Bond over tea under a tree on International Day of Peace

Come and celebrate International Day of Peace with Forestry Commission Scotland by sharing a cuppa under the trees at Castlemilk Woodland in Glasgow.

People from the local community are being encouraged to share food and tea in the woodlands this Thursday (21st September) to celebrate the globally-recognised day and help connect different cultures and communities in Glasgow’s local woodland spaces.

This year, groups from across Scotland, India, China, the UAE and Africa will come together to share teas and snacks from around the world and bond over how to make the perfect brew. There will also be a variety of activities for attendees including woodland yoga and environmental arts and crafts.

International Day of Peace takes place every year on 21st September. The day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace, putting aside differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace.

Romena Huq, engagement officer at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “Bringing different community groups together to share food and drink in the woods has always been a huge success factor in our events, with last year’s International Day of Peace seeing a number of multi-cultures coming together in a cultural exchange of food, drink, ideas and appreciation.

“Almost everyone expressed a wish to return to the woodlands again in the future, so it is important we continue to promote the benefits of using these local spaces. The woodlands provide a safe neutral space for people to come together, bond over activities and appreciate Scotland’s natural environment. It can also have positive effects on individuals’ health and wellbeing and improve community cohesion and integration.”

Last year, around 50 participants from 11 different countries took part in Forestry Commission Scotland’s International Day of Peace event, including participants from Scotland, China, India, Pakistan, Eritrea, Sudan, and five different Arab countries.

If you would like to find out more about the event, or similar events taking place in your own community, please contact Romena Huq at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Event details Date: Thursday 21st September 2017 Time: 11am – 1pm  Location: Meet outside Castlemilk Stables, Glasgow, G45 0AZ

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  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.