Central Scotland engagement programme

Central Scotland Conservancy is working proactively towards ensuring that people from all communities and sections of society are equally able to benefit from the opportunities that are provided by our public woodlands and forests.

Two children at a community woodland event

Engagement projects

As part of the Central Scotland Engagement Programme we have supported a number of projects, see below for further details of some of these 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. :

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:

 More information

  • For further information on any of these projects contact our engagement officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Details of how we work with communities including funding available through our community fund.