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Four Winds Inspiration Centre

Four Winds Inspiration Centre is an environmental, education and craft based charity located in Edinburgh. Established in 1998, we are a grass roots organisation, working for the benefit of present and future generations in line with Local Agenda 21, the Global / Local Action Plan for Sustainable Living, arising from the Earth Summit [Rio de Janeiro 1992]. We aim to provide a platform for positive community action and interaction in relation to important social and environmental issues. The backbone of the project is the utilisation of a percentage of the City's waste wood resource ~ arising as a result of the annual City of Edinburgh Council Dutch Elm Disease control programme and other tree management.

The project creates sculptures, benches, window boxes etc. from the felled elm timber. Each product is individually created ~ designed to suit your needs, premises / site and budget. We will discuss your chosen theme, e.g. flora, fauna, abstract etc. and then produce a unique item especially for you.

We are able to give demonstrations at your site (landscape permitting) prior to the production of the item as well as providing the delivery with a flourish! This could be in the form of finishing the article with the children's involvement or providing a musical fanfare for the installation. We can supply estimates and quotations in writing to facilitate fund raising or grant applications.

Volunteers are invited to join us to undertake various tasks.

Helping us debark the elm: the bark must be removed and burnt to prevent the spread of Dutch Elm Disease.

Publicity: we need help circulating information about our craft classes and distributing our programmes.

Gardening: help us in our demonstration garden. We are developing the garden in many ways and often need help with potting, weeding, planting, tidying etc.

Site tidying: it is an ongoing task to keep our beautiful site tidy. Help us by spreading wood chips and preparing the area for visitors.

Activities: we provide activities for people with special needs, disabilities, etc. At times there are opportunities to become involved in these sessions.

What we can produce:

Custom Constructed and Carved benches, tables, window boxes, bowers, bowls, shelves, sculptures, mushrooms, animals … for homes, gardens or playgrounds. We can produce individual items to suit your budget. We are happy to undertake Commissions and upgrade school playgrounds etc with the involvement of teachers / pupils / parents.


Each project is individually designed to your requirements and can involve on site demonstrations, interaction and activity / interpretative visits to Four Winds .

Courses / Sessions Available through Four Winds

We can provide sessions for your class, club, group and, organisation in covering a number of individual crafts that include Environmental Education, Renewable Energy , Wilderness Survival, Earth Skills, African Drumming, stress management and Team Building and Celebrating Self.

Wind Turbine Construction

Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd Feb 2003, 10am ~ 5pm.

£210.00 per place. Six day course with Hugh Piggott This workshop will inspire, empower, and inform participants who wish to learn about small wind turbine design and safe construction. It caters for people from all backgrounds, age-groups, nationalities, and educational levels. We would hope to complete two wind turbines during the project, and make progress with others. Each day, a modest amount of theoretical introduction will lead to opportunities to gain hands-on experience: carving wooden blades; winding coils and fitting magnets into purpose built alternators; wiring; fabrication; erection, etc. as time allows. Participants who bring their own ideas and materials are welcome: they will be able to take the complete (or partially complete)components home with them.

Please see attached document for outline of classes on offer.

Woodland Management

Working in association with Woodfellas ~ specialists in native woodland design, establishment and maintenance. We can offer an integrated management and contracting service based on holistic ecological principles and embracing forestry industry standards and guidelines. We also design and install compost toilets!

Tree Surgery and Milling

With the services of Lumberjills and Trevor Betchels' On Site Sawmilling. All aspects of tree work undertaken and expert milling of your timber at your location.

Environmental Landscaping

Wildlife, sensory and herbal gardens are just some of the examples of land management we can offer. Working with David Langton ~ from design to construction we can offer a complete 'gardening' service to transform your site. Raised beds, water features, willow sculptures e.g. domes, tunnels, bowers...

Environmental Education

Joining forces with Earth Calling, we are now able to offer you an outstanding all round service.

Curriculum linked sessions and activities tailor-made to your requirements. Including development of playgrounds and wildlife areas with tutorials, interpretative materials and crafts. Learning about our environment has never been so much fun!

Tomorrow's Power

Solar Panels, wind turbines, hydro and photovoltaics... learn about renewable energy and its uses

with our informative, exciting, interactive workshops. School visits and interpretative trips to Four Winds,

working demonstrations, teaching aids and model construction ~ just some of the tools and activities

that can be developed into educational packages to suit your class and curriculum requirements.

Sustainable Building

In association with Buildgreen Services and Julian Angus ~ specialising in outdoor structures and traditional woodworking, we can design, construct, renovate... using eco-friendly building techniques and resources. Ask about the Real Green Building Exhibition.

Metal Sculptures

We have a team of workers who can design and produce individual pieces of metal work e.g. gates, railings, sculptures etc. Using new and recycled materials we can create a unique, practical work of art especially for you.

Environmental Installations

Enhance your playground with some of our innovative, robust outdoor musical instruments.

Neil Stoddart can design, construct and install pieces to suit your site and budget. Made from

natural and recycled materials these bongo drums, xylophones, chimes etc. will thrill the children.

Earth Skills

Learn Native American nature awareness and wilderness survival skills with Kate Hedges of Blue Skies.

A fun and flexible activity-based programme is offered including awareness, tracking, primitive fire making and wilderness survival. Sessions to match your requirements and at a site of your choice subject to discussion.

Suitable for young people and adults alike.

Four Winds will again be working with the City of Edinburgh Council and Forestry Commission to host Edinburgh Treefest in Inverleith Park, Stockbridge on Sat 14th & Sun 15th June This 2 day community festival offers a huge variety of displays, demonstrations, interactive crafts, refreshments and entertainment. Admission is free. 11am – 5pm

For further information, contact:
Carole Fraser
The Pavilion, Inverleith Park,
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NY
Tel/Fax: 0131 332 2229

Scottish Charity SC027823


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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210