Central Scotland engagement programme

Through nature, connections can be made across age, language, social and cultural divides. Our Central Scotland Conservancy is working to ensure that people from all backgrounds can enjoy the benefits and opportunities that our woods and forests provide.

We would love for you get involved. Read on to learn about events to you can attend and engagement projects you may wish to join.

Two children at a community woodland event

Upcoming events

Woodland Wheels Ride: Cuningar Loop (10 miles)
10am - 5pm on Sunday 25th June 2017

Woodland Wheels leafletJoin us for a cycle around Scotland's great outdoors, explore the enchanted woodland and taste the wild plant delights!

The ride will leave from Southwest Community Cycles, 2092 Pollokshaws Road at 10am. As ever, all our rides are free. A limited number of bikes will be available to borrow, but you must book your place by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please bring a packed lunch too!

Woodland Wheels Rides 2017 information leaflet (PDF 760KB)

 

Woodland Connections at Malls Mire Community Woodlands
3pm - 8pm on Thursday 29th June 2017

Woodland Connections flyerAs part of Refugee Festival Scotland, we're hosting a party in the woods!

Come and cook on a fire and eat together under the trees! Take a woodland photo walk, watch films in our cinema yurt or compete in our Treesure Hunt! Everyone is welcome and entry is free!

Woodland Connections information leaflet (PDF 1MB)

 

Current projects

Volunteer Community Champions Programme

Would you like to learn new woodland skills while helping people in your community? Working with the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO), we have developed a traning programme that will teach environmental, bushcraft and leadership skills, allowing you to gain new experiences and build new relationships whilst delivering woodland sessions to your community group.

The Voluntary Community Champions initiative has been developed in response to the identified lack of people from diverse backgrounds (Race, Age, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Gender, Religion & Belief) who are not accessing their local woodlands due to either lack of knowledge or basic skills. If you would like to be considered for the programme, complete the following application form and email to our Forestry Volunteer Development Officer, Sadia Ismail, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :

Get financial support for your community project

We're always keen to see more people enjoying Scotland's forests. If your community group has an idea for a project that encourages people to use their local woodland, you may qualify for support from the Forestry Commission Scotland Community Fund. You can currently apply for activities taking place up until 31 March 2018.

Our work

The forests and woodlands managed by Forestry Commission Scotland are for everyone to enjoy. We want individuals from all sections of society to equally enjoy and benefit from the opportunities offered by nature. Learn more in our 2010-2013 Engagement Strategy (PDF 1.9MB) and accompanying Implementation Plan (PDF 415KB)

We are proud to have supported a number of community projects over the years. You can learn about just some of them here:

Women's Leadership Programme

This innovative programme of learning and engagement was specifically for BME women in Central Scotland. Eleven women were signed up to the programme from Chinese, Nepalese, Indian and Chinese backgrounds.

The project had run over 3 years, with many of the woman going on to work with their communities, encouraging them to use and explore woodlands.

Independent Living Champions

The aim of this project was to create creative and sustainable opportunities for Minority Ethnic Disabled People to access woodland, trees and forests.

This project has built confidence and self-awareness among the participants so that they not only continue to access woodlands on their own/with family and friends, but also make the integral link between outdoor access and other related opportunities in education, volunteering, employment etc.

Faith Festivals

We have worked with a variety of different faith groups to explore options of celebrating traditional faith festivals in the woodlands. These have included:

  • Diwali, Forest of Light. This event allowed participants the opportunity to reflect on the interfaith message of Diwali: that the many lights of our world, each residing in an individual or collectively as a community, have their origin in the One Light which unites us all.
  • Vaisaki, Sikh harvest festival. This engaged with the Sikh community using food to celebrate their harvest festival. It was Scottish woodlands meets Asian kitchen in this unique celebration of nature and culture. Woodland walks incorporated how to safely identify edible Scottish wild plants. There was a hands-on Asian cookery class using Scottish native plant foods, taught by community members.
  • Chinese mid-Autumn festival. We worked with the Glasgow Chinese community to make relevant links to forests and woodlands. Over the course of the event 6 lanterns and numerous moon wish banners were made and displayed on trees.

Healing Fields and Forests  

Over the four seasons this project explored the cosmetic and medicinal uses of native Scottish trees and plants, the folklore surrounding them, and compared this with the plants and stories from the cultural heritages within the group.

The project was steered through Ghurkha Association Scotland with input from Nepal Scotland Association, the Edinburgh Nepalese Community and women and children from the Edinburgh Bangladeshi community (via NKS).

Four booklets were produced covering the experiences of four seasons:

Find out more

  • If you have any questions or would like further information about our work or any of these projects, contact our Engagement Officer, Romena Huq, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.