17 – Tymhorau Gwyllt: Cylchoedd Natur | Wild Seasons: Nature’s Cycles
Bydd Elfennau Gwyllt yn darparu prosiect gwych yn seiliedig ar GTPM, sydd yn cysylltu plant gyda natur a’r amgylchedd trwy ecoleg, arbrofion, gemau a hwyl yn yr awyr agored. Diolch i Gronfa Addysgol Thomas Howell i Ogledd Cymru byddwn yn darparu Tymhorau Gwyllt: Cylchoedd Natur i 24 dosbarth o wyth ysgol gynradd leol.
Bydd tua 200 o ddisgyblion yn ymweld ag Gardd Fotaneg Treborth yn y gwanwyn, haf a gaeaf i ddysgu am y newidiadau tymhorol sydd yn digwydd mewn cynefinoedd, rhywogaethau a bywyd gwyllt, a sut mae’r tymhorau yn effeithio ymddygiad organebau, o gylch bywyd planhigion a phryfaid i gadwynau bwyd ac ecosystemau. Amcan y prosiect yw cynyddu ymrwymiad disgyblion a’r gwyddorau naturiol a gwella eu hymwybyddiaeth o Dymhorau Natur a newidiadau’r cylchoedd tymhorol.
Trwy’r sesiynau bydd y plant yn cael y cyfle i ddatblygu sgiliau allweddol. Gawn deithiau o gwmpas dai gwydr trofannol hardd Treborth, a bydd hyn yn eu helpu i gynyddu eu dealltwriaeth o hinsoddau a chynefinoedd, a’u defnydd o dechnoleg symudol i wellau eu sgiliau TG a digidol.
Bydd sawl gweithgaredd hwyl, ymarferol, ac addysgol ar gyfer y plant yn ystod y sesiynau, er enghraifft helfeydd chwilod, treillio pyllau, archwiliadau o gynefinoedd ac arolygon bywyd gwyllt.
Bydd y plant wedyn yn cyflwyno eu darganfyddiadau i’r dosbarth, aelodau o staff Elfennau Gwyllt, gwirfoddolwyr Ffrindiau Treborth a staff o Ardd Fotaneg Treborth gan ddefnyddio PowerPoint a phosteri.
Diolch yn fawr i’r Gronfa Addysg Thomas Howell i Ogledd Cymru am ei wneud yn bosib i ni ddarparu prosiect mor llesol!
Wild Elements will be delivering a fantastic STEM-based project which connects children with nature and the environment through ecology, experiments, games and fun in the outdoors!
We have obtained a £10,000 grant from the Thomas Howell’s Education Fund for North Wales so we can deliver Wild Seasons: Nature’s Cycles to eight local primary schools.
Approximately 180 school pupils will visit Treborth Botanical Gardens over spring, summer and winter to learn about the seasonal changes that occur in habitats, species and wildlife, and how the seasons influence the behaviour of organisms, from plant and insect life-cycles, to food-chains and ecosystems! The project aims to increase pupil engagement with natural sciences and enhance awareness and knowledge of the local environments changing cycles.
Throughout the sessions the children will have opportunity to develop key skills! They will take tours around Treborth’s beautiful tropical glass houses, helping them obtain a greater understanding of climates and habitats, and the use of mobile technology to improve their IT and digital skills.
There will be many fun activities for the children during the sessions, for example bug-hunts, pond dipping and habitat examination. As well as all this fun there will also be hands-on practical educational exercises to increase pupil engagement with natural sciences and enhance awareness and knowledge of the local environments changing cycles.
The children will then present their findings via PowerPoint and posters to the class, Wild Elements staff members, Friends of Treborth volunteers and staff from Treborth Botanical Garden.
Many Thanks to the Thomas Howell’s Education Fund for North Wales for making it possible to deliver such a beneficial project!
16 – Adeiladu a Thyfu II | Build and Grow II
Mae’r fasnach gymdeithasol a Chwmni Budd Cymdeithasol (CBC) Elfennau Gwyllt wedi ennill £4,590 o gyllid gan y Santander Foundation i ddarparu Adeiladu a Thyfu II, cwrs gwaith asiedydd, cyllideb, a garddwriaethol sydd yn anelu i gynyddu sgiliau a rhagolygon cyflogadwyedd cyfranogwyr, ac annog bwyta’n iach.
Mae Adeiladu a Thyfu yn ddatrysiad arloesol i heriau cymdeithasol ac yn esiampl wych o sut mae Elfennau Gwyllt yn dysgu gymaint o sgiliau a phosib i bobl ar eu cyrsiau. Bydd 8 person o Faesgeirchen a’r ardaloedd o’i amgylch yn ennill cymhwyster achrededig Agored Cymru mewn cyllideb, yn dysgu sawl techneg gwaith asiedydd wrth adeiladu eu gwlâu planhigion eu hunain, ac yn dysgu’r sgiliau sy’n angenrheidiol i dyfu bwydydd iach, organig.
Dywedodd Tom Cockbill, un o Gyfarwyddwyr Elfennau Gwyllt, “Yn ogystal â gwella sgiliau ymarferol a rheoli pres, bydd y sgiliau garddwriaethol yr ydym yn dysgu yn Adeiladu a Thyfu yn galluogi pobl i dyfu eu bwyd iach eu hunain, yn lleihau biliau tŷ ac yn annog bwyta’n iach. Yr ydym hefyd yn gweld pobl yn trawsffurfio, am fod ein cyrsiau yn cynyddu hunanhyder a hunan-barch. Mae Adeiladu a Thyfu wedi llwyddo’n anferth i helpu pobl newid eu bywydau a gwella eu lles, efo cyn-gyfranogwyr yn mynd ymlaen i addysg bellach, hyfforddiant a chyflogaeth, a gwneud ffrindiau newydd mewn canlyniad. Diolchwn i Santander am gyllido’n prosiect ac am helpu i ni barhau i weithio mewn cymunedau lleol”.
Wild Elements are delivering a fantastic skills building course ‘Build and Grow II’; a joinery, budgeting and horticultural course that aims to increase the skills and employability prospects of participants (whilst encouraging healthy eating!). We have received £4,590 from the Santander Foundation and it would not have been possible to deliver the course without them, so a big big thank you to the Santander Foundation for the funding they provided!
‘Build and Grow’ is a fantastic example of how we teach people on our courses as many skills as possible. The 8 participants from Maesgeirchan and the surrounding areas will each achieve an Agored Cymru accredited qualification in budgeting!
Participants will also learn an array of joinery techniques, will build their own planters and learn the skills required to to grow healthy organic foods!
Tom Cockbill, Wild Elements Director, said, “As well as improving people’s practical and money-management skills, the horticultural techniques we teach in Build and Grow enable people to grow their own healthy food, reducing household bills and encouraging healthy eating. We also see people transform, as our courses increase self-confidence and self-esteem. Build and Grow has proved a resounding success at helping people change their lives and improve their well-being, with previous participants entering further education, training and employment, and building new friendships as a result. We thank Santander for funding our project and for helping us continue our work in the local communities”.
15 – Diwrnod ym Mywyd Ecolegydd | A Day in the Life of an Ecologist
Hoffai pawb ar dîm Elfennau Gwyllt anfon diolch anferth i’r Ernest Cook Trust, Partneriaeth Ymestyn yn Ehangach Gogledd a Chanolbarth Cymru, ac Adran Ehangu Mynediad Prifysgol Bangor, am gyllido ein priosect yn sail ar GTPM, Diwrnod ym Mywyd Ecolegydd. Bydd tua 320+ o blant o 16 o ysgolion cynradd ac eilradd o dros Wynedd ac Ynys Môn yn ymuno a ni i ddysgu am wyddoniaeth a natur y ffordd hwyl.
Mae Diwrnod ym Mywyd Ecolegydd yn ddiwrnod llawn o weithgareddau ac arbrofion awyr agored ymarferol gan gynnwys ecoleg, arbrofion, gemau a hwyl yn yr awyr agored, wrth ddysgu sgiliau allweddol. Bydd y diwrnod hefyd yn cynnwys gweithgareddau sydd yn dangos agweddau fel llygredd, cadwyni bwyd, plaleiddiaid a rhywogaethau ymledol. Ar yr un pryd bydd y plant yn profi treillio pyllau, darganfod rhywogaethau anghyffredin Treborth, ac yn cael taith o gwmpas yr ardd a’r tai gwydr i edrych ar gynefinoedd gwahanol.
Trwy’r diwrnod bydd plant yn dysgu am ecoleg, materion ecolegol, a sut mae’r materion yma yn effeithio’r gymdeithas ac yn ysfa elfennau fel cyfraith amgylcheddol, polisiau llywodraethol/corfforaethol ac arferion cymdeithasol. Byddent wedyn yn dyfeisio datrysiadau ar gyfer problemau amgylcheddol byd go iawn, yn cynyddu eu sgiliau meddwl beirniadol a datrys problemau. Mae’r sesiwn hefyd yn gallu cynyddu hunan-barch, hyder a theimladau o lwyddiant!
Heblaw hyn, i helpu i adeiladu sgiliau artistig a digidol y plant, bydd y plant yn cyflwyno eu darganfyddiadau a datrysiadau i’r dosbarth, aelodau staff Elfennau Gwyllt, gwirfoddolwyr Ffrindiau Treborth a staff Gardd Fotaneg Treborth gan ddefnyddio PowerPoint a phosteri.
Dywedodd Tom Cockbill, Cyfarwyddwr Elfennau Gwyllt, “Mae’n wych gweld y plant yn mwynhau Diwrnod ym Mywyd Ecolegydd, bod yn yr awyr agored, cysylltu gyda natur a mynd i’r afael a gwyddoniaeth”.
Everyone on the Wild Elements team would like to send out a huge thank you to Ernest Cook Trust, North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership, and Bangor University’s Widening Access Department, for funding our STEM based “Ecologist for a day” project.
Approximately 320+ children from 16 local primary and secondary schools across Gwynedd and Anglesey will be joining us to learn science and nature the fun way!
‘A Day in the Life of an Ecologist’ is a day full of hands-on outdoor activities and experiments that connect children with nature and the environment through ecology, experiments, games and fun in the outdoors, whilst teaching key skills.
The day will also include activities which demonstrate aspects such as pollution, food chains, pesticides and invasive species. Alongside this the children will experience pond dipping, discovering Treborth’s rare species, and a tour of the garden and glasshouses to look at different habitats.
Throughout the day children will learn about ecology, ecological issues, and how these issues impact upon society and drive elements such as environmental laws, government/corporate policies and societal practices. They will then come up with solutions for real-world environmental problems increasing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The session can also help increase self-esteem, confidence and feelings of accomplishment!
Furthermore, to help build the children’s artistic and digital skills, children will then present their findings and solutions via PowerPoint or posters to the class, Wild Elements staff members, Friends of Treborth volunteers and staff from Treborth Botanical Garden.
Thomas Cockbill, Wild Elements Director, said, “It’s great to see the children enjoying A Day in the Life of an Ecologist, being outdoors and getting to grips with science”.
14 – My Work Based Learning Experience at Wild Elements!
Hello everyone, my name is Ellie. I am currently in my second year studying Marketing Management at the University of Chester. All students must complete a 5 week work-based learning placement in order to pass the second year in Chester University. As I want to develop a successful career in marketing I chose the ‘Marketing Assistant’ job opportunity at Wild Elements. I immediately felt this opportunity was the most valuable to help me understand and experience the working life as a marketing assistant.
I was rather nervous on my first day at Wild Elements (as any person on a new job would be). However, once I got settled and met everyone I realised that I was going to very comfortable to complete my 5 weeks by performing to the best of my abilities. All the staff and volunteers are very helpful and kind which makes this experience so much better.
I am now on my final week and it was been a great journey. I feel Wild Elements have taught me a lot about marketing and the real working life. I have been assigned plenty of marketing tasks throughout my 5 week placement such as designing flyers, posting interesting posts on social media, writing press realise and more. I have also been lucky enough to help out on some of the front line action. This involved attending a couple of the playgroups to help and see what it’s all about. I have also been assigned some random tasks too. The most random task was creating dough! The boss needed dough for the children to make damper bread, and of course I was happy to muck in and help out.
I have loved my time here and Wild Elements as they have made me feel really welcome and have taught me a lot. I am very grateful and would like to say thank you very much to all the staff. If anyone is looking for a work placement or even want to volunteer all year round, I would highly recommend taking a position here at Wild Elements.
13- Vote for ‘Blossom: Skills for Life, Space for Nature’! #BLOSSOM
Our fab project ‘Blossom: Skills for Life, Space for Nature’ has been selected for the Aviva Community Fund, and we need your votes (and the votes of everyone else who feels passionate about the environment, nature, and changing lives for the better).
Depending on the funding we get (which depends on how many votes we get!!), we can help up to 30 people gain work experience and accredited qualifications in the environment, horticulture and conservation that will make their future prospects BLOSSOM!!!
Blossom: Skills for Life, Spaces for Nature is an employability and skills building project that enables 10-30 participants to obtain accredited qualifications relating to conservation, horticulture and the environment. The more votes we get the more people we can help!
The project will target people in most need, such as people who are unemployed and/or people from socio-economically deprived areas.
It will involve working with participants to develop, extend and improve the Secret Garden whilst offering them a safe place to meet, socialise, and learn new skills.
The Secret Garden is a site Wild Elements manage and use for gardening, horticultural and joinery projects as well as the Job Club.
Through developing the Secret Garden, participants will work through the accredited qualification/s, learning new skills and obtaining new knowledge of joinery horticulture and budgeting.
In addition to the accredited qualifications, the project will enhance participant’s digital skills and online research skills through using hand-held mobile devices to research plants, soils, aspects and the benefits to wildlife and the environment.
In addition, it will also help participants build softer skills, such as teamworking, communication and confidence.
Wild Elements has run several similar projects, and we watch individuals change and grow as they develop many skills throughout the project.
Participants who have undertaken previous similar projects with us have changed their lives, through entering employment and further education, saving money through learning how to grow their own food, improving their well-being and confidence, and we also have several participants who have continued volunteering with us. We expect this project to have similar outcomes but we need your votes for it to happen!
Vote for Wild Elements here – now – it will only take 2 minutes!!
12- A big thank you to Waitrose!
All of us here at Wild Elements would like to give a special thank you to Waitrose for donating food for Nature’s playgroup. As a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) that ploughs all profits back into the organisation, all donations we receive help our projects reach their full potential
Everyone here at Wild Elements appreciates the generous donations immensely. The soups, jacket potatoes and home cooked food and meals that are being made from the donations are being especially enjoyed by all the children and parents of Nature’s Playgroup. Donations are an enormous help for us, and we could not be more grateful to Waitrose for supporting us.
11 – Sports past times
What would you consider a good sport? Football, Rugby, Boxing ….. Chess? All of these are fine sports to be sure, but at Wild Elements there is one sport that we have a keen interest in above many others and that sport is Archery. When you consider Archery it is an immensely difficult sport, requiring both mental and physical stamina. What’s more when you consider the Bow itself it has a longer history than any other sporting tool. The bow was one of the first things invented by man to be used as a hunting tool, and we have been making and using them for around 64, 000 years. In that time it has been used for hunting, a weapon and as a tool. However today archery is still used in some parts of the world as a hunting tool but its primary use now is purely for recreation.
Archery is a sport focuses on the ability to exactly repeat the same set of movements each time the bow is fired to produce the same result. If focus on standing in the same place, pulling the bowstring back in the same way, releasing the arrow in the same way and aim at the same point and the second arrow should hit the same area as the first. However it is more difficult than it seems.
This provides a very different set of criteria to success than most common sporting past times such as Football or Rugby, putting the priority on mental focus rather than physical prowess, it is truly a remarkable sport. At present there are 3 Wild Elements members that practice archery and Wild Elements have even been asked to run 5 Archery sessions starting in May. Please let us know your thoughts on Archery.
10 – Wild Rangers
Wild Elements have had a fair few repeaters come to our Wild in the Woods sessions, and some of them are getting older. So for you guys Wild Elements have been working on our new Wild Rangers. Wild Rangers is our newest outdoor group for children 11 and older where we will be doing more advanced workshops including new craft activities, wood carving, campfire cooking and an abundance of new and more difficult activities for you all to enjoy. So far we have not confirmed a date for Wild Rangers but anyone who would like to know more can look online at the Wild Rangers page or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise to keep you updated as this newest project develops and we hope to see a lot of our old enthusiastic woodland explorers.
9 – The joys of Mud
Hello everyone, we hope you are all doing well and the cold weather we have been having hasn’t got anyone down. Wild Elements first activity of the New Year is happening in a little over 2 weeks, a nice start to the New Year with our Library Woods and Words Session. Originally these sessions were only for children 8 and older but they have now been made available to children of all ages (but children under 8 will need a parent to stay with them). We are looking forward to this event and the upcoming Forest Schools that will follow, let us know if you are interested in these sessions as we have a few places left to fill.
While in the office discussing our activities within our group we discussed our Mud Kitchens. These fun little bowls of mud that can entertain children for hours or even days if you let them. Mud kitchens aren’t limited to any age or gender which makes them a perfect activity for them to enjoy. But of course as parents you all know the downside of playing with mud, MESS and usually a lot of it, I would like to have you think of a few reasons why you should encourage playing with mud.
Playing in the mud can make you happier.
Scientists have discovered something that children have always known – playing in the mud can lift your mood. Recent studies have revealed that dirt contains microscopic bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae which increases the levels of serotonin in our brains, helping to relax, soothe and calm.
Playing in the mud connects you with nature.
If you never know something, it’s hard to care about it. Many kids these days never know the outdoors beyond the school playground or their own backyards, if they even have one. Getting kids outside to play (as a place to act out make believe worlds and explore) creates happy memories with the one most primal element in our world: nature.
Playing in the mud helps children to learn and develop.
Sensory, hands-on play feeds children’s brains. Listing all the ways playing with mud – a delightfully sensory experience – can help children to learn and develop would be a whole post in itself. So I’m going to send you here for a thorough look at the value of sensory play.
Playing in the mud can make you healthier.
Step away from the antibacterial hand wipes. Research has shown that playing in the dirt – including very wet dirt – is good for a child’s immune system.
“So let your child be a child. Dirt is good. If your child isn’t coming in dirty every day, they’re not doing their job. They’re not building their immunological army. So it’s terribly important.” – Mary Ruebush is the author of Why Dirt Is Good: 5 Ways to Make Germs Your Friends
Think back to your own childhood. Do you have happy memories of playing outside in the mud and the dirt? After all, making mud pies is one of the iconic images of childhood. We are creating the experiences, the memories and the childhoods of today’s children. What do we want them to remember?
So with these reasons and more that we could tell you, what do you think of playing with Mud?
8 – New Year’s Resolutions
Hello everyone and a happy belated New Year to you all, we hope that everyone enjoyed their Christmas and had a fantastic new year, we certainly did. Wild Elements is currently preparing for the year, we have received new equipment and are currently planning all of the playschemes, Forest Schools and all our outdoor sessions. At the start of the year when we all returned to the office we discussed our new year’s resolutions. Aaron’s was to try and be more active in his hobbies, primarily his visual hobbies. He plans to get out more and get more active with his photography, Peter plans to try and get off his X-Box a bit more and focus on more physical activities.
With this in mind we would love to hear from all of you and find out what your New Year Resolutions were. Did anyone make a resolution to get out more or to try and get the kids off of their computers like Aaron and Peter? With resolutions to get your kids out we are happy to help with the announcement a few of our upcoming playschemes.
Currently Wild Elements has only a few Forest School places left and we would like to hear from any schools or groups that would like to get the kids out of the classroom and to learn in a natural environment, to find out more please call us on: 07799566533 or email Tom Cockbill at: email@example.com.
We also have an upcoming Woods and Words session in Bangor Public Library on the 7th of February, for those who don’t know this is a free session that lasts from 2PM until 3PM were kids can experience a taster of what Wild Elements does. If you would like to join us on this session please book with Bangor Library by email: LlBangor@gwynedd.gov.uk or by phone: (01248) 353479.
Next up is our beloved Wild in the Woods (Yay) this will be from the 17th to the 19th from our usual time of 9AM until 5PM. Past goers will be happy to know that we have kept our single day booking option so if you can’t make it for all 3 days you can now come for 1.
We are bringing Woodland Imps to Bangor! A session aimed at kids aged five and over, it will focus more on exploring the woods and learning about the trees and bugs we share them with, with lots of crafts, games and fun thrown in for good measure.
We are looking forward to all our events and we hope we get a great turn out. Other exciting news for us to share is that Wild Elements is working on a new project for our older participants who have come to our Wild in the Woods Club before. This is still in the works and we will keep you updated as it progresses. We hope you enjoy your New Year as much as we will and if anyone wants to tell us about their Resolutions please feel free to post them on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/wildelementswales
7- October half term: Halloween and cathedral mice.
October has come and gone, and with it our Halloween half term playscheme. We built dens and went to see the obstacle course and outdoor gym in Penrhyn Castle’s Rook Wood, then came back on the second day to build our own obstacle course, and made vegetable soup. Then on the last day we had a session of pizza making as well as several of the kids helping me to split small logs for the campfire and stove.
The lantern workshop was also a success, with lots of children arriving at the cathedral that evening with lanterns to explore and try and find the mice that are hidden in the carvings around the interior of the cathedral (I still haven’t found them all yet!).
So all in all we have had a fantastic half term, and now we are moving into the half term before Christmas, which will hopefully be full of classes joining us for our Christmas Hands On experiences as well as a few more birthday parties.
If you are interested in joining us for any of our upcoming events, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
6 –Woods and Words
Woods and words is one of the free events Wild Elements runs in partnership with the Bangor Public Library. During these little sessions we give the local children the opportunity to see what we do by bringing the outdoors indoors for some fun games and craft activities. Over the last 18 months we have done and made many things in the library and we have had a blast. Have a look at some of our favorite pics.
What do you think of these lovely finished hand crafted items? If you would like to join one of our Woods and Words sessions, please contact Bangor Library to find out when our next session is at: LlBangor@gwynedd.gov.uk or by phone: (01248) 353479.
5 – Where did the Summer Holidays go?
We had six weeks of (mostly) amazing weather and meeting brilliant people: new faces and old friends, and now it’s time to head back off to school! Of course we are still going to be out in the woods, but now we’re working with school classes and groups, not playschemes. On Friday we are off up to Glan Faenol to teach a class everything they ever wanted to know about trees, and after that we have a weekend of birthdays to get ready for.
SHAMELESS SALES PITCH: To anyone who came on our playschemes this Summer and enjoyed it, why not ask your school about Forest Schools? We currently have funding from Snowdonia National Park to offer a class 6 half day sessions over 6 weeks FOR FREE, (excluding the cost of travel). If they find this interesting, they can contact us at email@example.com for further information. If six weeks is too much of a commitment then we can also discuss one off sessions for larger groups, although this is not covered by the funding and so carries a charge. HERE ENDS THE SALES PITCH.
There is also a lot of work to be done in tidying up the Secret Garden. Five weeks of running around doing activities have unfortunately necessitated five weeks of not working on the garden and as a result weeds have sprung up like, well, weeds! So if anyone has any good recipes for dandelions I would be interested to hear them.
That’s all from me for this week, as always if you want to get involved you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you would like to do.
4-Little ones Wild Times
We have been down in Llanberis recently with our first ever Little Ones Wild Times session. This fun day out for toddlers proved to be a huge success with families enjoying themselves on this short day out. Our little adventurers got to get their hands dirty making Mud Pie’s and making shapes and towers with our noggin set, trying hard not to pop a water balloon with our balloon toss game and enjoy making some wild art and having a few minutes to relax in our quiet area. However the highlight for the little ones had to be making the s’mores on the campfire.
We will have another session in Llanberis coming up soon and we will be enjoying a few new activities with the kids including a fun new water challenge.
3 – Summers here
So we are now about a third of the way through summer, which as usual is going past at near light speed. Into these first two weeks we have managed to cram two library days, three Wild Nature days and six days of Wild in the Woods club, all of which have been fantastic, as well as some serious bramble bashing and garden management.
We have had two days kick starting the Mythical Maze Summer Reading challenge across Gwynedd, in fact as I write this I am brushing up on my story telling skills for a third session this afternoon in Bangor library. We have so far covered Caernarfon and Dollgellau libraries, injecting a little bit of mythical magic and mayhem into the challenge launches at both places.
We’ve also been up to Penrhyn Castle delivering Wild Days each Monday to show visitors about insects, pond life and mammals respectively. We have also shown visitors the joys of rolling down hills, the high-speed world of snail racing, the technical side of building mini rafts and making bird feeders out of apples and the fine art of sitting very, very still when a bunch of wasps come by to raid your store of apples.
Tom has led two sets of Wild in the Woods Club sessions, both well attended and both well received. We’ve been making bows and arrows, creating the ULTIMATE assault course, building dens and having water fights, as well as woodcraft activities. We still have places on the play schemes at the end of the holidays (starting on the 19 and 26 of August) but they are filling up fast, and looking like they will also be a huge amount of fun.
Finally we have begun clearing the brambles at the back of the Secret Garden to make way for the first stage of the National Trusts tree nursery, with help from a large number of brilliant volunteers we managed to uncover a sizeable area from under a 6 foot high tangle of brambles and create room for 1,500 plants for the nursery which can now go in ahead of schedule.
Once again we are always on the lookout for more volunteers so if any of this sounds like stuff you want to be involved in let us know at email@example.com. That is all from me for now, I am off to go tell some stories!
2 – Hello from Aaron
Hello Everyone, I’m Aaron and I am the Marketing Support Assistant for Wild Elements. I help with the day-to-day activities that are required in the office as well as updating our website, send out emails and arrange our bookings amongst a very long list of things that need doing.
On average I spend most of my time in the office but I also help out whenever we have a show or when Tom and Resi need an extra hand during a playscheme. I have been with Wild Elements for roughly 6 months; lately I have been helping out at most of our shows, the most recent of which was at Rowen and we have discovered that kid’s really love to hit cans with bean bags. These shows are a great way for us to get new people interested in Wild Elements as most people who come to these shows are looking for the fun days that we produce for their kids. What I have been working on recently with Peter is the preparation for our Pirate themed Birthday party. This will be Wild Elements first official themed birthday party so we have spent a lot of time planning and working on this and we are very hopeful for a good outcome so that we can introduce other themed parties. Over the next few weeks we will be putting the Pirate Pete’s Birthday Party to the test and our Wild in the Woods playschemes will start very soon on the 22 July. We all hope lots of our readers will be attending.