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Hello and welcome to my Wild Blog!  Here you can catch up on all the day to day goings-on at Woodlandfun.  There's always something new and exciting occurring in the woods so what better way to share these experinces with you than on my own blog...so take a look and enjoy!  Oh, and let me know your thoughts too!

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By Woodlandfun, Dec 2 2017 10:16AM

It's that time of year again to give the Stoke Canon Primary School's willow tunnel its annual trim. This thing loves to grow so it had a pretty heavy prune this year and a bit of a re-weave. The photos never come out too well when trying to capture the tunnel so here's some abstract views of the top of the tunnel. First up a shot of the regrowth and then the weave in.

By Woodlandfun, Dec 2 2017 10:10AM

I came across this tiny golden snail wrapped up in the curl of an dying leaf. What a great place to hide out for winter and perfectly camouflaged! I almost didin't see it!

By Woodlandfun, Oct 27 2017 06:42AM

Lastly we have probably the hardest skill to master, the drop spindle. This technique requires patience and perserverence. This is the oldest form of spinning wool and although basic in nature, it's very effective and quite quick when you get the hang of it. The formular consists of 3 main components, twist, park and draft. By pulling the strands of raw fleece apart to cobweb thin and then twisting the spindle you can make a lengthy section of yarn in seconds. However, twist too much or have the fleece too thin then snap! The yarn will break and the spindle will, as it's name suggests, drop to the floor! Im really impressed that this group were able to get the hang of this in one session.

By Woodlandfun, Oct 23 2017 07:03PM

Next up is the great work of our willow weavers. This technique is hard work on the fingers and really works on fine motor skills and muscle strength in the hands. Willow is the most versitle of natural materials and it was great to see the yr 3/4 class all come away with a finished willow weave. Using a square template these willow baskets are great as bird feeders or candle holders and are just beautiful.

By Woodlandfun, Oct 20 2017 07:25PM

We've had such an amazing set of sessions with the yr 3/4 class from Stoke Canon primary. We've been looking at learning traditional skills and getting creative with natural materials. These are lost skills that I think they will come back to time and time again in later life.

In this first set I wanted to show you some of the amazing skills of our rope makers. Using just dry grass and huge amounts of determination and great twisting technique, the kids made some of the longest ropes I have seen!

By Woodlandfun, Sep 25 2017 03:39PM

Here's a little bird pod I made whilst practicing my willow weaving skills. We'll be making these (or similar versions of) in forest school this autumn The kids will learn to weave and make cordage and there's spinning fleece going on too! I think I would quite like to live in here for the winter, looks cosy!

By Woodlandfun, Jul 8 2017 08:38PM

You would not believe the hours I have spent down at the pond waiting to witness the arrival of a new born dragonfly. I would always see them post-emergence, drying their wings or just find the empty shells of the nymphs still clasping into the reeds. But this morning I finally saw my first brand new emergence. The picture isn't great as I only had an iphone to hand and the dragonfly was tucked well into the reedbed.

By Woodlandfun, Jun 2 2017 11:05AM

We've been exploring our wild pond as part of our plants studies with the year 2 group. It was interesting to spot some of the creatures lurking in the blanket weed. They also braved the nettles and made some tasty wild garlic and nettle bread.

By Woodlandfun, May 20 2017 07:30PM

My absolute favourite time of year is bluebell time. I absolutely love this messenger of summer and this year has been brilliant. It's not often you see wildflowers that are so vibrant. Stumbing upon a expanse of bluebells can stop you in your tracks and make you take a moment to enjoy the view!

By Woodlandfun, Mar 10 2017 08:03PM

The year 1 class came out to enjoy some fun stick man activities in the forest today! We made some stick characters and the children made some wonderful limericks to re-enact. Here's one I helped with..

"there was a stick man who climbed up a tree

to say "hello" to a bumble bee.

He slipped on a log and fell onto a dog

Who carried him home to have tea!

There was fun on the jungle gym at lunch break and lots of mud thrown in too.

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