Projects

We have run an wide variety of community learning projects over recent years. The key to our success is our ability to form excellent working relationships with our learners, a creative approach and a strong commitment to partnership working.

Heartwood Art Week - June 2016

Offering an assortment of inspiring art and nature courses for adults and children in South Somerset. Please check out our guest artists in residence – Serena de la Hey and Robynn Smith. More info to follow soon!

 

Growing On

In 2016 Heartwood will offer holistic horticulture and related activities, indoors and out, for women fleeing domestic abuse, thanks to funding from Somerset Skills and Learning CIC. For more info, contact info@heartwoodeducation.co.uk.

Somerset Skills & Learning
Growing On

Nine Springs Country Park, Yeovil

In 2015, Heartwood has delivered an extended forest school programme for local school children at Nine Springs Country Park, with thanks to Heritage Lottery funds. Children came together from four different schools and learnt new skills such as keeping safe in the outdoors, teamwork, problem-solving and respect for their local nature spots. The children enjoyed campfire cooking, den-building and lots of co-operative games.

Alongside this, Heartwood also delivered training for staff at local schools, in partnership with the countryside rangers. This training involved learning about the Forest School ethos and how they could incorporate Forest School activities in their own settings. We have also delivered specialist training for teachers in Science and Maths in the outdoors.

Yeovil Country Park
Nine Springs Country Park, Yeovil

Old Skills New Skills 2013

Heartwood Education CIC is currently working on a Heritage Lottery Funded Project making digital recordings of our local community’s memories of woodlands.

 

Old Skills New Skills

Hedgerow Harvest 2013, 2014 & 2015

Heartwood has been successful in gaining further funding to continue this Hedge row Harvest Project in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Forest Education Initiative Southwest Foundation Somerset Skills & Learning CIC

Harvest Project in 2013, 2014 and 2015

Hedgerow Harvest 2012

A nurturing women’s project running sessions making herbal preparations, hedgerow baskets and craft items using natural materials. After making a beautiful array of Christmas wreaths scented with pine, bay and rosemary in December 2012, our current group of women will be moving on to making their own personal and natural first aid kits with Fi Heckels from Sensory Solutions. Please contact us for more details if you have a women’s group that you would like us to work with.

Forest Education InitiativeSouthwest Foundation

Hedgerow Harvest 2012

Skills for Jobs in an Outdoor Environment 2012

A project working with out of work adults helping them to access and develop skills for jobs using the outdoor environment as a resource for learning.

News Flash! Heartwood Education has received another year’s funding for this project.

Forest Education InitiativeSkills Funding AgencySomerset Skills & Learning

Skills for Jobs in an Outdoor Environment 2012

GROWFF 2011-ongoing
Growing Forestry Futures

A Leonardo funded visit to Oslo and Helsinki in order to start to build links between Forest Educators in Norway, Finland and the UK to promote the sharing of good practice.

Forest Education Initiative

GROWFF 2011 - ongoing Growing Forestry Futures

Outdoor Science Working Group
Training the Trainers 2011

Heather Brown worked with Nigel Spring, an entomologist, and Kathy Henderson, a botanist, to deliver a day of training for teachers and forest school leaders. The aim of this training was to increase and improve the use of the outdoor environment to teach science across all key stages.

Forest Education Initiative

Outdoor Science Working Group Training the Trainers 2011

Association of Science Education 2011
Outdoor Science Working Group

Heather Brown contributed to a consultation paper aimed at promoting the benefits of using the outdoor environment in the science curriculum.

To read the paper, please click here.

Forest Education InitiativeAssociation for Science Education

Association of Science Education 2011 Outdoor Science Working Group

Outside In

A family environmental art project in partnership with Take Art.

Take Art

Outside In

Spider Day 2010

Heartwood worked with Christine Szekely, a German biologist specializing in spiders, to deliver a day exploring the anatomy, ecology and habitats of spiders at The Ham Hill Country Park for Year 6 students from local primary schools

Forest Education Initiative

Spider Day 2010

Teens, Tots and Toys from the Wood 2010

School age teenagers, young parents and pre school children came together in the wood to learn about the outdoor environment. The older students also gained greenwood working skills which enabled them to make wooden toys for their young friends.

Forest Education InitiativeGrassroots GrantsSomerset Community Foundation

Teens, Tots and Toys from the Wood 2010

Dragon’s Sneeze 2009

A family learning event using local outdoor spaces in Bridgwater in which pre-school children created a woodland dragon with their parents and carers. This event was run in Partnership with Little Big Bang of Take Art.

Little Big BangSomerset Skills & Learning

Dragon’s Sneeze 2009

Wild Play Handbook 2009

This was commissioned by the Partnership with Parents Project as a project resource with the aim of encouraging WildPlay and outlining it’s benefits to professionals, parents and carers who work with children.

Partnership With Parents

Wild Play Handbook 2009

Partnership with Parents 2009

An intergenerational, multi-event project aiming to build links between parents and their local Children’s Centres in Somerset.

Partnership With ParentsForest Education Initiative

Partnership with Parents 2009

I enjoyed stuff I thought I would hate.

Kieran, Aged 14, King Alfred’s Community School, Somerset

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