Woodland fun for Buchanhaven pupils

The Buchanhaven School pupils arrive at the Buchan Meadows Community Woodland courtesy of free transport provided by Victoria Coaches.
The Buchanhaven School pupils arrive at the Buchan Meadows Community Woodland courtesy of free transport provided by Victoria Coaches.

Pupils from Peterhead’s Buchanhaven School recently enjoyed fun-filled educational trips to Buchan Meadows Community Woodland initiative.

Managed by Peterhead Projects Limited, the 43 -acre woodland hosts a number of visits and activities led by community woodland officer Lewis Swales.

There was a special treat for the school when local bus operator Victoria Coaches very generously donated two buses free of charge to bring the excited young students to the woodland project situated just off the ringroad on the Kinmundy Road.

Lewis explained: “The two visits were staged with the assistance of teacher John Hughes over a fortnight and the children were really enthusiastic.

“During the first week the children learned about woodland safety – even pegging out their own safety perimeter - and were able to listen to the wildlife and explore the woodland.

“During the second visit the children helped Doogie the Dragon find the wheels for his buggy and were able to learn how to use a campfire safely and responsibly.

“The 24 children all thoroughly enjoyed being at the woodland and learned a lot about the wildlife, plants and trees in the area.”

PPL secured the woodland land from local engineering company Score Group with the aim of engaging the community in biodiversity, health and outdoor activities and outdoor educational activities.

Community Spaces is funding the woodland officer for a two-year period and enabled the social enterprise to construct a much-needed car-park facility suitable for cars and buses.

SITA Trust funding has further enabled PPL to purchase vital equipment such as mowers, brushcutters and storage containers.

Lewis added: “We will be hosting an open day at Buchan Meadows later this month so watch your Buchanie and our Facebook page for details.

“Meanwhile, I would encourage everyone to utilise this wonderful woodland facility during the summer holidays and if any groups wish to participate in activities they can email me at cwo@peterheadprojects.co.uk or call 01779 478950.”