Since the Community Plan was written, one of SWMID’s goals has been to work toward providing more local play areas. This July, thanks to Woodland Tribe and funding from National Lottery Awards for All, we were able to go one step further and enable children to create a unique adventure playground of their own design!
Despite a rainy final day, nearly 40 local and visiting children travelled from all over Mull and Iona to take part during the 3-day building event in Tiroran Community Forest. Philip, our community forester, Emily and Emilie from the Ranger Service, and a few parents were on hand to help, but “not to hover like helicopters” as requested by the Woodland Tribe rules!
Woodland Tribe staff gave kids the tools, guidance, and freedom to create 4 structures themselves, including a tree house and a balance beam. One happy participant told us: “we got to decide what we wanted to build and to decide where to put the pieces of wood. My favourite was the treehouse. I hope the people come back again and we can build some more.”
The playground structures are semi-permanent so, with a little bit of care, they will stay standing in the forest for a few years. Hopefully we can add to them as time goes by.
The forest was buzzing with people again the following month for our Forest Fun Day, a part of the national Community Land Week celebrations; almost 70 people came along to celebrate our community’s ownership of the forest. As well as testing out the new playground, there was the chance to have a go at printing and ceramics with Julie Ward, a walk and talk about Tiroran’s wildlife and nature with John Clare, and some delicious cakes provided by the Bunessan Primary School Parent Council.