As we come to the end of the year I wanted to keep you all updated on what looks to be an exciting year ahead in 2018. As with all new projects, it takes time to get wheels turning and interest expanding, and so it has been with ForestEd.
We are in the process of booking Chris Dee from Forest School Learning Initiative, UK, to run a Forest School Trainer Level 3 Workshop for 5 days. Chris came to Toowoomba and met with us in October. The proposed dates for the workshop training will be in the last week of October, 2018, from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th 2018. The cost will be $1995 per person and will include registration with the West Midlands Open Learning Network. We will have confirmation in January, next year when Chris has all her bookings available.
I will be running a Forest School Pilot program at a local kindy so keep an eye on the ForestEd website for lots of ideas for Early Education learners, educators and parents.
I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday break and Christmas from Denis and Antje at ForestEd Australia.
The Darling Downs Environment Council and the Environmental Defender’s Office with the support of Wilderness Australia and Wildlife Queensland, presented a disturbing, challenging and hopeful discussion on how we are losing our biodiversity in Queensland, through rampant deforestation; similar in magnitude to the deforestation happening in Brazil.
Peter McQueen, an Australian horticulturalist, addressed a concerned group of over 40 Toowoomba residents, and talked about the importance of saving and maintaining all trees, but in particular, the oldest ones in the Toowoomba area that are so famous for their greenery and beauty.
Judy Gray from Wildlife Queensland and Gemma Persman from the Wilderness Society spoke of their concerns about the loss of habitat and local fauna, such as the glider and koala population in our region.
A local Law Reform solicitor, Revel Pointon, spoke about how we can be vigilant and proactive by speaking up and contacting our local Council, if and when we see damage being done to heritage trees and our green spaces.
A local group, P.R.O.T.E.C.T. ( Protecting the Region of Toowoomba’s Environment Community and Trees ) has been formed. This group aims to keep watch over Toowoomba’s trees and green spaces.
For more information contact the Darling Downs Environment Council, and Environmental Defender’s Office.