Hut Celebration Postponed


It is with much disappointment that we have to cancel the hut build celebration this weekend and rearrange for another date. Today Dalkeith Police contacted Three Hares to inform us that Midlothian Council had been in touch with them, reporting that we were planning an event without a Public Entertainment License. There is no chance to get this license in three days.

We obviously think this is ridiculous but as we were officially warned by the police that if we went ahead with the event we would be committing a criminal act we have to cancel. Going ahead with it would jeopardise future events at Three Hares and would result in action being taken by the police against us. The officer who phoned did commiserate with us but had to act on the complaint made by the council.


However, we will keep you informed of when we can have a right proper shindig to celebrate!!

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Hut Celebration!


By this weekend it will be finished! Come celebrate with us!!

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First Day of Round Wood Timber Frame Course


We have begun the hut build!  The first day (Monday 30th July, 2018) consisted of much draw knife action debarking the larch poles.  The scent and the colour of the bark were wonderful!  Ash mallets were also created.  A really great group, full of enthusiasm, are taking part in this project.  We look forward to more volunteers joining us on Saturday to raise the structure.  Come along!

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Hut Build- Volunteers Needed!

The Hut build is happening! 

Here is the schedule for the Hut build at Three Hares. If you can make
it along for even one day it would be most appreciated! you can either
drop in, or email Mark and let him know when you can come
(  Days start at 9:30am.  There are also still paces left on the course but this must be booked:

Thursday 26/07/18 Materials by trailer and horse from Lea Farm to site
Saturday 28/07/18 Set up, dig foundations, build framing bed

Monday 30/07/18- Saturday 04/08/18 – Roundwood Timber Frame Building
COURSE (Must be booked)

Saturday 04/08/18 Barn Raising

Monday 06/08/18 Floor plates on
Tuesday 07/08/18 Joists on
Wednesday 08/08/18 Ridge plate up
Thursday 09/08/18 Rafters on
Friday 10/08/18 Rafters on
Saturday 11/08/18 Roof on

Monday 13/08/18 Roof on
Tuesday 14/08/18 Floor down
Wednesday 15/08/18 Studs in
Thursday 16/08/18 Studs in
Friday 17/08/18 Windows and door in

Monday 20/08/18 Windows and door in
Tuesday 21/08/18 Cladding
Wednesday 22/08/18 Cladding
Thursday 23/08/18 Cladding
Friday 24/08/18 Party

Hope you can make it at some point. It is a beautiful place to be. To find out how to get here visit or For any more info email Mark.

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Tree Care Days

Super volunteer Theresa will be on the land this Friday 15th June from 1pm and next Wednesday 20th June, from 2pm, taking care of our newly planted trees.  We have planted over 1400 trees at Three Hares since taking over Stewardship of the land in early 2017, and they now need some tender loving care. Are you up for helping her?


Tree guards need weeded, bamboo canes righted, and grass removed from the base of the trees to prevent competition for growth.  A gentle way to spend an afternoon in a stunning place.  Just turn up and help, bring gloves if you have (we can provide some), and water etc to keep you going for the afternoon.



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Three Hares Are Building!

Midlothian Council have granted us planning permission to build our woodland hut, and work begins this July!

Mark Vrionides will be running the first stage of the build as a Roundwood Framing Course. Come and learn how to construct the frame for any building from logs straight from the woods. This method is particularly great for compost loos, huts, cabins and any kind of shack really, but can also provide the frame for houses and barns.

Mark will cover everything you need to know to build your own roundwood frame, including:

timber selection and preparation
frame design
marking and cutting joints

Course dates:
Saturday 30th June – Friday 6th July, 9.30am – 5.30pm

Cost: £220
Please get in touch if you can’t afford it, there will be some subsidised places, especially for local residents.

The Three Hares Community Woodland is an eighteen acre site just outside Auchendinny, near Penicuik, alongside the River North Esk.
We’ll meet at the Glencorse Centre [4 Firth Rd, Penicuik EH26 0QZ] and walk down to the woodland.

Flooring, roofing, cladding, etc. with guidance from Mark at every stage of the build. Please get in touch if this is more appealing, or if you cannot afford the course. Thanks!

Any questions?

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A fantastic snow filled Easter Sunday spent down on the land for our Happy Easter Egg Roll Off!!!

Searching for Beautifully painted Egg ‘Stones” along the river and taking part in some traditional Egg rolling, a fine way to celebrate Easter was had by all.

Well done to Ellie, Elly and Meg for making it all happen (and for providing some not so chocolate fuelled fun for our wee ones – some beautiful fruit filled baskets instead!)

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Join us THIS Sunday


THIS Sunday…sorry, think we said 1st March before when we meant 1st April!!  Bring yer eggs to roll!!  Bring a picky-nicky.  Yes!!  Weather forecast says light cloud and breezy,  no probs, we can picnic around a fire!  12 noon, aye.

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Family Fun on April 1st 2018

peggyJoin in at Three Hares on Sunday 1st April, 12 noon,  for some egg rolling fun!

Bring a boiled egg to roll, there will be paints so you can decorate it.

Bring a picnic!

A friendly request, if you bring chocolate please keep it within your own family, thanks!


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Gorse of course!


Tomorrow, Sunday 25th March 2018, we will be tackling a wee bit of gorse clearance to make way for a path that will lead down to the proposed shelter that we hope to build this summer.  We will meet at 10am on the land and wrap up at about 2:30pm.  Bring any gloves, tools you may prefer to use (within reason!!) and some lunch and water too.   Will be a lovely, albeit slightly prickly, day!!

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