Woodland art day to ease move for primary pupils

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24 JUNE 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16294

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Pupils from five Aberdeenshire primary schools will get the chance to create and install their own “Magic Forest” artworks when they take part in a community art project.

Creating their artworks in advance, the schools will each have a day at Dunnottar woods during the last week of the school summer term (30th June - 4th July) to install their piece – and then enjoy a fun day of activities.

The partnership project involves Forestry Commission Scotland, whose team will be leading the activities, Mackie Academy and Alan Craig, from the Dunnottar Wood Bodgers. It is also part funded by the Lions Club in Stonehaven.

Emily Holmes, the Commission’s community ranger in the area, will lead the activities. Emily said;

“It’s going to be a fantastic day out and will help the pupils wind down from their last primary school year and gear up for their summer holidays.

“They’ll have loads of fun in the woods – and although they probably won’t even realize it, they’ll also be preparing for their first year at secondary…because it’s really a transition day in disguise!

“Secondary pupils from Mackie Academy will be taking part in ‘Bodgers Week’ activities, learning all about the traditional skills involved in working green wood (bodging), and they’ll hook up with the primary youngsters in the afternoon.

“It’s a great relaxed atmosphere for the children to meet up with older pupils and get to know them so that when they move up to ‘the big school’, there’ll be some faces they recognize. It’s a really good way to help them make that change to secondary life.”

The installed art works will be left in situ for a dew weeks during the holiday so that members of the public can enjoy them.

Notes to Editors
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk