Over 400 people joined in the Eid festivities at Callendar Woods at the weekend [Sunday 3rd September], celebrating the first event of its kind in the woodland.
Visitors to the Eid in the Woods event, organised by Al Masaar and Forestry Commission Scotland, enjoyed a range of free activities including a campfire with marshmallow toasting, outdoor play, face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling linking nature and Eid, outdoor cooking and foraging and a forest therapy walk looking at the many health benefits of being in the woods.
The event attracted a mixture of groups from Glasgow, Inverclyde, Falkirk and surrounding areas looking for an alternative way to celebrate Eid. Throughout the day, participants planted Oak trees as a way of giving back to the woods and leaving a lasting legacy, bringing the event, the community and the woodland environment together. Romena Huq, engagement officer at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “The first Eid in the Woods event has proved to be a huge success. It was amazing to see so many different groups and communities come along and enjoy being outdoors and taking part in the festivities. I think we’ll definitely look at organising a similar event for next year celebrating Eid and the woodlands.”
Nineteen young people from 7 to 16 years old, were also awarded John MuirAwards following the completion of activities at the Forest Falkirk Club.Run by Forestry Commission Scotland and Operation Play Outdoors, the group, from Al Masaar, took part in a variety of outdoor activities including den and fire building, outdoor cooking and camping and team work exercises. Craig Thomson, from Operation Play Outdoors, said: “The day was a great success and we even had the weather on our side. The event covered so many different areas of interest from learning how to do CPR, free bike tours and a bike service and the opportunity to learn about the impact of climate change on our environment, there really was something for everyone.”
Sofia Akbar,from Al Masaar, said: “I have heard so much positive feedback about Eid in the Woods and people asking if something similar could be done again next year. It was a great turnout and we were thrilled to see our members receive their John Muir Awards.” For more information on Callendar Woods and Forestry Commission Scotland, please visit http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/callendar-wood. NOTES TO EDITOR
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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. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland