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Whitehill skills day

Woodland sessions offer novel learning

We work to champion outdoor learning for children and young people. Outdoor learning helps children to develop skills and knowledge, as well as encouraging healthy and active lifestyles.

A few examples of work by us and our predecessor, The Crown Estate, include:

  • ‘Taster’ sessions for students from Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, at our Whitehill Estate in Midlothian, to learn about woodland management, ecology and try out practical conservation skills. The course, provided with Earth for Life, allowed 10 young people to gain hands-on experience. We are now planning a 12-week programme with Earth for Life at the Glenlivet Estate.
  • Wilderness Foundation come to our Glenlivet Estate to run their Imbewu programme which aims to spark an interest in rural careers as we all as building employability and social skills.
  • Our ranger team welcomes dozens of schools, university and colleges to our estates each year – and we also go to visit local schools to share our knowledge, skills and passion for the outdoors
  • Forests for the Future is a resource we developed with partners to encourage pupils to explore sustainable development and the role of trees, forests and people in reducing negative impacts of climate change.