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Our Landscape Routes project aim is to produce a toolkit to celebrate and promote our landscape within Coigach and Assynt. This can be nature, built or Cultural heritage or landscape based. We will be identifying common messages from community consultation in the form of online workshops. This project is lead by the North West Highland Geopark and contractor Countryscape have been enlisted to help collect data from the communities to create this Sense of Place toolkit.

Countryscape is a creative agency as well as landscape consultants and have been working with several organisations to create similar work for other partnerships and companies. For more information on Countryscape please visit https://countryscape.org/.

In the words of Countryscape, a ‘Sense of place’ is the term used to describe the emotions and experiences we associate with places. It’s how places make us feel. A sense of place is what gives an area its identity and makes it different from elsewhere. It is made up of the different landscapes, wildlife, history, people, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, memories and many other things that contribute to our experience of a place.

Community Consultation will be held on the 29th May with separate workshops for Coigach and Assynt in the morning, followed by a gathering of all involved in the afternoon. All of this will take place in Zoom chats and will comprise of fun exercises to find out what is important to residents of CALL.

We would love to have as much input as possible from the area to formulate the sense of place toolkit. This is an opportunity to agree a message for visitors and other external stakeholders on what its like in Coigach and Assynt. All you need to do is register your interest to join the workshops and more details will then be sent out to you. There will be support for those who have not used zoom before or are having difficulties so there is no need to feel nervous. We want to hear what you have to say! It’s a very different approach to the more traditional, top-down methods used by Visit Scotland and others, because it places importance local knowledge, passion and pride. And that’s why it’s so important for you to get involved!

Details for the day of workshops are:

9:30 – 11:00 ¦ Workshop focused on what makes Coigach special

11:30 – 13:00 ¦ Workshop focused on what makes Assynt special

14:00 – 15:30 ¦ Workshop bringing together the two previous sessions to discuss both landscapes

Please complete the registration form below to express your interest in the workshop. We will follow up with an email containing more details. 

https://countryscape.org/coigach-and-assynt-sense-place


Vickii Campen

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