Students Determined to Find Funding for New Community Site

A group of HND and HNC Countryside and Environment Management students are determined to source funding for their exciting community development.

Stewart Hardie, former HND Countryside and Environmental Management student, was the original driving force of this project as he seized the opportunity to transform the forest school in the community woodland on SRUC’s Oatridge campus grounds.

Amber O’Quinn Jardine and Alex Weir and a number of current HND and HNC students have now taken over the project this year as Stewart progressed to study at Edinburgh University.

With the assistance of Lecturer John McGregor they hope to transform an area in the current fledgling Forest School into a Tudor Style Shelter.

A Tudor style shelter that the students aim to build. Image courtesy of http://cabincostructures.co.uk/outdoor-classrooms/large-gazebo/

A Tudor style shelter that the students aim to build. Image courtesy of http://cabincostructures.co.uk/outdoor-classrooms/large-gazebo/

The aim of the project is to create a safe and sheltered area that will encourage the surrounding community and education groups to engage more with the woodland environment.

The vision for the forest school is that once it is up and running John McGregor will be able to train SRUC students to become a qualified level 3 forest schools leader. This opportunity would not only mean students would be leaving with an additional qualification but it would also increase their employability.

This area will provide a space for individuals to develop their skills, for example bush crafts.

It has been proven that being out in a natural environment is not only beneficial to an individual’s overall well-being but also to their mental health. Research has additionally shown improvements in school children whereby participating in forest schools activities within a natural environment have shown to increase their level of concentration and productivity.

This project is estimated to cost a total of £5,000.

SRUC’s students have applied for the Aviva Community Fund and the SRUC’s Sustainability Fund as well as setting up a crowd funding page to raise the money they need to complete this project.

With already over a year’s worth of work these students have yet to lose momentum in securing funding for this project. Alex said: “Last year we weren’t so successful with the funding but this year we are determined to make it work!”

If they are successful in gaining the funding they need then it is hoped the project will be rolled out by the end of October 2017. After the completion of this project it will provide a safe and sheltered area for educational and community groups, including SRUC students, Scouts and all primary schools around the Oatridge area.

Jaoa Monteino, an HNC countryside management student in the current forest area practising bush skills.

Jaoa Monteino, an HNC countryside management student in the current forest area practising bush skills.

Full list of students currently involved:

HNC

Alastair Hogg, Dan Taylor, Ellie Lawson, Jaoa Monteino, Kayleigh Allen, Myles Hamilton, Ram Salafia

HND

Alexandra Weir, Amber Jardine, Andrew Campbell, Eilidh Latimer, Lucy Hutton, Michael Balfour, Neil Hudson

If you would like to donate to the project, go to https://www.gofundme.com/construction-of-a-forest-school?pc=tw_dn_cpgntopnavlarge_r&rcid=r01-150790160533-0a8729c837a246ec

 

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