AYRSHIRE FEI CLUSTER GROUP
***This is an archived page as the Ayrshire FEI group no longer exists, please visit our EDUCATION page for latest information***
Initiative (FEI) aims to increase the understanding and appreciation, particularly
people, of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and the link between
the tree and everyday wood products.
the Ayrshire FEI cluster operates through the auspices of East Ayrshire Woodlands,
informal environmental education linkages with other like minded organisations and craftworkers throughout Ayrshire.
We organise and participate in events and are involved in a variety of initiatives throughout the region with various
information to young people, in their homes, in schools & in colleges.
Where possible, we encourage the
public, especially young people, to use trees, timber and the forest environment for learning and gaining skills within
their natural environment.
THE MAIN TARGET AUDIENCES ARE;
and young people
Teachers and group leaders
Education advisers in science, geography, design, technology & environmental studies
Forestry, timber & processing industries
FEI produces a range of learning resources which are available to all.
GETTING INVOLVED - INDUSTRY / CRAFT
Good contact with local schools as a Business Link
Community understanding of the modern timber industry
Potential future employees
Fulfill Educational obligations from Scottish Forestry Strategy 2006
we are looking for from industry / contacts;
GETTING INVOLVED - SCHOOLS
with local industry - Business Links
Education & curriculum links
Understanding of the modern & local timber industry
Potential future employers
from your local FEI cluster group
Receive talks from local industry
Site visits for both teachers & pupils
Sponsorship to enable travel to sites
your local cluster group for information about local woods,
resources & contacts interested in promoting woodland education.
a small range of samples / products for use within FEI promotion for website,
Agreement to attend / supply information / display materials for Ayrshire FEI event
in becoming a member of Ayrshire Forest Cluster? Contact us or fill in the
details form here
Archived FEI Newsletters
Can't view pdf? download Acrobat Reader here
Grow your own tree The Forest (Poem)
The Gatherers Conscience (Poem) How the wood got its birdsong (Poem / activity)
British Trees (Interactive) (Print)
Woodland Birds (Interactive) (Print)
Woodland Wildflowers (Interactive) (Print)
British Wildlife (Interactive) - 2 players or two teams, great to play when using pc projector
CLUSTER GROUP NEWS**NEW - Charcoal Burning Information**
Estate Traditional Skills Education Wood
Further details to be added in due course.
Forest Cluster sub-group has been taking forward the development of
numerous, sustainable forest schools throughout Ayrshire. At present, we are looking
to develop forest schools in East Ayrshire (1 or 2 sites), South Ayrshire (1 site), North
Ayrshire (1 site), with a further site on Arran.
is presently producing a feasibility study to supplement imminent funding
applications which will hopefully provide a range of open / taster days for teachers and
group leaders, together with up to 16 places for forest school leader training. A number
of our members have gone through the training at some level and this, together with the
implementation of the sub group has given us the confidence to continue with the pursuit
of setting up sustainable, high quality forest schools, led and run by local people. Anyone
working locally and interested in becoming involved in the development of forest schools
in Ayrshire please contact us to discuss potential involvement.
Pinclanty Forest Learning Trail Update
Work has continued
on the learning trail despite the wet weather
through the year. The curriculum worksheets are complete and the trail posts
have been installed. We have been installing a rope along part of the trail for use as a
blindfold sensory rope trail and the last bits and pieces for the trail will be completed shortly.
Trail map and activity locations
trail worksheets are available as a download here
Information about the official opening will appear here in due course
Forest Learning Trail - Site & Emergency Contact Sheet
Learning Trail Introduction
Environmental Trail Worksheet
Art Trail Worksheet
Maths Trail Worksheet
Bird Box Trail Map (for between February and end of July)
Survey Identification Sheet (Included in Environment Worksheet)
Meadow Survey Identification Sheet (Included in Environment Worksheet)
Bird Survey Identification Sheet (Included in Environment Worksheet)
New Ayrshire Forest Cluster / Forest School Banners
We have recently
taken delivery of new banners to promote the work of the forest
cluster and to help with the progression towards establishing a sustainable and recognised
Forest School within Ayrshire. These are available to our members for use at events etc.
We are currently
developing an upland education site at Pinclanty
Forest in South
Ayrshire, with the creation of new access tracks around the forest and a woodland
learning trail, providing 5-14 curriculum linked teaching and learning opportunities for
maths, literacy, art and the environment in the outdoors in the midst of spectacular
scenery. Worksheets will shortly be available here as downloadable files.
We have recently
supported the 'Ayrshire's Treasured Trees' campaign run by the
Ayrshire and Arran Woodlands Partnership and produced 4 resource boxes for the prizewinning
schools which included field study resources, ordnance survey maps, books, field guides, posters,
measuring tapes, project kits and CD-Roms with both downloadable and interactive 5-14
curriculum woodland based resources.
Ayrshire's Treasured Trees resource boxes
WILLOW WORK AND ECO SCHOOLS
of group members have been active in developing school grounds
and delivering environmental education in woodlands. Many schools have been
awarded their Eco Schools green flag following work with FEI members
Schools that have recently been involved with FEI work with Ayrshire Forest Cluster members
Xavier's Primary, Waterside
Crossroads Primary, near Hurlford
Lainshaw Primary, Stewarton
Hillside School, Cumnock
Witchhill School, Kilmarnock
Forest Cluster has recently been producing artist's charcoal from old
willow stems, packets of which will be available at events where FEI is promoted.
Click the link below for more information on willow resources & charcoal
Other FEI projects
2007, with Yipworld.com
Hazel Walking Sticks
of the Ayrshire Forest Cluster are working towards setting up
sustainable Forest Schools within Ayrshire, with qualified and trained group
members, teachers and education providers.
New - Forest School Information Leaflet
Woodlands promoted the concept and work of the Ayrshire Forest
Cluster at the Ayr County show on the 10th and 11th of May and gave a
first outing to the group's new FEI and Forest School banners.
Ayr County Show 2010
Woodlands constructed a traditional woodland skills display at this years
show to promote our FEI work, complete with a mini smouldering charcoal mound mockup
Us for further information