Eid in the Woods

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19 AUGUST 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 16034

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A woodland celebration of Eid for the whole community took place on Saturday (17 August) at Boden Boo Woodlands near Erskine.
Forestry Commission Scotland held the event, which marks the end of Ramadan, in partnership with community group Glasgow Ansar. It gathered people from diverse Muslim communities and other local groups together to celebrate Eid ulFitr.
The festival, held under the iconic Erskine Bridge, included diverse and fun activities such as woodland crafts and herbal walks for children and adults, henna painting, African drumming, a mini commonwealth games, an outdoor photography exhibition, a cycling trail, archery, henna painting, meditation and many more activities.
The event aimed to celebrate Eid by gathering people from diverse communities from the West of Scotland and exploring Scottish woodlands, while connecting the importance of nature in the Islamic faith.
Romena Huq, engagement officer at Forestry Commission Scotland, commented: “Eid in the Woods has gone fantastically well. We have been very excited about this event which aims to bring together Muslim and non-Muslim communities who are interested in finding out more about woodlands, and who want to celebrate Eid in a wonderful woodland setting. Along with all of the celebratory activities and games, we made a special outdoor prayer space, so that we can really make the link with the importance of nature in Islam.
“We also had lots of stalls selling amazing food organised by local groups, many of the proceeds of which will be going to local and international charities.”
Boden Boo is one of 13 Commonwealth Woods, a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which aims to encourage people to get active outdoors and make the most of their local woods.
This woodland event is one of many events celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland 2013; a chance to highlight the great natural assets of our country and celebrate our reputation as a land of outstanding beauty.
Notes to Editors

1.  Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2.    For news, events and recreation information log on to www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests or www.twitter.com/fcscotland
3.    The FCS agobair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridhcoilltearachdRiaghaltasna h-Alba agus a’ riaghladhnan 660,000 heactaireanann an OighreachdnaCoilleNàiseanta, a’ dìonadh, a’ cumailsmachd air agus a’ leudachadhnancoillteangusbuannachdan a thoirtdhacoimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidhagus, agobair an aghaidhatharrachadhgnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4.    The Year of Natural Scotland 2013, the final in a series of four focus years, is a chance to highlight the great natural assets of our country and celebrate our reputation as a land of outstanding beauty. New and existing events throughout the year will promote ways in which visitors can enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly. www.visitscotland.com  
5.    Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508. 

e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk