Forest School Celebrations at Auchenshuggle

Pupils from Carmyle Primary enjoyed a celebration event at Auchenshuggle woodland after 12 classmates completed the Forest School Programme.

The primary six pupils who took part in Forest School shared their woodland learnings with the rest of their class while they enjoyed roasting marshmallows and building shelters.  

Forest Enterprise Scotland has recently carried out improvement works at Auchenshuggle to encourage greater use of the woodland by the local community.

Improvements include, an upgrade to the path network, a new entrance, wild flower seeding and tree planting carried out by primary six pupils from Carmyle Primary, all in an attempt to attract a wider range of local visitors. 

The Forest School programme is part of Auchenshuggle’s development and has been organised to help build stronger connections between the community and the woodland following the works.

Eilidh Malcolm, community ranger at Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “The works that have been going on at Auchenshuggle have helped make the site more welcoming and will hopefully attract more local people to come down and visit the site on a regular basis.

“The Forest School programme is part of this process and aims to work with children and schools to increase learning and encourage them to explore the outdoor environment, appreciate nature and benefit from an outdoor experience.”

Alison Booth, teacher at Carmyle Primary, said: “Taking part in the Forest School programme at Auchenshuggle has been great for the class. Learning outdoors provides lots of benefits, not just from a health point of view, but also the learning process and increased engagement.  The first group of 12 have loved it and we’re looking forward to taking more classes into the woods in the new term”.

Forest Enterprise Scotland has seen an increase in the number of visitors to the site following the works and the Forest School programme with pupils bringing their friends and families down to show them what they have learned and take a walk through the grounds. 

Eilidh continues: “We have been talking to the local community throughout our on-site work explain what improvements are taking place and how it will strengthen the offering at Auchenshuggle. Creating a new entrance to the site on London Road, opposite the KFC, has connected the woodland to the footpath which has made it much more accessible for people.  We have also covered up the old steps in a bid to deter anti-social behaviour.  We hope the changes will have a knock-on effect and will encourage more classes and families to visit the woods.”

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Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.