Tullochan 'Future Choices' residential

Tullochan future choices

Twenty four young people from Tullochan’s Future Choices project took part in a residential at Wiston Lodge in Biggar.

Thanks to the local scouts who provided tents, the young people were able to camp at Wiston for 3 days while completing their John Muir Award. The young people took part in scavenger hunts, mini beast hunts, pond dipping and team building activities in order to ‘Explore a Wild Place’. As part of the conserve element of the award the young people helped Wiston Lodge create two new ponds. They built two bridges, flattened the land around the ponds and dug out scrapes which are mini ponds that help the wildlife migrate from one pond to another. The new pond area will enable other people including people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in pond dipping in a safe and fun environment. It will also be a safe place for wildlife and wild plants to grow and flourish. The young people will now share their experience to encourage others in the community to take part in the John Muir Award.

“I would like to thank Wiston Lodge for all their help in making this a great experience for our young people while completing their John Muir Award. Wiston Lodge were very accommodating and the food provided was amazing. Blaire our instructor was very helpful and encouraging to our young people and they have said it was it was an experience they will never forget.” ~Amanda Young, Tullochan Trust staff member

Feedback from some of the course participants:

“It was hard work and fun at the same time” ~Chantelle

“The food was really nice at Wiston Lodge” ~Megan Jamie

“Wiston Lodge residential was the best trip ever” ~Shantelle

“We helped make ponds where wildlife will grow. Frogs, bugs and plants will benefit from this so it felt good to finish it.” ~Erin

See more photos from the visit in our gallery