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Outdoor Learning Courses at Lower Woods

Posted: Friday 24th March 2017 by Community

Throughout 2016 Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has been transforming its spectacular Lower Woods reserve into a space to engage with the surrounding community on a scale never before seen at the site.

Work has included restoring ancient rides and pathways, and development of ‘citizen science events’ to monitor and support rare dormouse populations. Alongside this important woodland management, the Trust has been providing a wealth of volunteering and training opportunities for people from the surrounding communities and locals are being invited to participate in green woodworking and outdoor courses to further their education. All in the comfort of a beautiful yurt which provides a base for the ongoing community activities, education and volunteer groups.



The Trust is now entering the second phase of the project, having already held courses for adults who are currently unemployed, helping them to gain skills and confidence in a completely unique environment.

GWT Staff who manage the project have noticed real differences in candidates; hands-on learning techniques in an outdoor environment have proven very effective for learning and wellbeing. In all the Trust will engage up to 140 people during the project and run 24 courses for the community on green woodworking and traditional craft.

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