Explore Braunton - The Most Biodiverse Parish in England

Woodland Activities

Leaf Skeletons

Leaf skeletons are where soft tissue between the veins has decayed away.  Leaf skeletons can be hard to find in nature so here is a way to make your own.
  1. Choose leaves with strong veins.
  2. Place them in a saucepan of water and boil for about half an hour.
  3. Place in a bucket and leave for several weeks (this can get smelly and germy so leave in a shed away from children).
  4. Turn leaves occasionally checking to see if tissue has softened.
  5. When ready, remove from bucket and wash with cold water.
  6. Use a soft brush to remove any remaining tissue leaving skeleton behind.
  7. Dry on newspaper in a warm place.
  8. The fragile skeletons can be used for greeting cards, spraying them different colours.

Bark Cast

Equipment:  Modelling clay, plaster of Paris, paints, varnish and paintbrush.
Press the modelling clay carefully into the bark filling all the nooks and crannies.
Peel the modelling clay off very carefully so you have a mould of the bark.
Bend the mould into a curve and seal the ends with more clay.
Fill the mould with plaster of Paris and leave to dry completely.
When dry remove the mould so you have a copy of the bark.  Paint and varnish your plaster cast.

Try to collect as many different types of tree bark as possible so you can see the variety in patterns of the bark.

(Do not remove bark from trees, as this will leave the living wood inside open to infection or damage).

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