Forest Schools

This project brings learning to life through an outdoor classroom approach, where pupils learn new skills and gain confidence through connection with woodlands. 

ELGT work with staff to create and deliver 6 taster sessions for each group, to encourage pupils to experience outdoor learning and take part in woodland-based activities introducing the children to the outdoor space available in their local area.

The sessions aimed to:
• To increase usage and quality of open spaces
• To encourage outdoor and environmental education
• To improve health and wellbeing
• To encourage positive outdoor activities such as walking, environmental education and natural play
• To increase the number and quality of greenspaces
• To foster community pride and ownership and help to create stronger communities
• Reduce anti social behaviour
• Improve woodland and habitats

Activities included knot work, tree I.D., shelter building, furniture making, green men of the forest, tasting elderflower cordial, smelly woodland cocktails using storm kettles and fire-making, conservation work, photography, story sticks, scavenger hunts leaf crown making, bark rubbing and puppet making.

On reflection the schools were glad to have had the opportunity of the ‘taster’ Forest Schools and now hope to build upon the experience. The sessions gave the children ‘life lessons’ such as teamwork and environmental responsibility as well as giving them a greater understanding of nature, the wider world and their place within it. The children really enjoyed the practical work of building shelters and creating environmental artwork.

Publication scheme

Edinburgh & Lothians Greensapce Trust is covered by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Under the Act, anyone can ask for information from us. We take part in the the Model Publication Scheme. The publication scheme shows what sort of information we hold and how you can get it. The scheme covers the period from April 2015 to end May 2019.

For those those wishing to make a request for information in paper form, please contact us.

The following documents are available as PDFs for download:

There are currently three open job vacancies with ELGT: we are looking for a Shale Trail Project Manager, a Finance & Office Manager and a Projects Officer. Please see below for more details on each role.

To apply for any of these vacancies, please download an application form and return to us by the date specified.



Part-time, 28 hours/week; £30,000 (pro rata); temporary contract to October 2020
Closing date: Monday 29 April, 5pm

We are looking to appoint a part-time Shale Trail Project Manager to oversee all aspects of development and delivery of the new Shale Trail project in West Lothian.

ELGT Job Advert Shale Trail Apr 2019
ELGT Shale Trail Project Manager Job Pack


Part-time, 30 hours/week; £28,000 (pro rata)
Closing date: Wednesday 1 May, 12noon

We are looking to appoint a new Finance & Office Manager to have responsibility for financial and accounting functions and to assist the Chief Executive in the smooth and efficient operation of the Trust.

ELGT Job Advert Finance Office Manager Apr 2019
ELGT Finance Office Manager Job Pack Apr 2019


Full-time, 35 hours/week; £25,000
Closing date: Wednesday 1 May, 12noon

We are looking to appoint a Projects Officer to assist the Project Programme Manager in the delivery and development of greenspace and other woodland and green network projects as part of the ELGT annual work programme.

ELGT Job Advert Projects Officer Apr 2019
ELGT Projects Officer Job Pack

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