Local lifeskills group complete John Muir Award

Aberdeen Foyer Lifeskills Group with their John Muir Awards at Buchan Meadows Community Woodland
Aberdeen Foyer Lifeskills Group with their John Muir Awards at Buchan Meadows Community Woodland

Five members of the Aberdeen Foyer Group from Peterhead recently completed the John Muir Award as part of the Lifeskills course.

The group carried out a series of projects at Buchan Meadows Community Woodland supported by Ted Watkins from Aberdeen Foyer.

Community Woodlands Officer for Peterhead Projects, Andy Devine worked alongside the woodlands volunteer group at times too.

The John Muir Awards sets four challenges for participants to Discover, Explore and Conserve a wild place, share their experiences with others and find out about John Muir.

Members collected stones from a local farm for the Drystone walling courses held recently and moved bark from the main gate to the outdoor classroom which has been used for flooring.

They also sited a wildlife camera, put up bird boxes, helped school pupils to plant trees and set up a display of the project at the woodland during the Feeling Good Festival to explain what they have done.

The final task was to plant heathers in the dry stone wall raised bed at the entrance to the community woodland.

Andy Devine said: “The commitment and enthusiasm of the young people has been brilliant. They, along with Volunteers, Peterhead Academy and the Community Payback team have made great changes to the woodland since I joined in 2011.”

The Volunteer Group is growing and will be meeting at the woodland on Wednesdays from April 10 at 10 am. Andy is particularly interested in finding adults who may be willing to volunteer along with the younger group members and pass on skills and advice. If you are interested in visiting the woodland or volunteering please contact Andy at the Trading Post, 35 Broad Street, Peterhead.