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Children in east Glasgow rewarded for park photography project

Scottish Natural Heritage enabled 40 children from four primary schools in east of Glasgow to take part in 'photo walks' earlier this year to help them discover their local parks.

Inspired by Glasgow's Green 2015 external site , the pupils' task was to capture a series of treasure hunt images while on a photo walk with their teachers, and workshop leader and photographer Becky Duncan of Open Aye external site . The children took over a thousand images and selected their favourites to showcase on large scale maps, now displayed at their school.

The inspiring film of their activities tells the story of their journeys. This project proved that whatever the weather, the kids got outside, had a lot of fun, found simple pleasures in nature and recorded it all in photos.  The school children produced some beautiful work which can now be shared. 

The FREE Photo Walk Resource guide  PDF document is great to use with groups of all ages and abilities.  Whether you are a teacher, facilitator or group leader, these easy instructions give all the information you require to run your own photo walk. 

This project proves that whatever the weather, it's great to be outside.

Bailie Liz Cameron, Chair of Glasgow's Green 2015 from Glasgow City Council, was on hand to present the certificates and enjoyed the first public screening of the new documentary video, kindly hosted by the Ranger Service at Pollok Country Park.

The local parks - Bishops Loch and Hogganfield Park, both part of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park - and Robroyston Local Nature Reserve are all very close to the four schools taking part: St Catherine's Primary School, Croftcroighn Primary School, Avenue End Primary School and Cranhill Primary School.

Engagement projects

Other engagement projects which have been developed to support the implementation of the SNH policy statement, Enjoying the Outdoors - Increasing Participation, Sharing the Benefits' include:

Engagement project with disadvantaged groups - Recovery Outdoors.  6 participatory photography projects designed to inspire diverse and disadvantaged communities to access the outdoors, more often, to visit a range of parks and nature reserves.  A video  is available which captures the photographic records of their own experiences.

Engaging new audiences in enjoying Scotland's special places for nature - Community introductions programme. The programme was designed to introduce black and minority ethnic community groups nationwide to some of Scotland's special places for nature. Places visited included National Nature Reserves, National Parks, Regional, Country and Woodland Parks as well as other areas of our countryside and coast managed for people and nature. Overall, 170 participants were involved.   A report  from this initiative is available and  provides information on its outcomes, including a short video of visits and participant's feedback. 

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