In the lengthy hiatus since the last blog posting things have progressed apace. We are now operating as a registered charity under the name Be More Outdoors with Babes in the Wood, Colne Valley Bushcraft and Spoonrakers as projects under the charity.
We are about to move into our office in the village and have acquired the lease on a piece of land which should be much more secure as we go forward into our next phase of growth.
In the first year of BITW, there were 25 sessions delivered. In year two, 75 and this last year…126, plus various birthday parties, Family bushcraft sessions and adult carving sessions. We have a pool of five Forest Schools practitioners to draw from, innumerable volunteers keen to help out and a team of charity trustees working behind the scenes to ensure that all runs smoothly and that we never lose sight of out main goals to deliver interesting and engaging outdoor experiences to as wide a range of families as possible.
Saturday saw forty volunteers turn out over the course of the day in terrible weather to help create a path through dense undergrowth and establish a suitable camp fire circle area. We even had a crack team of ladies digging out a channel to help drain an particularly boggy area. One or two wellies might well have become adrift judging by the shrieks of laughter but the channel was dug and the water does flow.
On behalf of BMO I would like to thank everyone who turned up and we hope to see you all again at the next working party weekend.
Sunday saw the first session on the new site. A nice relaxed spot of spoon carving in the dappled sunshine under the trees at Spoonrakers 7.
All that remains to do (well not all obviously) is to get Holey Mole ensconced in his new gaff then let the joy commence