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Blarbuie Woodland Enterprise

18 March 2019

Blarbuie Woodland Enterprise manage 5 hectares of woodland. The woodland is open to all with local people using it as a place to relax, regenerate, learn new skills and improve fitness.

In 2017, they received funding from the A'Chruach Community Fund,  to help towards the costs of hiring a qualified woodsman, and to purchase new tools to establish a wood working club. Membership of the club is free and open to everyone, however they were particularly keen to attract those who suffer from loneliness. The club offers learning opportunities from a qualified woodsman, as well as volunteering opportunities.

The woodworking club has been a great success, with classes taking place in the community garden. The club covered a wide range of skills, basic joint making, chisel sharpening and stool making. All participants left the course, not only with a stool which they had made, but also an improved sense of well-being and achievement.

Participants commented “The course is brilliant, thoroughly recommended, great learning and great relaxation at the same time.” “It’s enjoyable, offering a relaxed atmosphere, friendly people, refreshing old and learning new skills.

 

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