Tickets Still Available for our Story Camp Event!

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

Our new Aframe shleter ready to accomdate anyone looking to avoid any rain showers
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Plant Paradise donate 200 native trees!

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.


Photo credit: Laura Bourjac

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Volunteer Opportunity

Hi everyone things have been getting a lot busier here at Three Hares recently and we want to be able to keep everyone up to date with our lastest exciting news. Therefore we’re looking for someone who has a few hours a week spare to help us keep our Facebook and wordpress site up to date. If this sounds like something you might enjoy and could help us with drop us an email at threehareswoodland@gmail.com

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Transforming tree canes into bee hotels

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.

Bee hotel made by Robert, Cohooley Woods, demonstrating how Three Hares tree canes can be upcycled for wildlife.

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Mezzanine build!

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 – emmae-w@hotmail.co.uk
  • Cross-cut cooperative instagram – @cross_cut_coop

Huge thank you to Scottish Forestry Community Grant for funding this build!

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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 (https://www.facebook.com/EdinUniLocal/) for the funding, to Leo (https://www.facebook.com/tradsignwriting) 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.

https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteering/wildlife-watch-leader-three-hares-woodland-roslin-2/

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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:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/18/scotland-to-ban-mass-culling-of-mountain-hares

 

 

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