Craufurdland Estate Traditional Skills
Spring of 2010, East Ayrshire Woodlands and Craufurdland Estate, near Fenwick,
agreed on a project to
promote traditional skills within the estate woodlands.
part of the project was to create an interpretation trail in a public area,
as an educational resource,
to demonstrate, in the form of 3d installations, traditional woodland crafts.
clearing area was to be created, where local groups could visit to take part
in bushcraft and other craft
as part of a woodland school programme, hopefully developing into a forest school site.
part of the project was to create a charcoal burning site in a private area
of the estate, close to the castle
In May 2010,
a 6 week pilot project began with a group from Kilmarnock Academy, to work on
the development of
the learning trail.
new hardwood bench is the centerpiece in the clearing and work will now continue
on completing the
interpretation trail, with the other installations, craft panels and poetry signage all due to go in over the next couple of weeks.
weeks were spent creating the path network and the central clearing, followed
by definition of the clearing site with
ash pole fencing. Good progress was then made on bird boxes, the site shelter and green wood woodland 'throne'. The last week put aside
for informal activities of a barbecue, woodland games, firelighting and a tidy up. We have since completed a rustic entrance to
now continue on the traditional skills installations, installing the rest of
the bird / bat boxes and
completing the last section of the circular path and the main entrance.
Forest School with Fenwick Primary
In early 2012,
Forest School leaders Mark Davies and Alison Calcott ran a 6 week forest school
with a class from Fenwick
Primary at Craufurdland, with many new skills learnt from safe, respectful fire lighting to outdoor cooking, shelter building and tool use.
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Forest School clearing launch - Storytelling with Fenwick Primary
We launched the improved clearing area with storytelling and outdoor cooking sessions with Fenwick Primary
Yipworld Survivor 2012
The 2012 survivor project relocated to Craufurdland................
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New signage and interpretation
We have installed
some carved signs within the wood and at the entrance and hope to get working
on the traditional skills installations
during August, as we have some interpretation panels for the trail, set into nice hardwood surrounds.
The adjacent area of old willow will have selected coppicing, with materials used to create new cleft fencing around the clearing.
Pics to follow..............