Old Skills New Ways was started to address the dramatic loss of making in schools and as a way to get children out of the classroom and connected with nature. It’s a project for children of all abilities and backgrounds to experience the joy of seasonal making in the woods with local craftspersons.
Since 2018 it’s grown into a partnership with woodland owners and local schools to develop young people's practical skills, nurture nature connection, foster wellbeing and tackle climate change through communal tree planting.
“We have seen first-hand the incredibly positive impact that Old Skills New Ways has had on young people, in terms of improving their confidence, mental health, self-esteem and how they view themselves as learners.”
Our woodland workshops invite participants to:
‘Flourish and Grow’ works to minimise the barriers to rural spaces and ensure that everyone feels welcome. We offer an effective nature based intervention programme for those children and young people in our communities experiencing the greatest challenges and lack of opportunity, namely: