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Bramblewood is a hidden gem, near to Worcester City Centre, at the heart of the densely populated Arboretum and Lansdowne Road areas. Its growing group of stalwart volunteers have nurtured the previously neglected site into a thriving mosaic of wild habitats, and a small forest school site, equipped to offer sessions for 36 children each week. This project will take Bramblewood into its new chapter which is now even more important, mid pandemic. With proper composting loo facilities, a larger shelter over the fire circle and a larger more sturdy, equipped tool shelter, Bramblewood will give Worcester City residents a secure woodland venue for skills and craft tuition, forest school for more children and a wider age group, a local outdoor education venue for schools, and, by skilling 2 leaders up as qualified Wellbeing in Nature Practitioners, will offer social prescriptions and social forestry to adults in need of social and mental health support.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Time spent in nature is good for everyone, and the need for nature in our lives has never been more acutely felt post lockdown. Skilling and tooling up The Bramblewood Project will put this already hardworking and productive little CIC onto a new foundation, providing Worcester with a vibrant local woodland skills and nature connection venue accessible on foot or public transport from across the city. Extending our sheltered area will secure Bramblewood’s future as a forest school, enable it to open to more families, and offer real opportunities to more adults in the city to build on their 5 ways to wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give) in a safe outdoor setting. By ensuring our sessions are led by qualified Wellbeing in Nature Practitioners, work with adults, as with children at forest school, will be grounded in theory, evidence and experience.
Steps to get it done:
Building a sustainable composting toilet was to have been the keystone volunteer build of the project, mid spring, and we were already garnering significant pledges of time and materials from local people in readiness. When lockdown closed forest school, however, we realised we needed to carry on as much as restrictions would allow, so very gradually over lockdown, with a few solid offers of advice and support and volunteer hours - a nurse and speech therapist learned the theory and skills necessary to built a 'Treebog' with a number of volunteers, bit by bit. The Lockdown Loo was ready to use when we re-opened forest school for the summer holidays. We are currently working on providing warm, foot operated, running water inside the loo for handwashing. See the Tale of the Lockdown Loo video for more details.
About the space
A secret, hidden wood, about half a mile from both Worcester City Stations, in the highly populated Arboretum area of Worcester.
Worcester City Council
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