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  • Climate, Geology & Landscape. Balloch Wood,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    Life Trees Red Squirrels Climate Landscape Geology Climate Geology Landscape Poetry Stone Circle The Poetry Project The Final Haiku The Poetry Class The Wooden Roundhouse Activity Sheets How to Get Involved Contact Maps Directions Balloch Wood Videos Climate Located in the most southerly part of Scotland Balloch Wood is a maritime wood situated on the coast of the Solway Firth Geology The solid rock geology of the area is composed

    Original URL path: http://www.creetown-walks.co.uk/creetown-climate-geology-landscape.asp (2016-02-10)
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  • Creetown Climate - Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    How to Get Involved Contact Maps Directions Balloch Wood Videos Located in the most southerly part of Scotland Balloch Wood is a maritime wood situated on the coast of the Solway Firth It has a mild windy oceanic climate influenced by the Gulf Stream which is damp with relatively mild winters and cool summers This allows it to support a variety of species at their northern or southern geographical limits

    Original URL path: http://www.creetown-walks.co.uk/creetown-climate.asp (2016-02-10)
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  • Geology of Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    erosion The Solway Firth marks the boundary between two former continents dating back to the Silurian period over 460 million years ago At this time the extensive lapetus ocean separated the two land masses Processes deep within the earth caused these two continents to move towards each other and the ocean became smaller as the ocean floor was pushed beneath the northern continent This caused the silts and sands which once lay on the ocean bed to be squeezed upwards to form greywacke and shale hills Later volcanic action caused molten rock to intrude into the existing predominantly sedimentary rock strata These intrusions once cooled produced granite masses Two igneous intrusions are located south of Balloch Wood and consist of white granodiorite a coarse grained granite formed when the molten rock slowly cooled The solid geological make up produced by this mountain building event was subsequently modified by glacial action During the last main glacial the region was covered by the southern upland ice sheet Glacial action has tended to have the effect of rounding off the topography of the region by over deepening river valleys and carving the wide smooth domed summits of the Southern Uplands When the ice retreated from the last ice age the ground was left with a layer of ground up rock mixed with pebbles and boulders However in the River Cree area the solid geology proved more resistant to glacial and fluvio glacial action creating narrow v shaped channels with steep wooded slopes typical of the landscape type of Balloch Wood Veins containing mineral deposits have been found and subsequently exploited in the Creetown area Lead and copper ores were mined nearby at Pibble and numerous trial workings were undertaken A small lead mine existed in Balloch Wood between 1862 and 1864 However the

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  • Landscape - Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    the Dumfries and Galloway Landscape Assessment The key characteristics of this landscape character found at Balloch Wood are The narrow incised valley with steep wooded slopes The dominant broadleaf woodland adjacent to the burn with conifers on higher slopes The small pastures enclosed with drystone dykes above the woodland The narrow lane following the valley and providing access to higher moorland The narrow wooded valley contrasts with the open character

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  • Woodland walks and wildlife ponds at Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    Climate Landscape Geology Climate Geology Landscape Poetry Stone Circle The Poetry Project The Final Haiku The Poetry Class The Wooden Roundhouse Activity Sheets How to Get Involved Contact Maps Directions Balloch Wood Videos Near the Creetown entrance to Balloch Wood a stone circle inscribed with haiku poems and iconography is one of the first features to welcome visitors to the woodland The seven granite stones simultaneously reflect both the timelessness of the immediate surroundings and its industrial heritage The surface of the stones has been used to illustrate human responses to the woodland Blasted onto the surface of the stones haiku poems written by local schoolchildren provide small thoughts to accompany the visitor on their walk around the wood while iconography acknowledges continuity with other nearby stone circles Contemporary and historic perspectives on the area are thus brought together in a manner sympathetic to the surroundings The Stones The stones were sourced from the re development of Maryport Harbour across the Solway Firth in Cumbria to be recycled into the interpretative circle Granite was chosen to reflect its importance both to the geology of the area and also to its industrial heritage Several granite quarries used to be located in

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  • The Poetry Project - Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    said I wanted to take a modern approach to teaching haiku to the class All too often one sees the counting of syllables being the focus of haiku lessons the poems must have three lines and follow the 5 7 5 syllable pattern Not only has this been shown to be an inaccurate translation of Japanese methods with modern critics suggesting fewer syllables should be used but many modern haiku poets have abandoned these strictures and taken a more flexible approach While retaining certain traditional features such as brevity and a reference to nature the seasons I was keen to focus on the essence of haiku capturing images in words and creating emotions through images rather than personal expression A communal as opposed to individualistic approach to writing was also taken with fragments of writing by all members of the class combined and adapted by myself to create the final poems The use of spacing to punctuate the poems and small case lettering reflects the continuity of time and one of the central aspects of haiku a humble sharing with others The class took all of these concepts in their stride and were fantastic to work with They had recently

    Original URL path: http://www.creetown-walks.co.uk/poetry-project.asp (2016-02-10)
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  • The Final Haiku - Balloch Woodland Poetry Project
    Wood Videos butterflies dance light in the sky old brown leaves float downstream light between larch trees the overlapping echoes of childrens voices animals come out from hibernation until grass sways with the slow wind yellow purple white flowers growing slowly getting scared of the dark roots spread everywhere along the path a line of soft silky feathers touched rough bark under the bark were slaters and other creatures baby

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  • The Poetry Class - Balloch Woodland Community Poetry Project,Creetown
    The Poetry Project The Final Haiku The Poetry Class The Wooden Roundhouse Activity Sheets How to Get Involved Contact Maps Directions Balloch Wood Videos The following pupils of Creetown Primary School s 2008 class of Primary 4 and 5 wrote the Balloch Wood haiku with poet Lucy Burnett and with the assistance of teacher Miss Julie Parkinson Primary Four Ronan Browne Rebecca Hyslop Brodie Jess Adam Kelly Connor Kelly Tegan

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