(1) The participant’s change in behaviour and the acquiring of new skills or improvement of existing skills.
(2) The participant’s resulting learning and the increase in knowledge gained from the experience.
(3) The emotional reaction of the participant, their feelings and thoughts about the experience.
An integral part of the evaluation involved developing an impact framework looking at the interconnected skills development, nature connection, woodland management, well-being and educational strands of the project.
Students and teachers experienced an increased level of confidence in the ability to use tools and make things.
Students and teachers felt increased levels of calm and relaxation when walking and working in the woods.
Students and teachers experienced a new appreciation for trees (nature) following their experiences in the woods.
Teachers noticed an increase in levels of concentration amongst students that normally struggle.
Teachers noticed an improvement in students mental health and increased levels of self-esteem.
Students, teachers and craftspeople had fun in their making.
Students, teachers and craftspeople create a craft camp for week working in the with hand tools learning traditional woodcrafts. Children take the products they’ve made to sell at markets and fairs to raise funds to continue the project.
They learn about trees - woodland management and nature conservation, caring for them and how they support bio-diversity. They also learn about the benefits of being with trees and how they make us feel.
We urgently need more trees - 1.5 billion in the UK by 2050. So they are helping with that too, planting hundreds of trees and involving their friends and family, so that they can come back and make in the woods again with their grandchildren in 60 years time.
“This project made me feel really independent and free.”
Project partners; The Woodland Trust, Heritage Crafts Association, Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Devon Arts in Schools Initiative have undertaken to disseminate the key outcomes and impacts from the project via their regional, national and international networks.