Today’s Volunteer Day Sat 20th Cancelled

Massive apologies, but due to ill health there will be no facilitator for the Volunteer Day available today. If you still wish to head down, there are plenty of trees that need the competitive grasses removed from the base. So sorry not to be able to join you. Next month going ahead as usual on the last Sunday of the month, 25th June.

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Thank you, Dirties!!

Every year the Dirty Weekenders Conservation Society at the University of Edinburgh holds a fundraising ceilidh, and this year their committee voted to donate the proceeds to the Three Hares Community Woodland.

Thanks to the Dirty Weekenders, not only for the donation, but also for all the work they have put in at Three Hares, which they always do with such enthusiasm!

We look forward to having them back down at Three Hares soon!

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May Volunteer Day Date Change

This month we will be running our regular Volunteer Day on SATURDAY 20th MAY, rather than the usual last Sunday of the month. Same time 11am-3pm. Come join us if you can. Trees trees trees trees trees…

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Volunteer Sunday, April 30th

Join us at Three Hares this Sunday, 11am-3pm. Celebrate Beltane by getting your hands in the soil. Eilidh will be facilitating tree care and will wake the fire. Fingers crossed for sunshine!

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Welcome back, Venture Trust

This month we were glad to welcome back Venture Trust for more outdoor therapy training. The crew gave back to Three Hares by helping us nurture our newly planted trees with a day of tree care.

Venture Trust ‘use Scotland’s outdoors and work in communities to deliver intensive personal development for people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as involvement in the criminal justice system, long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness or risk of homelessness, isolation, and a history of trauma or harm.

We are so pleased to host Venture Trust at Three Hares, to support the great work they do, and appreciate the efforts they have put into helping to look after our trees!

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Trees? Yes Please!

This Volunteer Sunday at Three Hares (26th March) we planted more native broadleaf trees donated to us by TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) as part of their ‘I Dig Trees Campaign’ which aims to plant 1million trees in the UK each year.

Oak, Silver Birch, Hazel, Rowan, Alder…

We were joined by TreeSisters Edinburgh Grove who ‘gather in circle with other treesisters to explore Sisterhood, feminine Nature based leadership and… care and restoration.’ They are based at the Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh, welcome new members and are part of the global network of TreeSisters , ‘people coming together for the trees and funding the reforestation of the planet‘.

Next Volunteer Sunday is 30th April, 11am-3pm. See you there?

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Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow

Volunteer Sunday happening this Sunday 26th Feb, 11am-3pm. We have kindly been donated some Oak saplings, grown and nurtured by Three Hares volunteer Alison Whiteford (thanks Alison!). Come help us plant them, and tackle some other Three Hares site maintenance. As usual, bring whatever drinks and snacks you will need, appropriate footwear and work gloves if you have them.

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Volunteer Days Are Back!

Perhaps your New Years Resolution was to get fit, or to spend more time outdoors, or to connect with nature, or to help with some conservation projects? You could tick all those boxes by joining us at Three Hares this Sunday 29th January for our Volunteer Sunday! (last Sunday of every month 11am-3pm). No previous experience necessary!

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Venture Trust Outdoor Therapy Training

Back in September, Venture Trust held a two-day Outdoor Therapy training course at the Three Hares Community Woodland. The course was attended by counsellors and outdoor professionals from varying backgrounds. The participants enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the site to explore their inner and outer worlds and experiment with the use of metaphor and nature as co-facilitator/co-therapist in their practice.

Venture Trust’s Outdoor Therapy service aims to support people by combining the full range of benefits from time in nature and the outdoors with professional therapy to improve mental health and wellbeing. 

Outdoor Therapy is delivered in urban outdoor and green spaces such as parks, community gardens, woodlands, beaches, or local hills. It can help people gain perspective and reflect on past or current life events that are troubling. Metaphors offered by nature may develop into insight on feelings, relationships, and experiences. – Rich (Tilly) Tildesley, Venture Trust

Three Hares Woodland…was the perfect location in so many ways. When we were reflecting on running the training afterwards, we reflected that it couldn’t really have been more perfect. The site has such a wonderful variety of spaces, a firepit, the water, the hut, and the compost loo! – Katarina Horrox, Clinical Manager, Venture Trust

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Have you been to visit the Musical Forest yet?

Why not tie it in with helping us out on a Volunteer Day? They happen the last Sunday of every month. Next one is on Sunday 30th October! 11am-3pm. Help us look after our young trees, then go and bust out some rhythms!

Here is another video clip of our launch picnic on the 8th October, showing the Musical Forest Allstars in action! :

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