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Green Tease: Connecting Arts & Sustainability in the Cairngorms

Green Tease: Connecting Arts & Sustainability in the Cairngorms

You are invited to join Creative Carbon Scotland and RSPB Scotland for a special afternoon workshop on RSPB Scotland’s Abernethy Nature Reserve in the heart of the Cairngorms.

Situated deep in the Abernethy reserve at Forest Lodge, the oldest shooting lodge of its kind in Scotland now managed by RSPB Scotland, this workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn about the past, present and future of the Cairngorms region in an immersive environment and collectively explore the role of creative practitioners in contributing to its future sustainability.

The workshop will include:

  • A guided tour of the Forest Lodge site (not usually open to the public) by Senior Site Manager Ian Perks (sightings of red squirrels are likely!)
  • An introduction to the reserve and the Cairngorms Connect partnership which aims to create a 200-year vision for the Cairngorms and undertake a massive restoration of 60,000 hectares of land
  • A creative outdoor workshop led by environmental artists Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, based on their artistic practice in Caledonian Pinewoods
  • A group discussion exploring the potential for creative practices to contribute to the future sustainability of the Cairngorms region and possible avenues for future collaboration

Discussion and outcomes will be captured and shared via the Creative Carbon Scotland website and will contribute to the development of Scotland’s arts and sustainability network, engaged in furthering the role of the arts and culture in building a more sustainable society.

We welcome participants engaged in a broad range of sectors and areas including: ecological restoration, natural parks and site management, natural heritage, forestry, environmental protection, creative practitioners, arts organisations and community groups.


Please plan to arrive from 12:30pm for a 1pm start.

Travel planning

Forest Lodge is situated approximately 15 miles from Aviemore and 4 miles from Nethy Bridge.

Car sharing

Travelling by car is the most viable way of reaching Forest Lodge, due to its isolated nature. If you plan to travel by car we encourage you to car share with other participants to minimise the associated carbon emissions and as a chance to meet others living and working in your area.

There will be at least one or two cars travelling from the central belt and one from Aviemore train station, which will have a few extra spaces available on a first come first serve basis.

Please let us know whether you are interested in car sharing via Eventbrite by Friday 27th October to allow enough time to coordinate journeys. 

Public transport

The nearest mainline train station to Forest Lodge is Aviemore, with Stagecoach bus services running to Nethy Bridge (Route 34 & 34x).

If you are travelling by public transport, you may wish to use the Traveline Scotland journey planner app:

What to bring

Please bring a packed lunch and appropriate clothing that is warm and waterproof, including sturdy footwear and ideally waterproof trousers. You may also wish to bring a water bottle and thermos. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Creative Carbon Scotland is committed to actively promoting accessibility, equality and inclusivity in all of our work. Forest Lodge is fully wheelchair accessible and we will accommodate access needs as best we can in our event plans. Please contact if you require access or travel support or have any questions regarding access.

Event registration

This event is free of charge but does take time and resources to run. Places are limited so please reserve your place using the link below and tell us how you intend to travel so we can help to coordinate participant travel plans. Maps and directions will be provided closer to the event date.

This event is run in partnership with RSPB Scotland

Green Tease is an ongoing informal events programme which connects creative practices and environmental sustainability. Our Green Tease Open Call is here to support cultural and sustainability practitioners and organisations to run your own events with support from Creative Carbon Scotland.

Find out more about previous and upcoming events and how you can get involved in the Green Tease network.

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4th November 2017
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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