Wild Words for Woods

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Oct 2020 – Feb 2021

Funded by: Scottish Forestry Commission, £5,000

PI: Mandy Haggith

This project is a short study into Scottish people’s attitudes to woodland expansion. The aims are to learn from people who may not normally be heard in forest policy processes, to find out attitudes about trees and woodlands and feelings about expansion of tree cover in our landscapes, the role of woodlands in addressing the climate emergency and whether people’s relationship with woods is being reassessed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The study will explore a range of community opinion about trees through participatory poetry, wordplay and images, encouraging people to express what is important to them about trees and woods, including the health and wellbeing benefits of woodland experiences and their role in addressing and relevance to pressing current issues, whether that be Brexit, climate change, 5G or jobs.