Tree art and Education - collaboration with Holyrood High school
Cavalry Park is one of the many areas suffering tree vandalism. Most recently a 260 year old landmark Beech tree had to be cut down after repeated fires weakened the base. The fires are now spreading to other trees including an ancient sweet chestnut (circa 350 years old). School jotters have been a regular fuel and the local park friends group would like to liaise with the local schoool on a project to both educate and engage on the local history involving these trees (which overlook an area where jacobite troops are said to have camped) , but also on the ongoing natural and envrionmnetal benefits mature trees provide. An artists commission to use the now felled tree as a medium for providing info and also involving school kids in the developement of what is ultimately displayed is what has been proposed. However despoite supportive inolvement of local councillors and council officers, the request for engagement with nearby Holyrood school has been rejected till some unspecified time down the line. Feels like the idea has just been kicked into the long grass by the school and may not now progress. I am not clear why. This learning opportunity, along with the funding and support offered from the local community were things I thought a school would these days be keen to embrace. But perhaps there are issues I am not aware of? Posting here in the hope that any teachers or education authority staff with knowledge of the problems this might create for a school can advise....what would be needed to engage the school and make this work?
Why the contribution is important
To Educate and engage local kids on the environemental and ecological benefits only mature trees can provide.
by Martin_at_edin_east on November 25, 2020 at 10:49AM