One hundred days from today the OneOak tree will be felled. This seemed a good opportunity to provide a general update on project progress.
The school visits have been going well and so far, all the children have enjoyed visiting the tree and learnt a lot about woodlands and trees. More posts from the schools will soon appear in the OneOak blog.
Some other news relating to people is that we are delighted to be working with Pathway Workshop. The team at Pathway support people with a wide range of disabilities in working to produce well-designed and expertly made wooden items. Not only do the team turn waste wood into beautiful and useful items, they help the employment prospects of their trainees. We are delighted to be working with Pathway.
The tree felling will take place in front of all our partners and project friends. Three hundred children from our six primary schools will come to watch, as will many of the future users of the tree’s wood. Planning for the event is going well. It is quite a challenge making sure that 400 guests will be able to see the tree when it is felled – and remain safe! There are also many logistical matters to arrange so that our guests will feel welcome and entertained.
We are making good progress with the ‘woodchain’ part of the project – finding partners who will take wood from the tree to make various products. We will soon be announcing an exciting project partnership with a high profile architectural firm.
We are delighted to have been invited to two major Oxfordshire events in 2010. This means that we will be able to take our project to an even wider audience.
Finally, two wonderful local artists have decided to cover the project – watch this space for more news!