The North East OWL cluster group was initiated in 1997. It formed a Constitution in 2004 and in 2007 the group formulated a Partnership Agreement for its members to work together to increase the understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social, and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests (key themes within the Scottish Forestry Strategy). The group meets quarterly and is made up of interested individuals from the educational sector, providers of outdoor learning e.g. NESOLG, Mud Pies, Nature Nurture Project, Gardening 4 Kids, representatives from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, Forestry Commission Scotland, National Trust for Scotland and Glen Tanar Ranger Service.
In 2005 the North East OWL cluster group employed a Development Officer to increase awareness of and opportunity for woodland education in NE Scotland, and to support existing providers of outdoor learning in woodland environments (coinciding with the FC Woods for Learning strategy).
OWLNEG supports schools and communities delivering Outdoor Learning (such as Forest School, John Muir Award, Eco-schools, Active Schools etc.) in the Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire areas.
Our aim is to to help people of all ages understand why trees and forests are important.