Celebrate Vaisakhi in the woods

Join Forestry Commission Scotland and Operation Play Outdoors on Saturday 9th June to celebrate the annual Sikh festival, Vaisakhi, in the woods.  

Taking place in Malls Mire Community Woodlands from 11am – 2pm, the event celebrates the Punjabi New Year and spring harvest, whilst promoting the importance of enjoying the great outdoors.

The event is open to the public and will feature a range of free activities associated with the Sikh celebration, including bhangra dancing, turban tying, henna, face painting, traditional music and food, as well as a host of woodland activities, including campfire and marshmallow toasting, natural arts and crafts and a herbal walk.

The Vaisakhi celebration aims to bring the local community together to mark the special event and appreciate the diverse cultures in Scotland.

Romena Huq, engagement officer at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar and a great opportunity for us to mark the special occasion whilst enjoying the great outdoors. There will be plenty of activities for both adults and children to take part in, and is something a little different to do in the woods. We encourage locals and those from further afield to come and join us in the woodlands for a fun-filled day.”

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

For further information on this event, please contact Romena Huq from Forestry Commission Scotland on 07917 504981.

Event details
Date: Saturday 9th June 2018
Time: 11am – 2pm
Location: Malls Mire Community Woodland, Toryglen Community Base, 179 Prospecthill Circus, Glasgow, G42 0LA

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.