Come and join the party at Malls Mire Community Woodlands

Forestry Commission Scotland is encouraging the local community to celebrate with them at Malls Mire Community Woodlands on Thursday 29 June as part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2017.

There will be a range of outdoor and woodland-based activities, including cooking on an open fire, a woodland photo walk, arts and crafts, film screening in a cinema yurt and a ‘treesure’ hunt.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their favourite mealtime treat to share and enjoy with others under the trees.

This Woodland Connections event is organised by Open Aye, a social enterprise providing participatory photography workshops to various groups, and funded by Forestry Commission Scotland.

The event will take place between 3 – 8pm and aims to bring the local community together and encourage the public to get involved and use their local woodland for outdoor activities.

Romena Huq, engagement officer at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “We are excited to be funding this event as part of Refugee Festival Scotland for yet another year. Forest and woodland based events are always great fun and we are especially looking forward to this one, which will have the cinema yurt screening a range of short films focussed around refugee issues for both kids and adults to learn and enjoy.

“Forests and woodlands are beautiful outdoor spaces that should be used more often by local communities and visitors, and we hope everyone will come together and join us for this special event.”

Becky Duncan of Open Aye said: "Supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, this Woodland Connections event for Refugee Festival 2017 will bring together locals, visitors, refugee communities, migrants, old friends and new acquaintances under the beautiful tree canopy of Malls Mire. We hope to share food, music, film, photos, crafts, ideas and jokes - everything is free. Whatever the weather, the woods will shelter us and connect us. Everyone is welcome."

Refugee Festival Scotland is an annual Scotland-wide programme of arts, cultural, educational, heritage and sport events that brings refugee and local communities together. This year’s festival runs from 20 June to 2 July 2017.

The Woodland Connections event is free to attend and will be held outdoors so please dress appropriately.

Event Details Venue: Malls Mire Community Woodlands Urban Roots Toryglen Community Base 179 Prospecthill Circus Glasgow G42 0LA

Date/Time: Thursday 29 June 2017, 3 – 8pm

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.