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Countryside Learning Scotland relies entirely on the goodwill of individuals and the grant support we are awarded from trusts and foundations. We need continued financial support in order to carry out our aims and help people to learn about the countryside.
If you would like to make a donation, simply click the Donate button or complete the form below and return to us at; Countryside Learning Scotland, Room 5, 9 Reform Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6BD
Thank you for your support!
Countryside Learning Scotland relies on volunteers to enable us to help people to learn about the countryside. Our volunteers come from a variety of countryside backgrounds and possess a wide range of specialist knowledge, which enhances the learning experience. You can volunteer for a one off local opportunity or commit to support on a regular basis.
We require more volunteers to deliver classroom talks in primary and secondary schools across Scotland. Please complete the application form and send to the Event Coordinator if you can help.
Download the classroom speaker role profile. (file)
Download the volunteer application form. (file)
Case Study – Douglas Bonn
A primary school in Rosyth got in touch asking us to arrange for a speaker to talk to 10-11 year olds about countryside jobs to complement their topic on local employment opportunities.
Fife based Douglas is from a rural background, he works with Nickerson as a seed specialist engaging with farmers and estates on a day-to-day basis, he also owns his own farm and has diversified into horse livery. With a friendly manner and passion about reconnecting children with the countryside, Douglas volunteered to help out and delivered a 45 minute talk on countryside vocations to the class of twenty five P6’s.
Host a visit
- Do you own/manage a rural estate or business?
- Are you passionate about Scotland’s countryside?
- Could you or your team help children to learn about what’s happening in the countryside?
If the answer is yes, then please read on and contact us.
Countryside Learning Scotland provide opportunities for schools to visit the countryside but it would not be possible without the support of our growing network of supportive estate owners and managers who welcome us onto their land and into their world. We need more host venues so please contact the Event Coordinator to discuss hosting a visit.
We create an enjoyable educational visit, which engages meaningfully with young people and links to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We achieve this by working closely with the lead person from the estate to construct an inspiring countryside experience that does not disrupt the day-to-day running of the estate.
Case Study – Dupplin Estate, Perthshire
(Visit arranged in partnership with Countryside Learning)
Estate Manager Alexander Dewar hosted a visit to Dupplin Estate for two local primary schools in September 2013. 50 children took part and spent time with Raymond the estate gamekeeper who explained what is involved in his outdoor role managing the game and wildlife at Dupplin. With harvest in full swing and piles of wheat, barley and oats in the grain store, Alexander told the story of the production cycle of cereals through to the breakfast table. The estate has an established forest school and the final part of the day was spent in the woodland complete with a campfire. Alexander and his team commented, “ We really enjoyed welcoming the schools to Dupplin and are delighted to be playing our part in reconnecting children with the countryside in this way. We hope to welcome more groups in 2014”