Celebrating Persian New Year in the woods

Forestry Commission Scotland welcomed many visitors to Malls Mire Community Woodland in Glasgow, on Sunday 18th March, to celebrate Nowruz (Persian New Year 2018).

Adults and children came together to share traditional Persian snacks and teas, and take part in a range of fun activities including arts and crafts, tug of war, a treasure hunt, marshmallow toasting and meditation workshops.

With support from Operation Play Outdoors and Urban Roots, visitors were brought together to mark the Persian New Year, which also signalled the first day of spring.

Romena Huq, engagement officer at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “Despite the cold weather, we had a great turn out to the event, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the activities we had planned. The children especially enjoyed the arts and crafts and marshmallow toasting next to the warmth of the fire. Our woodland events are growing in popularity, which is a great sign that adults and children are enjoying spending more time outdoors.”

Craig Thomson from Operation Play Outdoors, said: “We work in partnership with Forestry Commission on many woodlands events, which always tend to be a great success. Our mission is to challenge the barriers to play and increase opportunities for people to get outdoors more. Linking up with Forestry Commission Scotland on these types of events is a great way to promote cultural celebrations, as well as bring people from the local community together outdoors.” 

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 agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  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.