Pishwanton Wood is a place of learning with a difference. Consisting of 60 acres (27 ha) of varied plant and animal habitat in a heavily glaciated landscape at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills in south-east Scotland, it has belonged to the Life Science Trust since 1996. The name ‘Pishwanton’ means ‘abundant waters’ after the multiplicity of springs on the land.
We at the Trust are trying to listen to this land: to care for and develop it in a way that marries the best of human intention for sustainable ecological action with what the land itself is trying to become. Since the Trust acquired Pishwanton, it has become a centre for environmental education, research and therapy, offering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to renew and deepen their relationship with nature. Using the Goethean Scientific holistic methodology we are exploring ways of integrating biodynamic land management – agriculture, horticulture, woodland management and conservation activities and building to create a practical demonstration of sustainable land use. We offer those who come here the chance to learn new skills while engaging in meaningful practical work. In 2013 we are offering a wide range of new Courses.
We are proud of the buildings designed by Christopher Day we have erected on the site. The outcome of a careful process of landscape study and consensus design led by Margaret Colquhoun and Christopher Day, they include the Craft Workshop, with its magnificent turfed grid-shell roof, and the Goethean Science Building, which serves as a teaching and herb processing space.
Pishwanton Wood is open to the public on week-days 10 am to 4 pm. Come and visit us, either just for a walk, or by appointment if you would like one of us to show you round; and if you like what you see come and join the hundreds of students and volunteers who have contributed thus far to this unique project.
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