Sunday, 16 October 2011

Tree-mendous Talk At New Monthly Meeting For Moray Greens

Green Party members in Moray are shifting their activities up a gear with monthly events in Forres featuring hot topics for all to enjoy. Whether you're interested in environmental issues, social justice or simply want some sparkling conversation why not give them a go...

The first event will be an interactive talk on woodland culture and the restoration of Scotland ’s forests, by poet and author Mandy Haggith. The event is open to all, and will take place from 7.30 to 9pm on Wednesday 26 October in the upstairs lounge of the Carlton Hotel, High Street, Forres.

This year, 2011, is the International Year of Forests, but in Scotland our forests are mostly long gone and replaced by plantations of exotic conifers grown as cash crops for pulp and fuel. There is, however, still a rich heritage surrounding our native trees, not least a traditional link between the letters of the alphabet and woodland species. This interactive talk will take ivy as an example to explore how efforts to restore Scotland 's forests can be informed by our woodland culture.

Mandy Haggith is a poet and author with a passion for trees who lives in Assynt. Her novel, The Last Bear, won the Robin Jenkins Literary Prize for the best environmental writing in Scotland in 2009. She has published two collections of poetry and a non-fiction book, Paper Trails: From trees to trash - the true cost of paper. Her current project, A-B-Tree, celebrates the links between woods and words.

There will be no charge for attending this or the next event in the series (Emma Wood’s illustrated talk on “the Hydro Boys” on Wednesday 23 November). Participants can make a small donations to help cover the speakers’ costs.

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