their school, on an Australian theme.  I suggested we make some aboriginal style ancestor poles, and fill them with holes for insects … Read more

Art of Mentoring 2012

The art of mentoring this year was a bit of an experiment at community based learning, with the Art of Mentoring course being set in a temporary “village”. It seemed to work very well, even though the organisational systems were stretched to the limit.There were several prorammes all running at once, for adults, teens, 6-12 … Read more

morning song to give you wings

Dear all, This hedgerow song came to me as I was walking NE along the track to the barn at Hawbush Farm, (the location of this summer’s Art of Mentoring meetup,) with wind and rain blasting through the hedge. I was thinking back to how earlier in the morning the birdsong had woken me, even … Read more

Forest schools and the importance of Wild play

Forest Schools and the opportunity for Wild Play Why Wild Play is essential for children’s development and our survival as a species! Forest school is often seen as a way to take the National Curriculum outdoors and 1000’s of children now spend time in contact with the natural world this way each week. Many forest … Read more