Beltane celebration

Thanks to everyone who came down on Saturday and the amazing Dougie Mackay for his storytelling and hosting and Paul Smith for showing and teaching everyone about natural fire lighting! What an amazing day!

This was part of our Visit Scotland Year of Stories public event series. We’re weaving storytelling with the turn of the seasons and will be hosting 3 more events centered around the Celtic festivals. Stay tuned for the next Midsummer Medicine one on June 12th for the celebration of Summer Solstice!

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Beltane Fire Event this Saturday!

Come and join us for a day of firemaking, storytelling and spring time revelry, this Saturday.

Storyteller Dougie Mackay will be assisted by some young tellers in sharing tales of how fire was brought to the land of mortals, from Til Na Nog, the Celtic otherworld by a little brown bird.

After hearing the tale, bushcraft expert Paul Smith will lead participants in methods of primitive fire lighting, from flint and steel to friction fire.

As well as time to wander and explore the woodland, we will gather around the fire to share stories and songs in an outdoor ceilidh style.

The event will run from 12pm till 4pm and tickets are on a sliding income scale of £0 to £8. If you need anyhelp with finding where we are please give us a message or facebook or email These can be purcheased through the eventbrite link here

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beltane-fire-at-the-three-hares-tickets-328051219027?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0wgSwhz6EFyjtytNrS0cETfMFPPuzteFud0xOtoxSVBjxJvlb3tbtNUzA

Hope to see you there!

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Building bridges, finding newts…

This is a good opportunity to introduce you to Eilidh, our new Conservation Facilitator at Three Hares who will be heading up the Volunteer Sundays from August. And as a good welcome, whilst building another bridge today on the main path from entrance gate to the hut, Eilidh found a wee newt. It made our day! Is it Smooth, Palmate or Great Crested? A reminder that volunteer days at Three Hares happen on the last Sunday of the month, and are open to all. Next session will be 29th May.

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Tickets live for youth storytelling programme!

We’re taking part in Visit Scotland’s Year of Stories and will be running an 8-day storytelling programme for 8 – 13 year olds from April to October at Three Hares Community Woodland, titled ‘Rekindling the Ceilidh’.

Following on from the success of our Story Camp in 2021, this programme will give the opportunity for older children to enjoy creative outdoor time in a welcoming environment, to hear stories and create some of their own. Fireside storytelling will be mixed with exploration, games and creative activities. The focus will be on wellbeing, nature connection and fun.

The camp will be facilitated by professional storyteller Dougie Mackay and outdoor facilitator Elly Kinross. Participants will also have the opportunity to perform at a serires of public storytelling and craft events at The Three Hares over the summer months.

Places are limited and booking is essential. Cost is £10/session. If cost of attending is a barrier or you require to pay per session rather than upfront, please get in touch at 3hareswoodland.funding@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you!

SCHEDULE:
Saturday 23rd April, 11am – 3pm
Saturday 14th May, 11am – 3pm
Saturday 18th June, 11am – 3pm
3 day summer programme: Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th July, 11am – 3pm
September, date TBC
October, date TBC

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Call out for artists submissions

Do you have an idea for an outdoor installation /sculpture that you would like to realise and install at Three Hares? We would like to hear from you.

Please send a submission email to Jess at threehareswoodland@gmail.com

This should include a description of your idea (with drawings or images), dimensions, cost, materials it will be made from and also some supporting photos of previous work along with an estimate of how much time you will need to complete the project. Please have in mind that the commission will be subject to us receiving funding, so please keep total costs to £2500 or under.

Deadline for entries is 24th April, 2022.

Share this with anyone you may think will be interested, thanks!

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This Sunday our volunteers…

Built a wee bridge over a burn at Three Hares to make access a little less soggy into the already established wooded area of the land. But what is in there, you ask? A great mix of native trees, a new coppiced area and…the new addition of the incredible Musical Forest. More details to be coming soon about the launch of this great project (11th/12th June), but for now a sneak peek and a massive thank you to Alice, Frazer, Mischa, Suleman and team for their hard work in creating such an awesome addition to Three Hares, with support from Creative Scotland.

A reminder that our volunteer days run on the last Sunday of every month, 11am-3pm. Open to all. Bring water, snacks, appropriate footwear and work gloves if you have them.

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Photographer Wanted For Commission

Our Musical Forest partnership project are looking for an Edinburgh based photographer experienced in nature / outdoor photography to do a days paid work photographing the Musical Forest and all the instruments once they’re installed. If this might be you, please get in touch with Alice at 3hareswoodland.funding@gmail.com.

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Sunday 27th Volunteer day

Monthly public Volunteer Day – This Sunday!

We have our monthly public volunteer day coming up this Sunday 27th, 11 – 3pm. We’ll be continuing tree care and building a bridge over a small burn to continue opening up the forested part of the woodland. This will also be the last opportunity to sign up to be a Three Hares Volunteer Conservation Facilitator*. We look forward to seeing many of you there, and remember the usual lunch, water, waterproof shoes and warm clothes (and maybe some sunscreen if we’re lucky and this Spring weather continues!).

*If you’re interesed in being a Volunteer Conservation Facilitator but can’t make this Sunday, please email us at threehareswoodland@gmail.com.

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Volunteering day this Sunday!

Join us this sunday the 27th from 11am till 3pm.

This Sunday we’ll be focussing on tree care. Giving all our sapling trees the best chance for the new growing season. Please bring warm and waterproof clothes, lunch and work gloves if you have them. Everyone is welcome to join for all or part of the day.

This is also a great chance to come along and chat to us about our new volunteering oppertunity for those who are interested. Feel free to speak to Struan who’s running this day for more infomation or if you can’t make it please give us an email letting us know you’re interested.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

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Conservation Facilitators Wanted

A re-shout out for folk to join our team as Conservation Volunteers. Time needed to commit is 3 Sundays per year, 11am-3pm. No previous experience needed as full training will be given. You must be comfortable working outdoors and facilitating a group of volunteers. More info on poster above. Send us an email if you are keen!! If you can’t make the training days get in touch anyway as we can sort something out. Would be good to hear from you!

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