The Iona School - The Learning Land Project

The Learning Land Project seeks to nurture ‘The Value of Making’, through encouraging the use of raw materials and tools, under the guidance of skilled craftspeople.

The project is focusing on creating outdoor workshops  for older children, teenagers and adults to engage in activities together, with the hope that younger families may be able to get involved as the project grows. The project is also working in partnership with Iona School Nottingham, to create new opportunities for the school children to learn practical skills outdoors.

The Learning Land Project is run by Marcus Rowland’s an Artist, Maker, Teacher & Builder. 



The community of Iona school has been shown the possibilities of creating such a space for workshops and are actively taking part in the workshops and spreading the word. Families that have left school are also engaged in its progress through social media.

The older children at the school have started wood working outdoors, making bowls and pegs, something which was impossible before.

Through the school fairs we have promoted the new space and the workshops available through active demonstrations that have engaged approximately 1000 people and children who would not normally be exposed to this way of making.

Other local charity organisations are now more aware of the school and what we are trying to create at The Learning Land Project.


The course was very well structured and through Marcus’ tuition it was very easy to follow even when the work was challenging. We had a lot of fun working as a team and the atmosphere was relaxed.

Had a really lovely day up in the urban woods of Sneinton, enjoyed, learnt and caught up with old friends and made new ones too’.

It was brilliant, thank you for organising it! Hopefully this will be the beginning of a new life of possibilities for the land’.

Two patient and knowledgeable tutors, half a dozen eager makers and a really cool outdoor workshop, were the perfect ingredients for a splendid stool making day. And all just a stone’s froe from Nottingham city centre!

It was such a refreshing experience and you got the level of support just right. I really enjoyed the process of making, and I think it would even appeal to people who are not that interested in woodwork.