Tree care for National Tree Week

It’s National Tree Week! We hope you’ve been celebrating all things trees – whether it’s going for a walk in the woods, planting new trees or writing a story with trees at the centre.

At Three Hares we’re sharing the importance of tree care. Particuarly important in the first few years after planting, trees need continual maintenance to ensure they get growing. We encourage those who have free time and enthuasim while walking at Three Hares to do some hand weeding and tree guard fixing. We haven’t been able to run our usual Tree Care days this year, so the odd help here and there is ever more appreciated!

Check out our new video if you need some guidance on how to:

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New Sign and New Funding!

Our new sign with Katie and Anna who transported it all the way from Northern Ireland.

Last Friday was an exciting day at Three Hares as we finally got to install our amazing new sign! Thanks to the University of Edinburgh ( for the funding, to Leo ( for designing and painting it and Bren Jamin for framing and fixing it into place.

Bren Fixing the new sign in place.

We received other great news this week: we’ve secured funding to do a COVID recovery program and establish a Forest School on the land! 😃 Motions are being put in place now, and both are planned to start running in 2021*. We will be running workshops for lots of different groups impacted by COVID including children, key workers, refugees, asylum seekers and adults.

*All events will run in accordance with the latest local and national government COVID guidelines

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New Volunteering Opportunity

Scottish Wildlife Trust - Scotland's leading nature conservation charity

If you have always wanted to get more involved at Three Hares Woodland then now is you chance as we’re looking for volunteer leaders to help run our new Wildlife watch group in partnership with The Scottish Wildlife Trust. If you enjoy the outdoors, have an interest in wildlife and want to help young people enjoy and discover nature then this is the opportunity for you! Checkout the link below to apply.

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Can we borrow your copper pipe cutter for the 25th October 2020, please?

This is a call out to all pals of Three Hares…we need to borrow a copper pipe cutter for the 25th October when we build our solar thermal water heating system for hand washing at Three Hares (that’s this Sunday!)…if you have one and are happy to lend it out, please let us know. We will clean it properly after use!! Thaaaaaaanks.

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Scotland votes to end mass culling of Mountain Hares. June 2020

mountain hareOn Wednesday 17th June, after much pressure from conservationists, the Scottish Parliament voted to give Mountain Hares special protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

More on this story here:



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A wee pause…

bigstock-Conceptual-image-of-green-tree-81093914-660x408Hi all, this is the inevitable notification that due to the Covid-19 virus we will not be running any events at Three Hares for a little while until we have more of a grasp on the situation.

We had thought that some outdoor work like tree planting, done with properly acknowledged social distancing and with a small group, may have been able to continue this Sunday, 29th March, but obviously now with lockdown in place that will not be possible.

We will re-assess the situation as soon as lockdown is lifted, as we understand the benefits of being outdoors on physical and mental health, as well as the importance of continuing to look after the land and trees at Three Hares.

We have been looking at the possibility of running eco-therapy days for folk in need of it, NHS workers with burnout, as an example, and will keep you posted.  If you have any ideas or are interested in this please send an email to

In the mean time, if you can, appreciate the pause that this situation has brought.  Cheer on nature as it begins to heal itself.

Be well and keep in touch.

Much Springy love,

Hares xxx

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New Paid and Volunteer Opportunities at Three Hares Woodland!

We are in the final year of our initial 5 year lease engaging local communities with the Three Hares Woodland, around the values of Well being, Biodiversity and Education.

For us to secure a lease at £1/year for 99 years, we need to continue our community campfire days alongside further outreach to schools, local people and volunteer groups. It’s a very exciting time to get involved!

All applicants must be available for a training weekend 1st and 2nd February 2020. Project Coordinator applicants must be available for an interview on Sunday 26th January. 

  • Project Coordinator Role (1 paid position until at least June 2020, thereafter depending on funding)
    • Click here for Role Profile, Specification & Questionnaire.
  • Campfire Coordinators/Facilitators (1-6 paid facilitators to deliver two events per year)
    • Click here for Role Profile, Specification & Questionnaire.

Application deadline for above posts is Monday 20th January 2020. Please email with your questionnaire.

As per our most recent community consultation we have organised Friday afternoon forest school sessions for young people, supported by Scottish Wildlife Trust.

  • Environmental educators – Wildlife Watch Leaders, supported by Scottish Wildlife Trust (2-6 volunteers)
    • Click here for more information and to apply.

Hope to have you on our Harey team! 

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28th July 2019 – Community Campfire Day

hares campfire

28th July 12-4pm…

We are beginning the first of many free MONTHLY COMMUNITY CAMPFIRE DAYS on the 28th July.

Campfire days will be the LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH and will vary in flavour, from ecotherapy to foraging, conservation work (tree care to land care), heritage/identification skills and more. They will all include community, nature, learning and fire!

This day will revolve around prepping the land for PATH BUILDING AND PATH RESTORATION to begin improving access for wheelchair and buggies to your local woodland. We will begin this by building a path through the marshy section of the land that gets difficult to cross in the winter!

We will also do land/river care (LITTER PICKING) & tree care work, the latter using tools kindly up-cycled and donated by The Edinburgh Prison for us to use! Big thank you to the workers and we hope to use them for the first time this weekend.

please bring:
Food to share or not share, water and clothes for all Scottish weathers.

Number 15 bus leaves from Bruntsfield, alternatively the number 37 leaves from Princess Street.
Buses arrives to Glencorse barracks in 35-40 minutes (£1.70) & there will be clear signs from there.
Please post here if you are travelling from Edinburgh & we can coordinate bus trips and car shares.

Further location details:

If you have any questions please contact:

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Watch out here for more info about a skillshare day and communal meal with them at Three Hares Woodland.

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Compost Toilet Build. 8th, 9th,13th & 14th April 2019

No previous experience necessary!  Come down to Three Hares from midday on 8th and 9th April to help prep the site of our Compost Toilet.

The build will take place on the 13th and 14th April from 10am.  Just turn up at Three Hares and Tommy, who is heading the build, will let you know what to do.

Having this ‘comfort’ at Three Hares will make the site more accessible to many more groups.

This is a great opportunity to learn about compost toilets.

As always, bring whatever food and drink you will need for the day.


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