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ROWAN - Respect Our Woodland and Nature
The ROWAN project encourages people to enjoy the benefits of being close to nature and the sense of wellbeing it offers. It’s one of the services delivered by Health in Mind’s Orchard Centre Services which operate throughout Midlothian and are funded by Midlothian Council.

The project offers people a chance to participate in conserving local woodland and walkways for the benefit of the wider community and as well as offering hands-on gardening, it offers health walks and an opportunity to learn about woodland skills and environmental issues.

The ROWAN project was inspired by Branching Out which was a joint initiative between New Caledonian Woodlands, Orchard Centre Services and the Forestry Commission (Scotland) where members engaged in health walks, bushcraft, conservation and environmental art. Now, the ROWAN project group works with the Midlothian Rangers Service and the Forestry Commission to run the Project.

Members of ROWAN can attend Branching Out activities and these can lead to gaining a John Muir Discovery Award as well as further training through Rural Skills. Many ROWAN project members have gained their John Muir Discovery Awards and really enjoyed working for them.

Currently, ROWAN is involved in conservation activities with the local Ranger service at Roslin Glen, the Bonnyrigg Footpaths Initiative, the Midlothian Community Hospital Garden Project, the Secret Garden in Dalkeith and the Lost Garden of Penicuik.

Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People's Postcode Lottery.

Our project received £18,000 from the Trust to support and further develop our conservation work in Midlothian.