We’ve just started two new weekly Forest of Avon Trust projects in Hermitage Wood in Stoke Park, Bristol. We were bathed in spring sunshine for our first two sessions with people with learning difficulties from Bristol and South Glos.
The groups were able to listen to green and lesser spotted woodpeckers as they flew overhead, and the wild garlic is beginning to appear so we were surrounded by lovely smells, something we focused on with Milestones Trust, Kingswood Centre and Choices4U.
Our Bristol group from North and South Bristol drop-ins and Brandon Trust have been learning about tools and how to use them safely as well as exploring the woods. We are hoping to work with Steve England to install some new benches in the park as well as survey wildlife such as worms. This group will also be doing their John Muir Award and a day’s first aid training. As well as helping Steve install the benches they’re keen to do some cooking on a fire and shelter building.
In each session we always spend a quiet 10 minutes meditating/listening to the sounds around us. The woods have really come alive with bird song in recent weeks.