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Smelly Wellies take a trip to Auchenshuggle

Published on: Thursday 19th September 2013

Smelly Wellies take a trip to Auchenshuggle

Children and young people from Shettleston have been building shelters and learning all about trees and wildlife in Auchenshuggle Wood.

To help them discover more about their local woods youngsters from The Smelly Welly Club, run by The Shettleston Community Growing Project (SCGP), were asked to close their eyes and describe what they heard, felt and smelt in the Commonwealth Wood. Children, some as young as four, picked up on birds singing and wind whistling through trees and how this felt against their skin.

It wasn’t long before they were split into teams of Badgers, Foxes and Hedgehogs and asked to take part in the main activity of the day – shelter building.

Using materials from the woods and some sailcloth supplied by SCGP, the groups worked together to design and build a wigwam and shelter. A huge amount of fun was had by everyone.

Marion Bate from SCGP, said: “The overwhelming response was that it was a great day, which people were reluctant to see end. In fact a sleep over was suggested by many.

“When asked how they now saw the woodland, many in the group said they didn't think it would be so much fun, and several suggested that it was a great place to play and run and have a laugh. However, the most touching comment came from a young man with a poet's heart who described it as a place of beauty and happiness not just for animals but for us too!”

Would you like to build a shelter in your local Commonwealth Wood? You don’t need special equipment. Read our activities to find out more.


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