Yoxall Parish Council

Yoxall Parish Council


National Arboretum initiative.

Aug 29, 2023

Lockdown Landscapes.

Communities across the UK are being encouraged to participate in Lockdown Landscapes, a new engagement programme led by the National Memorial Arboretum, near Alrewas.
From schools and community groups to residential and workplace settings, the Lockdown Landscapes project invites people of all ages to take part in a national conversation about the impact of Covid-19 on communities around the Nation, and in particular the ways they found solace and joy in natural landscapes and used outdoor spaces in new ways.

Aided by a selection of free-to-download online resources, groups can participate in this national conversation by hosting self-guided workshops, mapping their memories, and sharing stories of their outdoor experiences during the pandemic. These community stories will be stored in a national archive that reflects the impact of lockdowns on people’s mental health, education, daily lives, and routines.
The project is led by the National Memorial Arboretum, in partnership with the National Forest Company, Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritage, and Westminster Abbey, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
“The pandemic had a profound impact on all of our lives and we know that throughout the darkest moments of the pandemic, people found solace and joy in their local public parks, historic gardens, and natural landscapes, engaging with outdoor spaces in ways they never had before,” said Aaron Rossi, Heritage Project Manager at the National Memorial Arboretum. “Through Mapping Memories we are eager to capture and document these formative moments to create an archive of stories reflective of the whole nation.”
Download the free self-guided workshop kits and submit memories online at thenma.org.uk/lockdown-landscapes. Contributions to the Mapping Memories archive must be submitted by 1 October.