East Lothian Council

OWLS Transform Woodland Area

Published Monday 14th December 15

Tree dressed by owls

Primary pupils celebrate the arrival of winter

The woodland area by the river in Stenton was transformed into a magical wilderness wonderland as children from Stenton Primary School celebrated the arrival of winter - and the launch of East Lothian OWLS - by dressing a tree in a variety of natural decorations, from hand-made bird feeder baubles to atmospheric jam-jar candles decorated with different leaves.

Under a rainy sky, the woodland came alive to the sounds of children, parents, teachers and woodland helpers enjoying everything that the natural environment has to offer – puddles and all!

The local Forest School children's group, chaired by Tina Misselbrook and administrated by Fiona Wilson-Beales, both of Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School in Tranent, was in attendance and Bonnie Maggio, Outdoor and Woodland Learning Manager for Forestry Commission Scotland, was welcomed to the event.

Children and parents left with an oak sapling, which they were encouraged to plant and grow. The trees were donated by Walton Construction and Collington Furniture to promote awareness of sustainability throughout the community.

The group, previously known as the East Lothian Forest Education Initiative group, has existed for many years and has brought together people in East Lothian who are interested in facilitating outdoor learning for children and young people in their local area. The group also provides CPD and networking opportunities to teachers in the East Lothian area.

It is run by teachers and East Lothian rangers and the group members passionately believe in the educational and holistic benefits of outdoor learning for young people. For more information, please visit the website: http://owlscotland.org/local-groups/east_lothian_fei_cluster_group.

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