Wigtown Residents Invited To Explore Sense Of Place

The officer team from the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere will be in Wigtown on 2nd May, hosting a one-off Sense of Place workshop to explore an opportunity to become the region’s twelfth Biosphere Community.


The Biosphere Communities scheme brings local learning opportunities and a programme of support for villages and towns to develop nature connections, explore energy saving and waste reduction, and build a sustainable tourism offering.  As a first step to joining the scheme, the Sense of Place workshop invites residents to share their favourite local landmarks and activities, and the aspects of Wigtown life that most inspire community pride.


The workshop will take place at Machars Action, 26 South Main Street, Wigtown, between 6:30 – 8:30pm on 2nd May. Light refreshments will be provided and there is no requirement to book in advance.


Galloway and Southern Ayrshire was designated a UNESCO Biosphere in 2012, a title which sets the region alongside UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Creative Cities, and Global Geoparks. UNESCO Biosphere status recognises the unique natural and cultural heritage of southwest Scotland, and its array of opportunities for sustainable development.  The GSA Biosphere Partnership is a registered Scottish Charity (SC044137) working with multi-sector bodies to deliver initiatives in conservation, education, enterprise, and climate resilience.  It is supported by core funding from South of Scotland Enterprise and three local authorities, including Dumfries and Galloway Council.


Project Support Officer Ribh Gallacher will be one of the team facilitating the Biosphere’s workshop in May. Ribh says, “This is an informal, interactive event and anyone who lives or works in and around Wigtown is warmly welcome to come along. My colleagues and I will be there to explain more about Biosphere Communities and the direct support that is available through the GSA Biosphere Partnership. We’re hoping for a great turnout on 2nd May when everyone will be able to share what they love most about this historic and amazing town.”


More information about the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere is available at www.gsabiosphere.org.uk. For any enquiries about the Wigtown in the Biosphere workshop, please email [email protected].