Magical Woodland Walks, Forest School, Outdoor Learning CPD, Forest Circus, Bushcraft.

We provide site-specific events, performances, workshops and education materials designed to get people outside, having fun and learning about the environment in an interactive and inspiring way. We often work in areas of social deprivation and in areas where the local green spaces are abused and underused by local families.

Upcoming and recent events:


Imaginary Forests Tour

What has shopping and trapeze got in common?  They’re both part of an inspirational and exciting new theatre show touring shopping centres in the Central Belt. This interactive production uses trapeze, music, stilt walking and acrobatics to tell a magical story of how we’re all connected to nature.

Inspiring a connection to nature in unlikely settings is the idea behind this production, which is part of Scottish Natural Heritage’s EcoCoLIFE Project, with support from The Woodland Trust’s Street Trees Project. The show aims to bring local communities together, encouraging appreciation, care and connection with the natural environment, and raising awareness of the environmental, health and social benefits of nature.

It’s an inspirational FREE show for children and their families to experience the magic of nature, in an imaginative and entertaining way.

Imaginary Forests short film – Music by Orkestra del Sol

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Rowanbank was shortlisted for the Nature of Scotland Awards, in the youth and environment category, for our magical woodland walks.

Recent and up-coming projects include:

  • Tree Circus

Free family Fringe show 3pm on 3rd August with the Pianodrome, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

  • Magical woodland Walks: Ladywell Woods, Livingston; Craigmillar Castle; and Beeslack Woods, Penicuik

  • Magical Woodland Walk European Tour – Summer 2018

    Our forest circus family is travelling from Scotland, through England, Wales, Ireland, France and Spain, bringing our trapezes, fiddles, hula hoops, biodegradable faery dust and of course The Golden Teapot with us. Follow Rowanbank on Facebook to keep up to date with where we are and what we are up to…

  • Outdoor Learning CPD sessions

    for staff at Castleview, Niddriemill, St Francis Primary Schools and Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce (Edinburgh Gaelic School) in Edinburgh and Primary Schools in Falkirk and Livingston – as part of our Imaginary Forest Project – where lamp posts become giant oak trees, and lines on the playground floor are streams to jump across!..

  • Woodland discovery events

    For school children – Woodland Trust Scotland

  • Business in the Community – Edinburgh and Manchester

    Working with business volunteers to provide outdoor learning opportunities for primary school children from socially deprived communities.

  • Forest School sessions – Pilrig Park, Edinburgh

    Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce (Edinburgh Gaelic School)

  • Magical Woodland Walks

    Schools workshops and CPD sessions, woodland musical sculptures and performances funded by the Forestry Commission’s Community Fund.

Magical Woodland Walk from Tom Allan on Vimeo.

  • Holiday forest clubs – ‘Under the Sky’

  • Nature Play Conference

    Magical woodland walk workshop – City of Edinburgh Council

  • The Great Trossachs Forest project, Scottish Forest Alliance

    Development of education resources directly linked to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence (Levels 3, 4 and senior level). The Great Trossachs Forest project is one of the biggest woodland regeneration schemes in Europe.

  • Forestry Commission Scotland

    Raising Public Awareness of Woodland Biodiversity – workshops and education pack for Teachers and Countryside Rangers.

    CPD courses for teachers on ‘Wolf Brother’s Wild Woods’ and ‘Trees and the Scottish Enlightenment’ education resources.

  • Community performances, lantern procession and tree planting in urban woodlands

    Scottish Wildlife Trust, Cumbernauld

  • Magical woodland adventures

    WOMAD Festivals

  • Woodland performances for school children

    National Trust For Scotland

Living willow workshops

Trees and the ancient Gaelic alphabet

    A six week workshop series on the native trees of Scotland and their links to the Gaelic alphabet and traditions – Highland Council.

  • Edinburgh Science Festival performances

    Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Forest School outdoor clothing donations:

Polarn O’Pyret are very kindly supporting our forest school and nature play projects. Please post your donations of pre-loved (but good quality) waterproofs, thermals and fleeces (age 5 – 12 years) to:

Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education
11 Fidra Avenue, Dirleton, North Berwick, EH39 5DY

They can also be dropped off at the Polarn O’Pyret store in Jenners, Edinburgh.


  • Testimonials

    “This was a truly magical journey through the forest, opening up a imaginative world of old folklore and childhood dreams …”

    “It’s my experience that the Rowanbank team are professional, engaging, easy to work with and a hit with young and old. If you have an opportunity to work alongside Rowanbank, I would grab it, and be inspired too! Rowanbank’s inclusive, performance based woodland interpretation and storytelling never fails to create memorable, educational experiences for both adults and children…”

    — Community Engagement Manager, The Woodland Trust Scotland

    “Really inspirational and lots of useful ideas how to turn a walk into an adventure!”

    — Early Year Practitioner, Nature Play 2015

    “Rowanbank walk was amazing. I was transported back to my childhood , adventure, magic and fairies! BRILLIANT!”

    — Early Year Practitioner, Nature Play 2015

    “Not only did you inspire over 600 children but also countless school staff, helpers and WTS/FCS staff. Feedback has been amazing with many kids and adults saying it was their best trip ever!”

    — Woodland learning and community officer Woodland Trust Scotland/Forestry Commission Scotland

    “The event was wonderful – very well organised, educational, lots of fun and extremely magical – an experience which the children (and adults!) will remember for a long time.”

    — Primary School Teacher, Woodland Discovery Event, Dunbar

    “Thank you for taking us to Pressmennan wood it was fun. I want to go agin and my favrit fing was when the puppet popped up. Pressmennan woods was the biggest atvenchur of my lif.”

    — Max (age 7), Woodland Discovery event

    “Whilst working with Lucy and Arran to develop an environmental show in an urban woodland, I was impressed by their professional conduct, depth of environmental understanding and creative flair. The show was a huge success, bringing hundreds of people of all ages into the woodland, many for the first time, and inspiring them with a sense of wonder.”

    — Scottish Wildlife Trust

    “The wonderful company Rowanbank entranced children from local schools by unfurling themselves from up in the trees, operating puppets in the long grass and taking the children on an entertaining and educational trip through the woods. Absolutely charming…”

    “It really was a charming production, very well done and a great mix of education and magic.”

    “Lucy and Arran’s unique blend of environmental knowledge, participatory workshop & performance skills and sheer charm made them the ideal partners to help develop our project. The environmental lessons stimulated the imaginations of the children and their teachers in equal measures. They loved them and now love the forest!”

    — Shona Arthur, Highland Council
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    Rowanbank was shortlisted for an RSPB Nature of Scotland Award in the youth and environment category.


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