Taking place from 12pm – 4pm, members of LGBTQI+ and the local community are invited to join a day of celebrations and fun-filled activities in the woodlands.
The event is open to the public and will feature a range of free activities including workshops in meditation and wellbeing, bushcraft and foraging, arts and crafts, storytelling, face painting, fitness activities and a herbal walk. There will also be marshmallow toasting by the campfire and refreshments available.
The inaugural event funded by Forestry Commission Scotland aims to bring the LGBTQI+ community together, along with family, friends and the local community to learn about wellbeing and the health benefits of spending time in the woodlands.
Louise Irvine, wellbeing and mindfulness teacher, said: “I discovered the woodlands last year through a Forestry Commission Scotland cycling group and even though I had lived in Glasgow for years, I couldn't believe there were all these incredible secret green spaces dotted throughout the city. I now try and spend as much time as I can in the local woodlands on my bike or walking, as I notice how much it helps reduce stress and improve health and wellbeing.
“The aim of Pride Outside is to give people the chance to experience these benefits and try out different wellbeing workshops. I’m part of the LGBTQI+ community and know wellbeing is a big issue just now, so I’m excited that Forestry Commission Scotland has supported this event and hopefully it will help start the conversation about how nature can support health.”
Romena Huq, engagement officer at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “We’re always on hand to support diverse communities and help them enjoy Scotland’s woodlands and greenspaces. This event is already set to be a popular one, with limited tickets available. We’re very pleased with the interest that’s been noted so far and this only highlights the community’s willingness to take part in outdoor events and enhance the community spirit.
“Our local 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 and enjoy the great outdoors. Forestry Commission Scotland helps support and host events like these regularly throughout Glasgow and further afield to encourage people to spend time in their local greenspaces.”
For further information on this event and to secure tickets, visit the Pride Outside Facebook page @prideoutside2018.
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