Looking for an affordable weekend escape from the city? Keen to explore beautiful, unexplored corners of Scotland? Look no further than a Woodland Weekend with New Caledonian Woodlands!
Why not learn new skills or hone existing ones in the great outdoors? Ideal for anyone without a garden or who is generally feeling disconnected from nature. Where else can you stay in a stately home or a converted horse stables?!
“The pruning and coppicing project allowed us a demonstration of very specific skills in our woodland. The volunteers learned more about woodland management and it was really good to have the assistance of so many willing hands, something we want to encourage.”
Margaret Fairgrieve, Gordon Community Woodland
6:00pm: Pick up from central Edinburgh (we can also pick you up along the way)
7:30pm: Stop off for fish and chips in a quaint town along the way
9:00pm: Arrive at our destination and relax while we sort out accommodation
8am: Hearty breakfast
9am: Woodland management and other conservation activities.
12:30pm: Picnic lunch
4pm: Head back to base to settle in for the night with some comfort food and a cuppa around the fire.
9am: Hearty breakfast
10am: Continue volunteer activities
12:30pm: Picnic lunch
2pm: Excursion or forest walk if time permits before heading back to Edinburgh.
6pm: Return to Edinburgh
We wrap up each day with a relaxing night of warm food, chilled tunes and good chat. Amidst lots of laughter and shared stories, we also do our bit to solve the world’s problems like climate change. Strangers have become friends and already the next Woodland Weekend is being pencilled into the diary.
We can guarantee you’ll have a lovely time on our Woodland Weekends!
Accommodation varies from tents in the summer, to stately homes in the colder months. However, most often we stay in heated village halls. Over the course of the weekend, we demonstrate how to use tools safely and ensure everyone keeps warm and energised with plenty of refreshment breaks.
During the summer months, we like to be more ambitious and go further afield to some of the Scottish islands and peninsulas. Since this takes more travel time, some of our weekends stretch to 3 or 4 days. Scotland is such a beautiful country with so much to see and so many woodlands to look after. Often we’re able to make a wee excursion to a feature of interest.