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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Musical Forest Launch…It Happened!

Makers and Musicians of The Musical Forest

Last Saturday, 8th October, we finally officially launched The Musical Forest. Thanks to our very own band The Musical Forest Allstars, to the makers, the funders and to those who came down to enjoy the music and their picnics!

If you wish to bring a group to the Musical Forest then let us know by emailing threehareswoodland@gmail.com The Musical Forest is always open though, so feel free to pop along anytime for a wee jam.

This is what it can sound like!:

Also, look out for more workshops at The Musical Forest. The next one is for kids 6+, on Wednesday 18th Oct, 11am-3pm. Book tickets with Trees And Seas Outdoor Adventures

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Ceilidh Time Has Arrived! Tomorrow, 15th Oct!!

You feeling the pull to be reeled and flung?! Three Hares Fundraising Ceilidh is happening! Tomorrow, 15th Oct at 7pm. It’s going to be a hoot!!

Tickets on the door, or to avoid disappointment buy here:


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Folklore and Felting This Saturday, 15th Oct, 12-4pm

A reminder we are hosting an outdoor storytelling and community crafting session celebrating Autumn, this Saturday at Three Hares from 12-4pm, continuing our year of Stories programme. All welcome!

Dougie Mackay will bring a selection of stories relating to the seasons and the craft in focus: felting.

Jenny Muirhead will lead a collective crafting piece, using wool to create a ‘felted’ piece of art representing imagery from one of the stories. All abilities welcome.

Arrival from 12, with crafting from 12.30.

Book a place:

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Thank you and Congratulations to Mona!

Mona Kastell has won Gold medal at the World Stage Design 2022 Awards in ‘Alternative Design’ for her set design for ‘Glimpsing Air Pockets'(pictured above), a Scottish immersive, multi-sensory dance theatre production bridging stage design with Nature connection to shape sustainable communities and wellbeing.

Creative Scotland funded Mona’s World Stage Design 2022 attendance in Calgary, Canada to exhibit her nominated Ecoscenographic set design and to work alongside international peers, lead ecological workshops, promote Ecostage (an online initiative to promote sustainable performing arts practice) and network to develop ecological design thinking in the international performing arts industry.

Mona included an extra fee as part of her funding application to be donated to a local Scottish woodland to help offset her international flight and encourage local environment regeneration for which she chose Three Hares Community Woodland.

Thank you, Mona, and congratulations!

See more of Mona’s work here:



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Musical Forest write up in Reforesting Scotland Journal!

Come help us celebrate the Musical Forest tomorrow (Sat 8th Oct 12-2pm) for our official Launch and picnic. Featuring our very own band The Musical Forest Allstars!

You can read all about the project in the recent edition of the Reforesting Scotland Journal. https://reforestingscotland.org/publications/journal/

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Musical Forest Official Launch THIS SATURDAY 8th October 12pm-2pm

Bring yourselves, bring the family, bring a picnic, to join us in celebrating the Three Hares Musical Forest.

We have had a few workshops happen here over the summer months, but have not had chance yet to officially open the new fantastic addition to Three Hares, so help us do it this Saturday 8th October, 12pm-2pm!

We will wake the fire and celebrate with stories of the instruments from Suleman Chebe, a chat from the building team, and a mini gig by our very own band, The Musical Forest Allstars. There will also be a chance for you to try out the instruments and sign up for the next Musical Forest Workshop.

If you have not been to Three Hares before, you can find out where we are by clicking here: https://three-hares-woodland.org/how-to-find-us/

To find the Musical Forest, keep walking past the main gate of Three Hares, towards Roslin on the public path (old railway) for another 5 minutes or so. You will see a smaller gate, enter here for the Musical Forest.

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Date Change Reminder

A wee reminder that September’s Volunteer Day is postponed until NEXT weekend, 2nd October, 11am-3pm.

We will then continue our usual pattern of Volunteer days being on the last Sunday of every month, 11am-3pm.

Next dates: 2nd Oct, 30th Oct, 27th Nov.

We will also take a break in December.

2nd Oct, join our Conservation Day Facilitator Eilidh and the Dirty Weekenders (Edinburgh Uni Conservation Society) for tree care and path maintenance.

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