Hundreds attend Forres Friends of Woods and Fields open day to view community growing projects at Chapleton and Sanquhar
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OVER 300 people attended an open day celebrating an ongoing local environmental project on Saturday, August 27.
Charity Forres Friends of Woods and Fields (FFWF) invited the community to their growing field at Chapelton to enjoy demonstrations, tours, talks, stories and music focused on the volunteers’ efforts to restore woods at Sanquhar, support local food sustainability, as well as aid mental and physical wellbeing.
FFWF want to nurture connections to the wider community via the group’s land at Sanquhar and Chapleton - a section of wood and fields being cultivated.
Developmental worker Kerry McInnes confirmed the event was also an opportunity to survey attendees ahead of forming a new action plan.
She said: “It was a fantastic day in the fields and woods! Attendees enjoyed live music from local singers and musicians as well as storytelling by Carol Scorer and Margot Henderson. There were craft demonstrations, a pop-up café and tours of our community garden and woodland areas. Daniel Lacasta led a Fungus Foray Walk and Wild Things taught us all about the local wildlife.”
The day was part of FFWF’s wider community engagement project supported by National Lottery Awards for All.
“The overall aim was to let people see what we are doing,” said Kerry. “Also to comment on our plans for the future. We also received some funding for the event from Findhorn Bay Arts ‘Unexpected Garden’ project with Dandelion Scotland.”
Kerry confirmed one attendee said FFWF’s land is “a beautiful space and would love to see more events there” while another added “It is a great project to regenerate land for local people.”
Help FFWF by completing their survey at https://forms.gle/XhUr6F4fHB3qfuKr6.
For more information, visit www.forresfriends.com.