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OWL Scotland Guidance for Landowners

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 08.13.14

As a woodland owner, you can open up your woods for learning. This guidance provides summary information on the use of woodland for outdoor and woodland learning. This includes what makes a good woodland site for learning, and what activities may take place. Legal and practical aspects are considered, including liability and insurance, risk assessment, safety, access and responsibilities, and further links to organisations, resources and funding are included. Local OWL groups and Forest School practitioners may find this useful for reference and to share with their local site manager/ owner.


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FEI Forest School Scotland - a context May 2013

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 05.29.13

This document provides background to date (May 2013) on FEI Forest School in Scotland. Sections cover 1. 'What is Forest School?' - the International, UK and Scotland context and 2. 'Forest School in Scotland today and its future direction' - national policy & context, education & learning, Forest Education Initiative, Forest School training, practice, and Forest School Scotland resources.This provides the context for the separate FEI Forest School Scotland Evaluation Framework document.

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Good Practice Guidlines for Work Experience Placements - Careers

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 12.11.12

These Good Practice Guidelines aim to assist those industry members who might consider working in partnership with schools/colleges to provide young people with the real life experience they require, before considering the forestry & timber industry as a journey/ career path to follow.  Such experience is of benefit - to the participant host, as well as the trainee – particularly increasing understanding of the opportunities available, within an industry with an ageing workforce.  However, it is known the regulations and legislation surrounding such experience, particularly for those under 16, can be off putting – these guidelines seek to reduce the burden, and help businesses get started.


The Guidelines have been developed to provide information on the steps that should be considered by employers before offering and/or hosting work experience placement/s, and to signpost them to sources of further information and advice.  It should be noted that they are for guidance only and that reference should always be made to the appropriate authority/agency should any specific questions be raised.


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Rural Skills [SCQF Level 4&5] Support Handbook: Trees, Timber & Forestry

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 12.11.12

This handbook is a guide for those interested in delivering these courses with a focus on forestry and timber rather than horticulture/agriculture.  It is particularly targeted to those centres south of the Highlands and Islands, where there has been dedicated support, funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  The handbook is not comprehensive, but aims to provide helpful, practical ideas, good practice, advice and information.  It provides one case study, but would benefit from additional examples – perhaps you can help? 

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Your Child and Forest School - Information for Parents and Carers (May 2012)

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 05.30.12

A guidance note for parents and carers with information about the background and practice of FEI Forest School in Scotland and benefits to the child, and how they as parents/ carers can get involved. It includes a section for the FEI Forest School Leader/ FEI Cluster Group to complete to provide local contact details.

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