The event was open to the public and featured a range of free activities including workshops in meditation and wellbeing, bushcraft and foraging, arts and crafts, storytelling, face painting, fitness activities, a herbal walk and marshmallow toasting by the campfire. The inaugural event was funded by Forestry Commission Scotland and brought 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 was to give people the chance to experience these benefits and try out different wellbeing workshops.”
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. We were very pleased with the turnout of Pride Outside 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.”
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