Greenwood working , Saturday 17th Nov


at the treehouse Saturday 17th , 11am to 3pm. ages 10+, booking required, £3 per person. beveridge.lynda@yahoo.co.uk

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Spooky Halloween event in the treehouse


Spooky Halloween event, November 4th Saturday, all ages.
prizes for fancy dress, sweetie hunt and cakes.
Halloween crafting & spooky stories. £3 per person, funds for the treehouse.

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Autumn Crafting 2018- report

We held two workshops at the Treehouse this week, making Mandalas on day one followed by Waxed Leaf mobiles and Teasel Hedgehogs on day two.
Mandalas are usually seen in Asia, the Tibetan word for mandala means “that which encircles a center”.  Most types of mandalas are used in Buddhism, where you place symmetrical patterns in a circle.  The process is very relaxing and used as a form of meditation.
For our mandalas we used locally sourced natural materials.  Many of the leaves were collected from Attadale Gardens (Thank you) so we had a huge range of colours and shapes to work with. A favorite being the Japanese Acer leaves.    Traditionally a mandalas are dismantled at the end to demonstrate that nothing lasts forever.  Unable to destroy our beautiful works of art we opted to cherish them forever by gluing them to card & taking them home.
On our second day we melted bees wax and dipped selected leaves to hang from  driftwood twigs (kindly donated by one of our participants); producing intricate waxed leaf mobiles to hang on display back home.
After sharing bakes & hot chocolate (thanks for all the yummy cakes) we set about making our Teasel Hedgehogs.  Teasels are brilliant plants for birds, bees & butterflies.  The pink pollen covers the summer bees, whilst in the autumn goldfinches are drawn irresistibly to tease out the shining black seeds from in amongst the brown spikes of the seed head.  As the seed heads were reincarnated into a hedgehogs we collected & shared the seeds to all plant up next year….. continuing the life cycle.   Using some clay we attached hedgehog heads to the teasel spiky bodies to transform into a Hedgehog.  Some of our hedgehogs had larch cone eyes and rowan noses, perhaps a new take on red nose day.
Thanks to all those that attended,  Attadale Gardens for the leaves & to Lochcarron Community Development Company for the use of the Treehouse as a venue.

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Volunteering starting up again – Oct 5th

Remember what fun we had?

Back to the woods with the new volunteer programme of autumn 2018.

Mainly Friday mornings again, with the occasional Saturday.

Path clearing, tree-tube weeding, helping to put up a forest building and generally having an interesting time in the woods with like-minded company.

You are welcome to come along and make a difference to Lochcarron’s Community woods, even if you have never done anything like this before. Bring your tools or use ours.

All welcome: heavy work or light, and always time for a break for coffee and a chat. Next event: meet 10 am on Friday October 5th

Then (provisional dates): October 12th, Saturday 20th, Friday 26th.

Meet at the heritage trail, you may drive in at the forest entrance.

 

Contact Nic Bullivant 01599 534596 or 07565424981.

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Greenwood working, make your own Bull Roarer

Greenwood Working
at the treehouse

In celebrating Kirkton woodland and Settlement of Kirkton.

ADULTS & Children aged  10 +

Come along and carve  &

 decorate your own Bullroarer

A Bullroarer is an ancient

ceremonial musical

instrument.

Date: Wednesday 17th October

Venue: The Treehouse, Lochcarron

Times: 11 – 3pm

Please ensure you come dressed for outdoors and bring lunch or food to share.  No.s are Limited, booking essential .  Parental / Guardian consent required.    

To Book contact:
beveridge.lynda@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Autumn Crafting Workshops


More Workshops , this time Autumn themed.
In celebrating Kirkton woodland and Settlement of Kirkton.

For all ages, Family based events

Venue:-  The Treehouse , Lochcarron

Mon 15th October 

 Make Mandalas

Time:- 11am – 1pm 

Bring Packed lunch or food to share.

Tues 16th October

Make your own leaf Mobile &  Teasel Hedgehog

Time:-  11am—2pm

Bring Packed lunch or food to share.

Please ensure you come dressed for outdoors and bring snacks/drinks & any medication .   Children aged 7 + years  can attend without parent/guardians.  Parental consent forms to be completed prior to the event.  Booking Required.  No.s Limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.  

For further information or to book;
beveridge.lynda@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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Fungi Day at the Treehouse 2nd Sept 2018

It’s been a great year for Fungi, so we were delighted to host a Fungi day at the Treehouse with local expert Tony Lyon.  Tony brought along a huge selection of local fungi which was on display.  We were amazed at the variety of fungi to be found in our locality.  Tony gave a insightful talk about methods of Identifying Fungi.
What was interesting to learn is that smell and the physicality of the Fungi is not always consistent therefore a taking note of the site of where it grows, it’s proximity to tree varieties & it’s it’s individual characteristics are essential.  One method is to take a spore print which participants were given the option to try.  The colour palette of which fungi spores produce had many in awe & is an artists dream.
Within the display were some of the poisonous varieties like the Destroying Angel, it’s beauty masquerading it’s fatal consequences.    Using some of the foraged edible Fungi, chanterelle, hedgehog & Cep, Lynda set about cooking risotto outdoors over the fire – We are glad to announce that all participants are still alive!
Tony enlightened us with folklore and stories of Fungi over lunch before we learned how to harvest and store/dry Fungi.  Encouragingly Tony’s handmade drying rack is an example of how this hobby can be accessible to all. We took a short stroll through the woodland & with our newfound knowledge were able  identify Orange Birch Bolete, Amethyst Deciever & Sulpher Tuft a variety of milk-cap’s & many more.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day had by all.  Lets hope for an equally abundant year in 2019!

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