Weather doesn’t stop the fun at Buchan Meadows

Happy wallers with the completed dry stone bed built at Buchan Meadows Community Woodland
Happy wallers with the completed dry stone bed built at Buchan Meadows Community Woodland

BUCHAN Meadows Community Woodland hosted outdoor activities as part of the Buchan Feeling Good Festival 2013.

Buchanhaven, Burnhaven and Meethill Schools visited the site to do an orienteering course with orienteering development officer Jessica Tullie and Active Schools coordinator Caitlin Dudley.

Buchanhaven School primary four pupils at the Outdoor Classroom

Buchanhaven School primary four pupils at the Outdoor Classroom

After a warm up using tyres and coloured cones, the youngsters were able to run around and find the control points set up for the course.

They then went on to plant some of the 420 trees from the Woodland Trust community pack as part of the Jubilee Woodland Project.

Later in the week, nine people took part in two Drystone Walling Courses that created a new raised bed at the woodland run by George Gunn from Thurso, a master craftsman and member of the Dry Stone Walling Association who is also an instructor at the Scottish Traditional Skills Centre.

Woodland volunteers, Cameron Boyle and Stefan Caswell, undertook work experience with the Prince’s Trust and used this course as part of their John Muir Award.

Participants of the weekend walling course were able to mix with Peterhead Air Training Corps Members who demonstrated shelter building and the Aberdeen Foyer Lifeskills team who set up a display on the John Muir Award Projects they have been involved in at the woodland.

Community Woodland Officer, Andy Devine, said he was very impressed by the commitment of everyone who attended: “A cold, wet but extremely happy group of people left the woodland on Sunday knowing that they had completed a difficult challenge.

“Once it is planted up in the spring, it will become a focal point at the entrance to the woodland.”