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Education and Learning Award 2018

This Award is to encourage and reward schools, colleges, universities, and other recognised education and training providers, who increase awareness, understanding and skills relating to the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodland, and forests and who may also demonstrate the link between trees and wood products. 

Gold: Design + Make MArch/MSc, The Architectural Association, Hooke Park, Beaminster, Dorset

Joint Silver:

Madley Primary School, Madley, Herefordshire.

Neroche Woodlanders, based at Young Wood, near Taunton, Somerset

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 Innovative design from local timber Jez Ralph, centre, receives the award with, from left, RFS President Andrew Woods and Alun Watkins from PEFC with architect/presenter Piers Taylor right 

 

Gold: Design + Make MArch/MSc, The Architectural Association, Hooke Park, Beaminster, Dorset

Judges described Hooke Park as being “One of a kind” and praised the Design + Make programme for the way students are encouraged to be innovative and creative, saying “everything about this project demonstrated a high quality, sustainable and positive approach to ensure the longevity of the site as a learning resource for innovative architecture.”

The 130ha Hooke Park is mixed woodland owned by the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, as an education charity with the aim of continuing the experimentation and education of young people in the use of timber in architectural applications.

The connection to the forest is vital to teaching at Hooke Park with students able to understand the use of variable quality materials and to explore the wide range of wood types from the forest rather than use conventional quality or regularised timber for construction.

The main education focus are the masters level courses in Design + Make. As well as the resource of a mixed woodland, the campus has a saw mill, drying kiln and joinery workshops Students also use 3d scanning in the forest to optimise material use on buildings and use a robotic arm in fabrication of complex timber elements.

More details at: http://hookepark.aaschool.ac.uk/ 


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Madley Primary School Year 6 work on their legacy project Becca Preece and Charlotte Paton, centre, receive the award with, from left, RFS President Andrew Woods  and Alun Watkins from PEFC with architect/presenter Piers Taylor right 

 

Joint Silver: Madley Primary School, Madley, Herefordshire.

The 240 strong primary school won joint silver for its programme described as ‘Beyond forest school – the wider curriculum.’

Judges praised the school: “The Forest School ethos has been embedded into everyday life. The regular contact and teaching in the outdoors mixed with child led learning for all year groups really stood out.”

The School uses Brampton Wood on the Duchy of Cornwall Estate for outdoor learning. Despite being a rural school, many of the children come from urban areas.

Activities vary culminating in a Year 6 with a legacy project – this year the children used real tools in construction to make benches both for their Legacy Restaurant and also to sell.


 

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Neroche Woodlanders: working with nature to fire spirits, kindle community and foster wellbeing Gavin Saunders,centre, and Rob Greenhalgh,far right, receive the award with, from left, RFS President Andrew Woods and Alun Watkins from PEFC with architect/presenter Piers Taylor right  

 

Joint Silver:  Neroche Woodlanders, based at Young Wood, near Taunton, Somerset

Neroche Woodlanders is a social enterprise which leases its woodland from the Forestry Commission in Somerset.

Judges said: “This project demonstrates how working in partnership can bring benefits to both parties. The small scale woodland management techniques carried out by the group help the surrounding wildlife to flourish whilst the participants undertaking the tasks have a positive and empowering setting to work in…. The impact this project is having on the local community is an asset to the success of the enterprise.”

Neroche Woodlanders was established as a Community Benefit Society in 2012.  It leases land known as Young Wood within the Forestry Commission’s Neroche estate on the Blackdown Hills.

Educational, volunteering and community activities are all focused around a mission to ‘work with nature to fire spirits, kindle community and foster wellbeing’.  Hands-on learning encourages people to engage with the woodland and take that experience into their everyday lives.  This is achieved through courses, longer programmes and regular volunteer days. 

Some of those who have attended have commented:

“I have sorted out how I feel mentally after being here. I feel I think things through better. I feel more able to anticipate negative reactions.”

“I enjoyed looking at different kinds of bees and flowers and finding new things.”

“When my children are up at the woods, they are much more themselves. They are more confident and content and are much more willing to sort out disagreements with their siblings or other children.”

This award was sponsored by

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