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£7,500 from the Pot Aur Fund

New Forestry Education Initiative, North East Wales

The purpose of Pot Aur, (Welsh for ‘Pot of Gold’) - the Goldsmiths’ Company grant scheme managed by The Community Foundation in Wales - was to support small voluntary organisations and community groups in North Wales to develop proposals to access European Funding and other sources of funding more efficiently.

The New Forestry Education Initiative was established in 2001.  Its aim is to promote the use of woodlands as an educational resource.

The members of the team co-ordinate the training of Forest-School leaders, and the development of Forest Schools with youth clubs, local schools and out-of-school clubs. 

The programme promotes social and educational inclusion so that pupils can improve their self-esteem, team-building and problem solving skills.

 North Wales Pot Aur Project

In June 2004, the New Forestry Education Initiative received the Pot Aur grant towards consultation and research work to develop the project.

The proposed project included building a permanent base for the organisation in Plas Derw, fund a Forest School Trainer, appoint full time Forest Leaders and provide events to increase knowledge, exchange ideas and best practice.

The work done already has had an extremely positive impact on schools and youth groups in the area.   

The Pot Aur grant has enabled them to secure to date, additional funds of £243,000 with anticipated further funds of £980.000.

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