Project news from Green Action skills training

Our latest Green Action programme kicked off with a challenging induction day at The Falkirk Wheel.

Volunteers got acquainted with each other through negotiating the group’s behavioural rules, untangling themselves from a rope web and learning to use an emergency throwline.

We finished off the day with a newspaper bridge-building contest. Bridge construction criteria required them to be high and wide enough for at least one member of the team to crawl through. That done, the bridge that supported the most plastic mugs was the supreme winner!

Laying career foundations

We are delighted to be able to offer our volunteers a one-day introduction to bricklaying course, provided by our friends at Forth Valley College.
This will give them an opportunity to try something new, learn new skills and will be a valuable addition to their CVs.

You can see the wood for the trees

Last week volunteers tackled a vegetation clearance task at The Falkirk Wheel – thinning out the trees between two car parks to improve security and the safety of visitors. It was a good introduction to tool use, teamwork and health and safety.
Opening up some space will allow more light to reach the ground which in turn will hopefully enhance the area’s biodiversity.

Coming up

Coming up – Volunteers begin the Employability in the Outdoors qualification this week and a First Aid course next week. As well as the bricklaying course in February we will also be working with Forestry Commission Scotland at Nethercroy wood in March.

For information, please contact Alan on 07768 951 740 or