Branching Out Bags £5,000 From Carrier Bag Charge Fund

27th February 2017

Wildside in Scotland is delighted to announce that our Kilsyth Community Woodland Project – Branching Out – has bagged £5,000 from a Tesco funding scheme. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – […]

Volunteers Pull Together

27th February 2017

Volunteers from Kilsyth Academy are helping to pull together a Woodland Management Plan for the Kilsyth Woodland Centre. Following a tree survey by the North Lanarkshire Arboriculture Team, trees that were diseased have been identified and felled, providing us with lots of stumps, pennies, branches, rods, seeds etc for use in our Outdoor Learning and […]

Compensation Culture Of School Accident Pay Outs Once Again Make Headline News

11th February 2017

A recent BBC article published figures that reveal an apparent doubling in school compensation payouts from £1.65m in 2014 to £3.45m in 2016. The article was headlined ‘School compensation payouts include blindfold mishap and whiteboard accident’. However, ‘Hard facts bust the myth of a ‘compensation culture’ of school accident payouts’ is what the headline should have […]

Teach With Us! Team Teaching Outdoors With KWC

25th January 2017

Wildside in Scotland has received funding from the Forestry Commission Community Fund to support teachers to develop their Outdoor Learning practice and professional development. Our specialist advisers are available to come to your school and work with you to develop lessons or programmes of work in Curriculum for Excellence Outdoors, Forest Schools activity or adventure […]

This Place Is Like A Building Site

25th January 2017

A FREE PDF version of the book ‘this place is like a BUILDING SITE!‘ is now available to download. The purpose of the book is to inspire other schools to embark on natural play projects and it gives practical tools and information to do so, including the Loose Materials Training Programme. Ideas in this book could help […]

Musical Woods

23rd January 2017

Children from Kilsyth Primary School are soon to work with artist Sarah Wakeford, musician Kirsty Hamilton and our own Judi Legg to transform a corner of the Kilsyth Woodland Centre into a space to inspire creative and musical play. The children will lead the design and construction work and use found and reclaimed objects to […]

Stumps And Pennies: Resources For Sale From The Woodland Centre

23rd January 2017

We just can’t get enough of our stumps and pennies….and luckily as some of the trees in the woodland are a bit passed it, they are being felled and made into lots more of these lovely resources. Here are a few ways these flexible materials are being used: We are also supplying willow cuttings and […]

Childcare Consultation

4th January 2017

Parents, carers, providers and all those with an interest in early years and childcare are being urged to respond to a Scottish Government consultation before it closes next week. It seeks views on the wide range of policy options available to deliver the Scottish Government’s commitment to almost double free early learning and childcare to […]

Forestry Commission Scotland Supports North Lanarkshire Primary Schools

16th December 2016

Forestry Commission Scotland’s (FCS) Community Fund has contributed £15,000 to social enterprise Wildside Adventures for its North Lanarkshire Woodland Learning Project based at the new Kilsyth Woodland Centre based at Kilsyth Primary School. The Community Fund provides the Woodland Learning Project with the funding it needs to support primary school teachers, pupils and support staff […]

Third North Lanarkshire Learning Festival

15th December 2016

Planning is well underway for the third North Lanarkshire Learning Festival which will be held over two days in May 2017. The North Lanarkshire Learning Festival is the premier staff development event for education staff and partners across North Lanarkshire, and Wildside in Scotland is looking forward to bringing The Building Site and the work […]