Callanders Woodland Activity Programme

Week 4

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On Wednesday 23rd August Wheatland's residents participated in our fifth week of the Woodland Activity Programme. This is run by the Forestry Commission in Callendar Woods.


Once we reached the campsite we all worked together to set up camp. We placed the seats, collected fire wood for the fire, and got the Kellie kettles ready. Now we could sit down, relax and enjoy a well deserved cup of tea or coffee.Whilst everyone spokewe welcomed new faces to our woodland community.


After we sang some songs ,and were satisfied, we then participated in an activity.We wereinstructed to use our imagination and create a picture using anything in the woodland we could find. Imaginations went wild, all the participants worked in teams to collect materials and create beautiful pictures on the woodland floor using branches as frames.


Before anyone knew it, it was lunch time and we all settled down to eat our lunch. The rangers showed us how to toast sandwiches on the open campfire.We sat enjoying the sounds of the birds, and the crackling of the fire. We all enjoyed another hot drink and took turns putting fuel in the fire to keep any midgies at bay. The Rangers told us all about John Muir and the origins of the large tree's of Callendar wood, such as huge Douglas Fir that had fallen down but continued to grow upwards. Any tree that has fallen over but continues to grow upwards is called a phoenix tree.


Time seemed to pass bytoo quickly for everyone's liking this week. As we prepared to leave we gathered some leaves and pinecones to display at Wheatland's Care Home for our participants to see.


These types of activities appear to be very beneficial to our residents. We have observed positive communication from those individuals living with dementia. They have formed a community spirit and connection with others,telling each other memories from their pasts with enthusiasm. Being outdoors is  beneficial to an individual that enjoys the outdoors. It promotes activities such as active walking, collecting wood and exploring the great outdoors.



Maria O'Rourke