Celebration Saturday at the Botanics

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is encouraging locals to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens this Saturday to celebrate Hindu festival Diwali, Sikh festival Bandi Chhor Divas and Black History Month.
Locals are encouraged to join in the festivities and discover the two hundred year Scottish and Nepali history and learn the story of Francis Buchanan, a Scottish physician who made significant contributions as a geographer, zoologist, and botanist while living in India.

A variety of activities will be taking place such as puppet theatre, storytellers and arts and craft nature activities for children. Discover the trees of Nepal with a guided walk and share Diwali celebrations with local Nepali-Scots.

Romena Huq, Engagement Officer for Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“A key element of our work is about encouraging people of all abilities and backgrounds to experience woodlands and greenspace.

“Our woodlands and greenspaces play a key role in helping community cohesion by providing a place of common interest for diverse groups and providing opportunities for people to come together.”

Fay Purves, of Creative Arts Works a Community Interest Company said:

“We have worked with Forestry Commission Scotland to ensure we have a day of celebration planned, there will be lots of activity for all the family to take part in and celebrate these wonderful festivals.

“We would love to see people of all ages join the celebration and discover more about the Scottish and Nepali relationship.”

The celebration takes place on Saturday 29th October from 1pm – 4pm at the John Hope Gateway in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.

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. 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.
  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.