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23 MAY 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14642

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As part of International Year of Forests (IYF) local primary school children in the Galloway Forest District have been exploring their local woodland - through a camera’s viewfinder. 

Children from Gatehouse of Fleet Primary School joined Forestry Commission Scotland Recreation Ranger and keen photographer, Lucy Hadley, for five woodland visits in April.

Using eight compact digital cameras - bought with IYF funding - the pupils turned their creative eye on the natural world around them.

Lucy said:

“The main focus was to get children exploring their local woodland patch in a fun, interactive and memorable way.

“Using a camera to do this offered them a slightly novel approach but best of all it allowed the children to get creative with the natural environment around them.

“They learned about the woodland wildlife and plants they focused on but they also dipped their toes in the world of wildlife photography.

"They all produced some really great images - and one or two displayed a natural talent for photography!"

At the end of the project the children picked 48 of the best images that they produced for display in a photography exhibition at the Mill on the Fleet in May.

A smaller selection of images will also be on display at the Scottish Parliament in June.

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 660,000 hectare national forest estate,  protecting, managing and expanding Scotland’s forests and woodlands in ways that will deliver benefits to Scotland's people, communities, biodiversity and economy. 


1) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a’ riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.