|We love working with wood and feel inspired by it as a material. |
We hope that through our natural products creative woodland resources children can also experience the beauty and pleasure of natural wooden materials as ingredients for imaginative play and learning.
Who we are...
Kath about James....
"He is happiest working outdoors and especially when there is a project to get his teeth into. Over the past 15 years he has worked with community groups and schools helping them develop their outdoor spaces. He has coordinated and delivered a range of courses in living willow work, timber frame building, basket making and other green woodworking skills - for individuals and for clients such as The Great North Forest, BTCV and Durham Wildlife Trust. He is Forest School trained and has facilitated skills days and professional development for teachers and adult learners. . .
teaching geese to make baskets has proved to be his biggest challenge yet!"
James about Kath...
"Kath has a background in Arts and Education. She has worked with groups of all ages in communities and schools across the region, with a key focus on facilitating projects that promote a cretive approach to life, and a happy relationship with outdoors and the green environment.
Over the years she has worked for Community Arts Organisations, lectured part time in Higher Education, trained as an Early Years Teacher and become a Forest School Leader. She has been involved in many regional projects inspired by the work of the Reggio Amelia preschools of Italy and the Forest Schools of Denmak - projects that have focused on developing creative partnerships between arts practitioners and schools. Most recently she worked as Creative Coordinator at South Tyneside Early Excellence Children's Centre (now The Sue Hedley Nursery School) which is also the HighScope GB Research and Training Base, supporting creative projects involving children, staff, parents and the wider community. She has delivered training, and presented project work at conferences locally and nationally.
She has contributed to professional development programmes for Northumbria University and the Gateshead SCITT programe promoting the outdoor environment and creative approaches to teaching and learning."
James ands Kath live and work on their farm and have a woodland where they are building a timber frame cabin. They use both of these venues as course facilities for small groups.