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Natural Networks Farewell

Natural Networks Farewell

The year started with a bang…

And never disappointed from then on…

Lettuce tell you where we’ve bean and what we’re grown…

Since these trainees really are fun-guys…

Showcasing the birds,the bees, and the…Trying every trick in the book…and some highly skilled improv too…

Sometimes tying up in knots..

Not afraid to take a dip…

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A TREEmendous few months!

A TREEmendous few months!

September and October

Citizen Science at Gartnavel Hospital

The last few months have flown by, so much so that I haven’t blogged since September, and I bloomin love a good blog! I’ve been super busy delivering Citizen Science workshops to the masses! I have started running some wildlife workshops at Gartnavel Hospital with TCV’s Project Officer Mel who is based there. Mels role is all about getting more hospital patients and staff out exploring the amazing grounds around the campus and I am helping to get some biodiversity activities off the ground. This has included running themed lunchtime wildlife walks … Continue reading

There’s Snow Business Like Show(case) Business

There's Snow Business Like Show(case) Business

The last few months have been pretty hectic fitting in lots of community engagement activity and training around writing up my traineeship and exhibiting my highlights at the Natural Networks and Natural Talent Showcase in December.

Timely Training

My final training session this year has been courtesy of Living Streets who delivered an informative workshop on conducting community street audits.

Perfecting Presentations

TCV have also held a number of FEVA Forums in the last few months one of which I gave a presentation at talking about a Natural Network trainees’ perspective on delivering outdoor sessions for ethnic minority communities.

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Mind Walk

Mind Walk

The days are closing in. The weather is getting colder. Shop managers are itching to get those Christmas decorations up. Invertebrates? They are not gone just yet but I have started to see a reduction in numbers as many die off or go for a wee snooze over the winter (lucky guys!). So over the past couple of months I have tried to expand my own horizons by attending training courses and taking in part in other TCV events not directly related to my speciality (you hear that?! I have a speciality! Me!). It also allowed me to develop a … Continue reading

Lego! Oh and some productive work type things too.

Lego!  Oh and some productive work type things too.

I’ve been threatening to sit down and write a blog for the past month I think, it pops up in my diary as a “to do” every  Monday morning – and every Monday morning I think to myself, I must get that started this afternoon…

It’s been really busy here in Cumbernauld the past couple of months, and as far as I’m concerned busy is brilliant!

I’m pleased to say that I’m continuing my efforts to get outside as much as possible – aided and abetted by the rest of the trainees wherever possible.

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Thursday the 13th – Lucky for some?

Thursday the 13th - Lucky for some?

So despite having some time off to enjoy Scotland’s Autumnal displays, October has been host to some pivotal events.

Thursday the 13th in fact, was host to both the HLF bid deadline and our Natural Networks and Natural Talent Skills Share event.

I have continued to contribute to TCV’s Natural Health bid which, if successful, will support traineeships in future years. For the most part, I have been involved in collating research on the historic uses of green space towards health and well being and more recent policies and initiatives that drive the benefits of green prescribing for the environment … Continue reading

Highlights – Greenery & People!

Highlights - Greenery & People!

One of the best parts of the natural networks traineeship has been meeting so many open, funny and warm people in the older communities of West Lothian (even if they were a little – understandably – hesitant at first with my obsession with all things nature).

Here’s some of the green health in later life highlights:

Care homes – Bringing the outdoors indoors

You don’t have to go deep into the wilderness to bring about good memories and pride in your natural environment. In care homes, with residents living with dementia, we brought the outdoors indoors making bird feeders … Continue reading

Opening Doors To Success

Opening Doors To Success

So September has been awash with training courses, events, meetings, visits, HLF bid writing and of course the odd downpour but that won’t dampen a Natural Network’s trainee’s spirits.

Timely Training

The month began with 2 training courses run by TCV. The first was Exploring Nature with People with Disabilities which looked at innovative ways to allow people of all backgrounds to engage with nature and the second course was on Safeguard training.

Towards the end of the month I was also afforded the opportunity to assist TCV with a nature play session at Rouken Glen Park for children with autism.

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Having a WHALE of a time with TCV

Having a WHALE of a time with TCV

Hello again!

Thanks for coming back to my blog! It was a rather exciting coastal themed August for me.

What is wonderful about working for TCV, is that every now and then, you receive an email containing an absurd proposal. Some of the most exciting have included: ‘Would you mind paddling a canoe out into a lagoon towing a raft for rare birds to nest on?’, ‘Would you like to help build a dry stone wall in the deepest darkest remotest highlands of Scotland?’, and the most recent ‘Some Puffins need help on an Island off North Berwick, fancy it?’.

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Summer Summary (and a Salutation)

Summer Summary (and a Salutation)

With the temperatures finally dropping and the getting shorter despite all my pleas, it is time for me to look back at the last few months of my traineeship. Things have been interesting as ever, and I have been traveling quite a bit around the country, above and beyond my beloved Central Scotland.

Summer 2k16: the beginning

At the end of June I had the opportunity to attend the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (where I am based) annual forum at the Glasgow School of Art in Garnethill (where I live). It was great to walk a few minutes up … Continue reading