Wildside Designs Win Fairley Road Design Contract

1st April 2017

We are very happy to announce that Wildside Designs in partnership with Ian White Associates has won the contract to take forward the design for the Fairley Road Adventure Playground in Aberdeen. Wildside Designs delivered the ambitious design concept in 2015 and we are greatly looking forward to working with the fantastic team at Adventure […]

Young Volunteers Dig Deep To Protect Woodland

1st April 2017

Hello, our names are Adam Boyd and Kira Lundy and we have been going down to Kilsyth Woodland Centre to help clear out and refurbish the newly adopted woodland area. We have had an amazing time working with the kids and Wildside in Scotland Director, Judi Legg. We enjoyed taking time out of our Thursday […]

Our Whomping Willows

1st April 2017

Fifteen energetic volunteers got stuck into creating some imaginative willow structures on 1 April 2017 – with some considerable April Foolery going on (mostly Board Members)! This being the time of year when this magical plant can grow from just a twig stuck in the ground, we created dens, arches, fence decorations and a gathering […]

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 […]