Willow Planting at Inveresk Lodge Garden


You are invited to help the Lothian Ranger Service plant a variety of willow at Inveresk Lodge Garden. Make the Labyrinth to get lost in and learn how to weave willow arts & crafts.

Sunday 26th January, 10am to 3pm.

FOC (but donations are welcome)


Tel: 08444 932 124  Email: lothianranger@nts.org.uk

Warm & waterproof clothing is a must.


First Aid in the Outdoors: Saturday 26th January

First aid
By Morgoth666 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Green Team is running First Aid in the Outdoors and have spaces available. If you are interested please get in touch with Mandy Craig: info@greenteam.org.uk, 0131 337 7227.

First Aid in the Outdoors
Saturday 26th January 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Slateford Green Community Hall
Cost: £60.00
Bring a packed lunch

A one day practical course delivered by Philip Bagnall. The course will include practical scenarios outside. Please be prepared to spend time outside in all weather conditions. The course includes:
• Unconscious casualty
• Recovery position
• Choking and Bleeding
• Shock and Hypothermia
• Burns / Heart Attack
• Resuscitation
• Contents of First Aid box
Certificates awarded to successful candidates are valid for three years.
The Green Team is a Scottish Charity No 29319

National Trust for Scotland CPD and Visits

ntsTo all teachers

Due to a review of all outdoor education and the implementation of this year’s ranger work plan by the National Trust for Scotland Lothian Ranger Service the following will take place in 2014.

1. CPD outdoor environmental education sessions will be offered to teachers at Newhailes Estate. Dates and programme to be forwarded to all schools in early February. Continue reading National Trust for Scotland CPD and Visits


These tournaments are massively popular because everyone in the school can take part and everyone wins prizes. The best players can then go through to the area MEGAFINAL and, skills permitting, to the NORTH/SOUTH GIGAFINAL and NATIONAL TERAFINAL!

In its first stage, the tournament is played once a week in school, either during a lunch break or in an after-school session. There is no travelling involved. Seven rounds are played, starting in the spring term, during which time children win badges, spots, mascots and other prizes. Rules of the tournament (given overleaf) have been kept simple, so that a teacher with only a basic knowledge of chess should be able to run it! All ages can take part and the qualifiers for the Megafinals are the top scorers in the tournament, plus leading girls and boys in 12 separate age groups from under 7 up to under 18

Full details and application form are here.

Appeal for local groups and organisations to participate in the John Muir Festival 2014

Appeal for local groups and organisations to participate in the John Muir Festival 2014

An invitation has been issued to local groups and organisations to take part in next year’s inaugural John Muir Festival.

The Festival – a key Homecoming Scotland event running from 17-26 April 2014 – celebrates the opening of the John Muir Way: a new coast to coast national pathway from Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar to Helensburgh. Continue reading Appeal for local groups and organisations to participate in the John Muir Festival 2014

Free Training: Skills For working with young people


Let’s Talk about Sex
9 September 2013, 7-9pm at Port Seton Centre
An introductory course for youth workers and other adults working with young people over the age of 12
Putting Children First
Wed 18 Sept 7.00-8.00pm Musselburgh East Community Centre or Mon 25 Nov 7.00-8.00pm Port Seton Community Centre
Designed for people who come into contact with children regularly in their work, volunteering or involvement in their community.

Principles and Practice of Youth Work
Starting 2 October 2013, 7-9pm (over 10 weeks) at Musselburgh East Community Centre
This course is designed for sessional and/or volunteer youth workers who may or may not have undertaken initial or induction training but who have up to two years direct youth work practice.

Duke of Edinburgh Leader Training
3 and 10 October 2013, 4:30 – 7:30pm
ELC Outdoor Learning Service Musselburgh
This session is aimed at any adult interested in volunteering to support young people through their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award

Counselling Skills for working with young people
24 & 31 October 2013, 6:30 – 9:30pm
at Musselburgh East Community Centre
The course is aimed at anyone working with young people who want to enhance the way they listen, communicate and respond

 to find out about courses go to:


Or request a printed version from CLDMusselburgh@eastlothian.gov.uk

or 0131 653 4060

You can also download our poster: youthwork poster (pdf)

The National Science + Engineering Competition 2013/14 is now open!

The National Science + Engineering Competition 2013/14 is now open!

Young people, aged 11-18, can enter a science, technology, engineering or maths project online by 31st October and could win prizes worth over £50k!

You can enter a team or individual project into the Science / Maths or Engineering / Technology streams. Projects can already have been created for school or another scheme/competition or you can make a new project to enter our Competition.

There are two ways to enter your project online;

  • Through a written submission about your project (maximum 4 pages)
  • Or by producing a film of your project (3-5 mins)

For more information about the online please see: www.nsecuk.org

Newhailes’ Green Learning Festival: places filling up fast!

  • Green Scene places are filling up fast!

  • There’s lots of interest from Edinburgh and elsewhere – don’t miss out!

  • “Buses for Bairns” can be used to claim up to £75 towards travel.

Green Scene is a two-day event for primary schools. It is taking place on the 11th September for P2 to P4 classes and 12th September for P5 to P7 classes. Full details are here.

The Scottish Women’s Convention are holding a free…

The Scottish Women’s Convention are holding a free “Roadshow Event” in the Bridge Centre, Haddington for local women in the East Lothian region on Wednesday 3rd July.

It would be most helpful if you could cascade the attached flier within your organisation and to your networks to encourage them to come along.

A brief outline of the purpose of the SWC is given on the attached leaflet and also below. Further information is available on our website.

Download flier: Haddington POSTER  (Adobe PDF, 1 page, 89KB)

via Isabelle Lannon, Network and Events Organiser, Scottish Women’s Convention

Scottish Learning Festival 2013: Registration now open

Registration for this year’s SLF is now open. SLF 2013 takes place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September in the SECC, Glasgow. Full details here.

The Scottish Learning Festival is the only free national education conference and exhibition in Scotland. Attended by educationalists from across Scotland and the world, SLF 2013 has something on offer for everyone involved in education.

The theme of SLF 2013 is Raising the Bar in Scotland – transforming lives through learning. SLF 2013 will enable practitioners to develop skills and expertise which will help them ensure they plan and deliver learning experiences which appropriately challenge and engage their learners and which support learners to achieve their potential.