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Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund we were able to launch our “From Source to Sea” project in partnership with the Tay & Earn Trust at the beginning of this year. This opportunity is proving to be an invaluable experience for the young adults we support. They are learning about the heritage of the River Tay “from its source to the sea” in a hands on, interactive and fun way.
Our groups have been to the top of Kinnoul Hill to view the River Tay and the landscape from above, and draw maps of its route. They have been learning how to read maps, and have taken part in orienteering challenges.
All of the groups have visited the Crannog Centre on Loch Tay to find out what life was like during the Iron Age more than 2000 years ago, when the people shared their living space with their livestock
They had an opportunity to experience woodcraft as it would have been at that time, and try out log boats like the ones our ancestors would have used.
Our young people have been studying the wildlife in and around the Tay, and have found a particular interest in the reintroduction of beavers to the area (they have been following the beaver tracks and looking at evidence of where they hiding), and they have also had fun taking part in a survival challenge on the banks of the river, building shelters, building fires and cooking outdoors.
The groups are looking forward to what’s coming next and are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Tay & Earn Trust for making this experience possible.