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Wonderful Willow!

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Monmouthshire OLW network group members took part in a hands-on, practical workshop to improve their knowledge and skills in using willow as a learning resource.

The willow workshop took place on the 18th September at the beautiful Welsh Wildlife Trust site at Magor Marsh.

The 11 participants spent time trying out 5 different willow activities, learning about the properties and uses of willow.

The network group used the small project fund to buy in a skilled leader, Natalie Waller, and for the materials used during the session. Donna Squirrel, group secretary said “Natalie did a wonderful job of demonstrating and was very welcoming!”

Everyone also took away an amount of willow to practice and consolidate their learning by teaching their new skills to the children and young people they work with.

To finish up the session the group spent time networking and sharing ideas about their current outdoor learning activities.

The group are hoping to build on this successful event to provide the membership with more opportunities to learn new outdoor learning skills through designing a Large Project application which has just been submitted.

The group Chair, Mark Langley pointed out that “There were plenty of positive responses about the large project fund plans!”

If successful the group hope that the project will provide a series of similar, high quality, CPD events for members to enjoy and learn from.