Celebrate the start of spring at Malls Mire Community Woodland

Forestry Commission Scotland is encouraging the local community to celebrate the arrival of spring at a Persian and Kurdish New Year event at Malls Mire Community Woodland on Saturday 19th March 12pm – 4pm.

There will be plenty of fun activities for all the family to enjoy, including natural arts and crafts, storytelling, an herbalist forager and a campfire with outdoor cooking. 

The Persian and Kurdish New Year, also known as Nowruz or Norooz, traditionally celebrates renewal as it marks the first day of spring, making it the perfect occasion to celebrate in the woodlands. The event aims to share different cultural traditions with the community, ensuring all residents enjoy their local woodland.   

Romena Huq, Forestry Commission Scotland, said: 

“We’re really looking forward to celebrating Norooz and the beginning of spring.  We believe it is a great opportunity for people to learn about new cultures and experience some unique activities traditionally associated with the arrival of spring.” 

The event is funded by Forestry Commission Scotland as part of their Engagement programme and organised in conjunction with The Scottish Arab Women Association.

Huda Alarishi, from The Scottish Arab Women’s Association, said:

“The translation for Norooz is ‘New Day’, and what better way to celebrate the start of a new season and our spring / summer months than with a festival that celebrates its arrival.”

Romena Huq added:

 “We want to encourage as many groups and communities who do not consider woodlands as a place to visit to come along and take part.  We hope for everyone to benefit from their local woodland and encourage them to learn new skills, meet new people, learn about different cultures and take part in organised events.” 

Forestry Commission Scotland’s Engagement programme in central Scotland aims to promote the use of the woodlands to minority groups and communities, ensuring all individuals are equally able to enjoy the benefit from accessing woodlands and forests. 

Event Information:

Saturday 19th March 12pm – 4pm Malls Mire Community Woodland near Toryglen

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland 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.
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