Last weekend The Three Hares had the pleasure of welcoming Kyria arts for a couple of days rest stop before the last leg of their (long!) journey to COP26. Kyria arts have been walking from the south of England to Scotland over the last few months in time for the UN climate conference which starts this week in Glasgow.
The walkers have been gathering stories, dreams and hopes from people they’ve met along the way to create a final performance piece to be presented during COP26 which reflects the people and land which made up their jouney.
Dougie Mackay storyteller and other Scottish residents gathered at Three Hares to welcome them for a day of storytelling, performance exchanges and fire gathering.
We wish them luck on their final journey to Glasgow, and hope to catch their final performance!
As the nights start to draw in we know how important it is to get out in nature and this weekend we have not one but TWO events to do just that! The first event called ‘Listening to the Land’ … Continue reading →
It’s only 3 days till the start of out story camp event. We still have a few tickets available so if you have a 9-12 year old then why not sign them up! The event starts on Wednesday so if you know anyone who might be interested please share this with them. It will be a fun and varied 3 days with story telling, fire lighting, games, playing in the river, and exploring the woods. We will have an experienced staff and volunteer team of three so your children will be well looked after. Tickets are £15 but if this is a barrier to your childs attendance please just let us know. We also have our new aframe installed so are ready for whatever the weather throws at us! To get tickets and for more information just follow this link https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5143521
As we’re in the midst of summer which for new woodland creation projects means there’s a lot of tree care to be getting on with, we reflect back to the end of this years tree planting season at The Three Hares.
Rewind to April where we hosted a wonderful tree planting event in partnership with Plant Paradise. They kindly donated 200 native broadleaf trees which were enthusiastically planted by a team of volunteers on one of the sunniest days of the year so far!
Plant Paradise are a non-profit organisation developing a web platform that connects volunteers with tree planting and greening projects. This tree planting event marked the testing of the pilot version of their platform before the full launch at the end of this year. Check out their Facebook page for more information, and while next visiting the land see if you can find the newly planted trees.
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Anyone who’s been lucky enough to recieve free native trees over the years also probably recieved an abundance of canes and spiral tree guards. We’ve seen lots of creative ways the canes can be put to good use after the trees out grow them, with a recent favourite being the creation of bee hotels!
Robert from Cohooley woods collected some of our old canes a few weeks ago and quickly whipped up these beautiful bee hotels. Bee hotels help support solitary bees who are important pollinators in our landscapes. These wild bees do not form colonies but nest alone and can take up residence in bamboo canes and other human-made tubular holes.
Making bee hotels can be a fun task for all. If you’d like to try building your own, check out Nature Scot’s guidance on best practice to increase the chances of your home being occupied.
If you want to see more of Robert’s wood work check out his Woodland Crafts Facebook page where funds go towards supporting Cohooley community woodland project.
We got more storage! In 2018 at the start of becaming stewards of The Three Hares land a beautiful Roundwood Hut was built. This has been a great gathering and storage space over the years, but recently we’ve needed more space.
Thanks to Emma Elliott-Walker, a carpenter and off-grid community builder, we recently installed a new mezzanine inside the Hut. This extra storage space will allow us to continue to use the hut for a rainy-day shelter option.
To check out other work Emma does, you can find them at:
Personal instagram – @emma_elliottwalker
Email – email@example.com
Cross-cut cooperative instagram – @cross_cut_coop
Huge thank you to Scottish Forestry Community Grant for funding this build!
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:
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