The eight students who formed the six week long 2018 NCKU internship joined Charnwood Arts to look at ways in which Charnwood Forest could be promoted to and preserved for future generations. They looked at products produced in the forest, skills that people might work at, farming, promotion to people living in urban environments, transport, the natural environment, digital representation and a host of other factors including arts and cultural events and projects.
As part of this work they joined us in a day long walk from Loughborough through the Outwoods, around the Permissive Path up to Beacon Hill and back through Windmill Hill and the track past Great Central Railway to Quorn.
This was the second walk of this length with one of our Taiwanese student groups and highly productive in taking a fresh look at this environment which is so special to the people of North Leicestershire. Some of their ideas and discoveries were presented at a stakeholder's meeting of the new Charnwood Forest Regional Park stakeholders group at County Hall as part of Charnwood Arts' work on a participatory arts strategy for an overall bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The group also produced a small book of their journey which can be accessed from the web links below.