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What's special about living in Coigach or Assynt? Local residents invited to go online and have their say

By Ali Morrison

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Informal online workshops are being held next Friday (May 29) to discover what people living in Coigach and Assynt love about their local landscape.

Residents are being invited to talk about their favourite places, experiences and give their stories about living in the two areas.

One local landform that surely gives Assynt residents a sense of place is Suilven, seen here in the background.
One local landform that surely gives Assynt residents a sense of place is Suilven, seen here in the background.

Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape has linked up with Manchester based creative environmental and design agency and landscape consultants Countryscape to hold the online workshops.

It is all part of a project aimed at identifiying and celebrating what is special about the landscape.

A Countryscape representative said "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 identify and makes it different from elsewhere. It is made of of different landscapes, wildlife, history, people, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, memories and many other things that contribute to our experience of a place."

Input from residents will be used by Countryscape to develop two Sense of Place toolkits, celebrating and promoting the landscapes in Coigach and Assynt.

The toolkits will provide practical resources to help business , organisations and community groups make the most of being part of these special places.

"A Sense of Place has a strong commercial aspect and is used by many businesses for the purpose of selling products," said the spokeswoman.

"It's a very different approach to the more traditional, top-down methods used by Visit Scotland and others, because it places importance on local knowledge, passion and pride. And that is why it is so important for local people to get involved."

Residents who register an interest in taking part in the "fun and informal" workshops, will be sent a link enabling them to join the Zoom sessions.

The workshop focused on what makes Coigach special takes place from 9.30am to 11am on Friday, May 29, and the session on what makes Assynt special follows from 11.30am to 1pm.

An afternoon workshop from 2pm to 3.30pm sees a discussion on both landscapes.

Click here to register an interest in taking part in the workshops

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