Locals asked to share stories of Woods

Officials say the Glasslaw car park at Dunnottar Woods has been 'misused'.
Officials say the Glasslaw car park at Dunnottar Woods has been 'misused'.

Local artist David Officer is nearing the end of his year long project studying Dunnottar Woods and he now needs your help.

‘If You Go Down To The Woods Today’ has been documenting the life cycle of Dunnottar Woods though many mediums; photography of the woods themselves and those who visit, footage of the wildlife that inhabits the area and recordings of the sounds as the seasons change during the year.

David would like to meet with people who use the woods to hear their stories and memories to add to the project. He will be in the Quarry from 10am-1pm on Sunday November 20 and encourages locals who love the woods to come and chat to him about what makes them so special.

Speaking to the Mearns Leader at the beginning of the project in 2015, David said: “I’ve lived in or near Stonehaven all my life and have always had a connection to Dunnottar Woods.

“I want to explore what the woods mean to people in Stonehaven, as well as creating a portrait of the wildlife that lives there.

“I hope that people back the project and follow the updates as it progresses. This is a great chance for us to document some of our local living history, and I’d love it if the town felt they wanted to support that.”

For more information about the project, and to see what David has captured so far, please visit www.ifyougodowntothewoods.com

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