Impact Report

Through a combination of qualitative and quantitative evaluative methods we were able to measure:

(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.

Nature
Connection
Woodland
Management
Wellbeing
Traditional
Skills
Learning
Creativity

6 Key Elements

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.

Traditional Skills

Students and teachers experienced an increased level of confidence in the ability to use tools and make things.

Nature Connection

Students and teachers felt increased levels of calm and relaxation when walking and working in the woods.

Woodland Management

Students and teachers experienced a new appreciation for trees (nature) following their experiences in the woods.

Learning

Teachers noticed an increase in levels of concentration amongst students that normally struggle.

Wellbeing

Teachers noticed an improvement in students mental health and increased levels of self-esteem.

Creativity

Students, teachers and craftspeople had fun in their making.

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Nature
Connection
Woodland
Management
Developing
Enterprise
Traditional
Skills
Wellbeing

How it works

We’re working with 4 schools in Devon and have created a programme of making and nature connection embedded into the academic year for students.

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.”
Summer, age 11

Project Partners

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.

from the blog

May 9, 2020

Traditional craft skills help us to understand who are we are and where have we come from.

Traditional craft skills are an invisible thread to our ancestors. Traditional skills provide a link to our roots, they are part of our shared heritage.

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