What is Mapping Hirst Wood?

Mapping Hirst Wood is a creative project I started in 2010 to develop awareness of the wonderful woodland environment of Hirst Wood, near Saltaire West Yorkshire. I will be running a series of creative activities in the woods that anyone can come along and join in. Events will include hands-on craft activities, walking, mapping, games and ecology activities.

This blog is a way to share the results of the Mapping Hirst Wood events with photos and a few words. It will also become a virtual noticeboard for up-coming events and things of interest to all those who love Hirst Wood.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Tree Survey

Check out the national Tree Survey and take part in mapping urban trees in the UK.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Pictures from today's event

Thank you to everyone who came along to take part in Mapping Hirst Wood. We had a wonderful time this afternoon with perfect weather as well. Today we made mono-print memory maps, luggage label trails and a giant map of Hirst Wood. Below are some pictures of what we did...

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The First Event - this Saturday!

Saturday 24th July 2010
from 12 noon
Hirst Wood, nr. Shipley

On Saturday 24th July I will be running the first 'Mapping Hirst Wood' event. The event will take place in Hirst Wood, near Shipley, West Yorkshire. I will be running creative activities aimed at all ages to encourage playful creative curiosity in the woodland environment.

Please come along, say hello and see what we are doing. Bring the kids, bring Grandma, bring the dog, wear your wellies!

Parking is available at the Hirst Wood car park. Look for signs from all the main entrances to the woods. The event will take place regardless of the weather, unless rain is torrential.

The activities are being run by me on an entirely voluntary basis and are not affiliated to any groups or official organisations. It is hoped that if this event is successful I will run further activities in the future.

See you there!
Hannah Lamb

Watch this space!

After a long pause I am finally organising the first event for Mapping Hirst Wood. I can reveal it is planned for this Saturday 24th July 2010. More details to follow, so watch this space...

Monday, 24 May 2010

Some ideas and plans

Some plans... or thoughts in progress:

I want my public engagement activities to be flexible so that it isn't all dictated by me - How can I do this?
  • start with a simple activity that allows for different responses and dialogue
  • listen to what people say
  • review what I am doing and invite new ideas
  • re-consider and be open to a change in purpose
  • share what I/we do
What should the activities be?
  • creative, imaginative, fun
  • accessible, for everyone
  • encourage dialogue and discussion
  • contribute and respond to local ecology & culture
  • conscious of global environmental impact
How can I make this happen?
  • I need to tell people about what is happening - started blog, need to create signs and put up posters
  • Make the hub of activity attractive and inviting
  • Be enthusiastic and talk to people about what I am doing
  • No woman is an island - I need to recruit helpers; any volunteers?

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Welcome to the new blog!

This is a brand new blog for the start of my new project. I am interested in any stories or old photos of Hirst Wood. I am planning to do some events very soon, so keep checking here for upcoming dates...