I love Halloween and so I was quite excited about conjuring up some interesting ways of connecting raised bogs, local people and this spooky holiday.
Our first Halloween event ran in Blackridge. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we were not able to have our event at Blawhorn Moss but instead moved indoors to the Blackridge youth club. The event was still a success thanks to our wonderful story teller, who told tales of bog fairies, the eerie Blawhorn Moss fog and the story of how Blawhorn Moss got its name (from the haunted coachmen and creepy ‘horn blower’). The kids also got the chance to play some nature based games including Bat and Moth and the human cacoon game.
At Fallin we ran a Halloween event in the local library, to raise the local kid’s awareness of Wester Moss bog and the different creepy crawlies you might find there. The kids made marshmallows spiders, spun their own webs, made bog badges and even plunged their hands into a gunge bog .
My personal project is now also underway. In order to raise awareness of Wester Moss bog, I have started up a community knitting project. We’ve asked local people in Fallin to contribute knitted squares to our ‘Blanket Bog’ based on the many colours, plants and animals that can be found at Wester Moss. The blanket will then be used as an education tool, to teach people about raised bogs and why they are so important. I can’t wait to see the finish piece!
Until next time, Ami 🙂