Harvest Stories

Stories, songs and apples to inspire children about harvest and Scotland’s rich orchard heritage.

Harvest Stories can be tailored for school and community groups or family audiences.

The workshop is suitable for outdoor and indoor events, festivals, gala days and community celebrations. For outdoor bookings, please note we would require a gazebo or tent.

The content can be tailored for children aged 3-11.

Each session lasts 45 mins – 1hr 15mins (depending on age range). Up to 4 sessions can be delivered in 1 day.

Harvest Stories can be adapted to any time of year. Depending on the season we introduce stories and themes related to the phase of the agricultural year. The session can also be tailored to differing briefs/requirements.

Resources: Heritage apples for tasting and seeds/seed planting can be provided as part of the experience (subject to time of year).

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Contact

Please contact Creative Engagement Artist Saffron Gillies to discuss your requirements –
saffron@ecodrama.co.uk

Performer/Session Leader: Saffron Gillies

Director: Emily Reid

This engaging, interactive session introduces participants to a variety of Scottish grown produce, with a particular emphasis on heritage apples and their characterful names. Through storytelling, songs and drama games, participants explore the benefits of locally grown food and themes of food diversity and sharing, encouraging a connection with the natural world and the food we eat.  Children’s curiosity for planting and growing food will be sparked and learning motivated in Science, Social Studies and Health and Wellbeing, both in the classroom and in outdoor learning. If booked, the associated growing and orchard planting activities progress learning in the Eco Schools areas of Food & the Environment, Biodiversity and School Grounds and will compliment Learning for Sustainability.

Harvest Stories can be tailored for school & community groups or family audiences.

The workshop is suitable for outdoor and indoor events, festivals, gala days & community celebrations. For outdoor bookings, please note we would require a gazebo or tent.

The content can be tailored for children aged 3-11.

Each session lasts 45 mins – 1hr 15mins (depending on age range). Up to 4 sessions can be delivered in 1 day.

Harvest Stories can be adapted to any time of year. Depending on the season we introduce stories and themes related to the phase of the agricultural year. The session can also be tailored to differing briefs/requirements

Please contact Artistic Director Emily Reid to discuss your requirements.

Resources: Heritage apples for tasting and seeds/seed planting can be provided as part of the experience (subject to time of year).

Number of sessions to date: 12

Participants reached to date: 154

Harvest Stories was first created as part of a special commission for Lyth Arts Centre in 2022, part of the nationwide Dandelion programme. Sessions were delivered as part of Lyth’s Unexpected Garden in Caithness as well as at the Dandelion Festival Inverness.

Harvest Stories was adapted to be delivered for a group of P7 pupils at Insch Primary in March 2023. The session was booked by Fi & Jake Loveday, who sadly lost their 8 year old daughter suddenly. She loved drama and ecology, and so we delivered some tailored sessions with her P7 class peers. They planted an apple tree afterwards.

Childrens Wood Harvest Festival September 2023