Children’s Wood education group, which is made up of mostly local teachers, have helped to create an education pack as part of Tam’s Book’s on a Bike legacy. We’d like to thank Joni MacKay, Susie Marshall, Anna Cook, Claire Mceachran and Sorcha Dallas. The pack will be on our website soon, and we’ll be handing out some of these activities at our Garden Festival events on the 11th and 23rd of September.
The Children’s Wood will be hosting two events to celebrate Robert’s birthday.
The first event will be Burns for Bairns by Tam Dean Burn in the Children’s Wood at 2pm on Sunday 26th of January. Everyone is welcome. £2 donation.
The second event is a family burns supper and a ceilidh with Cosmic Ceilidh at 3pm, 26th January. Tickets must be bought in advance £12 per family. Children can enter our poetry competition – winners get a free family ticket.
We’re asking children to enter our poetry competition to celebrate Robert Burns birthday. Children are asked to write and Ode to the Children’s Wood. The winners will be given a family ticket for our Burns supper and ceilidh on the 26th of January, and their poems will be read out before the supper.
The Children’s Wood will be the outdoor venue for the screening of filmmaker David Bond’s film Project Wild Thing and the venue for Glasgow. Sue Palmer author of best selling book Toxic Childhood , will be at the screening and give a brief talk. Sue was involved with the making of Project WIld Thing and has been a ‘childhood campaigner’ for the last ten years.
Please wear warm clothing and bring something to sit on. There will be seating, but people can also pitch their own spot.
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PROJECT WILD THING is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly fragile
connection between children and nature.
David Bond is concerned. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day. He decides it’s time to get back to nature – literally. In an attempt to compete with the brands, which take up a third of his daughter’s life, Bond appoints himself Marketing Director
for Nature. Like any self-respecting salesman, he sets about developing a campaign and a logo. With the help of a number of bemused professionals, he is soon selling Nature to British families. His humorous journey unearths some painful truths about modern family life. His product is free, plentiful and has proven benefits – but is Nature past its sell-by date?
Film contributors include: naturalist CHRIS PACKHAM, Professor AGNES NAIRN, writer and environmentalist GEORGE MONBIOT, scientist JAAK PANKSEPP, writer JAY GRIFFITHS, Professor MICHAEL DEPLEDGE, advertising guru MICHAEL WOLFF, and brain scientist Prof. Baroness SUSAN GREENFIELD.
The release of the film will coincide with the launch of an ambitious, film-led campaign, PROJECT WILD THING: RECONNECTING KIDS AND NATURE. Bringing together organisations, companies and individuals, the campaign hopes to get all kids outdoors, enjoying the benefits of nature.
The campaign is supported by THE WILD NETWORK, a brand new collaborative movement of charities, corporations and individuals, all committed to reconnecting children in the UK with nature, founded by the National Trust, RSPB, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland, PlayBoard Northern Ireland, AMV BBDO, Green Lions and the BRITDOC Foundation and joined by scores of organisations and thousands of individuals who want to see kids enjoying the outdoors.
PROJECT WILD THING is an 82 mins Feature documentary. Cert PG TBC.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectwildthing Twitter: @wearewildthing / #ProjectWildThing
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Children’s Wood on Sunday. There were around 300 people in the wood to hear Tam Dean Burn read and sing Julia Donaldson’s story of The Stick Man. If you missed it, or if you would like to re-capture the moment then watch Tam’s video of the reading and song here
Log on to National Theatre of Scotland’s Five Minute Theatre tomorrow from 1pm to see Tam Dean Burn’s performance of the Gruffalo’s Child Song. Tam performed this song on the 24th June 2012 in the Children’s Wood on North Kelvin Meadow.
If you missed our Gruffalo event last Sunday, or if you want to re-capture the moment then here is a video of Tam reading the story in the wood.
Come and join us for The Gruffalo’s Child on Sunday 24th of June 2-4pm. There will be even more to do, including Gruffalo music, The Gruffalo’s Child story read by Tam again. Children (and adults!) can meet the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child. Plus the usual face painting, home baking and fun in the wood. Hope to see you there.