Making, planting, connecting - to protect nature and nurture young people’s creativity

Bringing wellbeing, enterprise, making, nature connection and afforestation to life in the curriculum. 

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 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 promote climate change action through programmes of tree planting in the local community.

“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.”
Hilary Priest - Head teacher, The Grove School, Totnes

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how to videos

How to make a Wooden Coat Hook

Sean takes us through how to make a wooden coat hook from a found branch.
for teachers

Making a Wooden Tree with Sean Hellman

Woodright Sean Hellman shows us how to make a wooden tree.
what people think

Teachers Viewpoint - Michelle Horton

Michelle Horton - Secondary Design and Technology teacher from Coombeshead Academy, Newton Abbot, UK - shares her thoughts on educating outdoors and her experience of working in the Old Skills New Ways craft camp.

Parents Viewpoint - Ashburton Primary School Parents

Parents of students from Ashburton Primary School, Devon UK share their experiences of outdoors education from the Old Skills New Ways craft camp.

Students Viewpoint - Year 5 Ashburton Primary School, Devon UK

Students from Year 5 Ashburton Primary School, Devon UK share their experiences of outdoors education from the Old Skills New Ways craft camp.

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