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Summer holiday outdoor learning for children

Lots of children and their parents joined David in the woods for Environmental Learning and Bushcraft sessions at the Shortenhills Environmental Centre in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire.

We were natures detectives, identifying trees; feeling the bark, observing the shapes of the leaves, the colours and even the smells, and then we made string and bracelets from grass and stinging nettles – well done to you all. It was wonderful to see some of the youngest identifying the trees!

(This lovely short video was filmed and edited by Kirsty Feasey at Active-In)

David has teamed up with Shortenills which is part of the Adventure Learning Foundation and the great news is that these sessions have been funded by Public Health England in association with Active Bucks and Active-In, so they are FREE for the summer holidays!

More sessions at Shortenills each Tuesday throughout the summer holidays!

Environmental Learning and Bushcraft Sessions will be run on Tuesdays, starting at 3:45 and finishing at 5:45. They will be delivered so that parents and / or guardians participate and are actively involved and assist with their children’s learning.

Dates: Tuesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th August 2016

To book please contact Kirsty Feasey (mobile: 07710 095245, email: Kirsty.Feasey@active-in.co.uk) at Active-In – thank you

Bushcraft in Iron Age Roundhouse at The Chiltern Open Air Museum

The Chiltern Open Air Museum rescues threatened historic buildings, which would otherwise be demolished, and rebuilds and preserves them. David was invited to run Bushcraft sessions in their wonderful recreation of an Iron Age roundhouse.

Making string at the Chiltern Open Air Museum

Making string at the Chiltern Open Air Museum

The day began with baking bread in the cob oven, it was lovely to have the smell of fresh bread wafting around the roundhouse. David introduced children and adults to woodland crafts and teaching everyone how to make string from nettles – thank you to everyone who visited the Iron Age house at The Chiltern Open Air Museum.

Recreation of a Chiltern Iron Age Roundhouse

Recreation of a Chiltern Iron Age Roundhouse

There was lots of interest in making string from natural fibres. Having demonstrated how to process nettles to make cordage; peeling away the outer fibres from the pith, everyone had a go. They then we went on to twist those fibres to make a piece of string to take home.

Inside the Iron Age Roundhouse

Inside the Iron Age Roundhouse

In these pictures , you can see what it must have been like to live in an Iron Age Roundhouse. This one was built to the designs of those thought to have been in the Chilterns circa 50 AD, but is very similar to those that had been in use since 2500 BC.

Fresh bread baked in the Roundhouse

Fresh bread baked in the Roundhouse

Yes, it was a little smoky at times, especially when getting the oven fired up. But as soon as the fire was burning bright the air would clear – well comparatively! The roundhouses had no chimneys, the smoke would find its own way out through the thatch. Can you can see the round wooden door on the floor, this was the fridge and very good it was to at keeping my butter and cheese cool.