Who we are
W.I.L.D. WOODLAND LEARNING
W.I.L.D. is a community interest company that has been created out of our love of nature and the desire to share this passion with local communities.
We are Gill Sisson and Linda Brown. We live in Glasgow and have one of the most beautiful and undiscovered parks on our doorstep to use, Linn Park Local Nature Reserve, a grand title which is fully deserved!
As Forest School Practitioners we can teach skills to anyone who comes to our sessions, focusing on how the park can be used for their own benefit and in turn how we can benefit the park. We inspire local people to use the park more, learn how they can conserve it, whilst connecting with nature and with each other.
We work with Friends of Linn Park (see Love Linn Park on Facebook) and the South Area Countryside Ranger for the City Council who both work tirelessly in aiding this wonderful Local Nature Reserve. W.I.L.D. is also registered as a Local Area Improvement Volunteer Group with Glasgow City Council Environmental Task Force.
What we do
“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. “
The Forest School Association
W.I.L.D’s Forest School will run as blocks of outdoor sessions led by our Forest School Practitioners. Sessions will continue right throughout the year in local urban woodland.
Our aim is to provide participants with the opportunity to explore and experience the natural world through play and practical activities which will help promote confidence, independence and self-esteem. Learning how to look after themselves, the people around them and the environment we live in.
By using the natural environment and the participant’s interests we hope to stimulate imagination, creativity and enquiry skills. Participants will work with tools, on self-initiated learning and understand boundaries of behaviour, both physical and social.
Where we are
LINN PARK LOCAL NATURE RESERVE
Linn Park is 6km south of the centre of Glasgow, and is the second largest park in the city. It is bounded by the communities of Castlemilk, Simshill, Croftfoot, Cathcart, Muirend and Netherlee.
Linn Park combines with other neighbouring greenspaces, such as Cart and Kittoch SSSI, Castlemilk Woodlands and Cathkin Braes, to form an extensive green corridor.
The diversity of wildlife, habitat and plant life within the park is truly outstanding in its urban city location. We feel incredibly fortunate to get to work in such beautiful woodland.
W.I.L.D. will always work to further the aims and vision of Linn Park Local Nature Reserve.
“Our Forest school sessions are a personal journey of Woodland Inspired Learning and Development".
Meet our practitioners
Gill is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader. She also holds a SVQ 4 Social Services (Children and Young People) @ SCQF Level 9 qualification along with a Level 3 Diploma for The Children and Young People’s Workforce. Gill also holds Outdoor Paediatric First Aid and Level 2 Food handling qualifications.
Linda is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader. She also holds an SVQ in Playwork SCQF Level 7 and a BA (Hons) 3D Design and Craft. Linda also holds an Emergency Outdoor First Aid qualification and Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene Cert. Both Gill & Linda hold current PVG's and are registered with the SSSC.