Green Space Stories

Share your memorable experience in the landscape with us

Green Space Stories is bringing together the stories of thousands of people from across the UK, sharing their relationship with nature and the landscape, whether hills or mountains, lakes or beaches, woodlands or local parks.

There is no story too short to tell, e.g. one line about your favourite green or blue (water) place – and no experience that we cannot learn from. It’ll take less than 10 minutes to complete.

We are just as interested in hearing about your dog walk, or daily exercise in nature, as we are about bigger adventures in the natural landscape, and of course your experience as a Lumenator, if you take part in Green Space Dark Skies.

Why should I share my story?

If you submit a Green Space Story during September you can enter a FREE PRIZE DRAW for a bundle of goodies from Columbia and trundl.  You can enter once for every story, and we will be making five draws a week throughout the month, so if you aren’t lucky the first time, you can submit a different story for another chance to win.  Don’t forget that a story can be a photo, voice note or just a few words about your time in nature.

By sharing your story, you will help to create a snapshot of people’s relationships with nature in 2022.  Thousands of stories are being gathered in an online archive that anyone can access to understand our connection with the landscape.  You don’t have to have been a Lumenator to tell us your story, so please encourage people you know to share their experiences too.

What will happen to my story?

Highlights of the anonymous stories, photographs and recordings are available to view through our online dashboard (best viewed on a desktop computer).  Anyone can sift and sort through them, based on a particular theme or where they were collected, for example.

The archive might be used by artists to inspire a song, poem, artwork, film or book.  It might be used by government organisations or local councils to inform and shape policies.  It might be used by researchers looking for information about how certain themes emerge in our relationship with the landscape.  Educators or community groups might use it to find stories from people of certain ages, or in a specific area of the country. The possibilities are endless.

The National Parks of the UK will look after the archive for five years keeping it accessible to use long after Green Space Dark Skies ends in October 2022.

How can I take part?

You can tell your story through a photo, a few words, or a poem or you can record yourself talking about your memorable or meaningful experience.  You might like to take a photo of a painting or natural sculpture made by your child, inspired by their time in nature, or tell us what being in a green or blue (water) space means for you: does it make you feel connected to your past, your family, the future? How does it make you feel?  What is a favourite memory? Have a look at some of the stories shared so far.

 

Tell us your stories

Click on the link below and tell us your story.  We will also ask you a few questions to help us understand what your experience means to you.  Some of them might look a bit unusual, but we hope that you will find them interesting. Find out more here.

You can share as many stories as you like, but you will have to enter each one separately.

We look forward to reading and seeing your stories.

Lumenators collectively holding lights above their heads at dusk with the sea in the distance. Photo taken at our first test event at Dinas Dinlle, Caernarfon

Photo: Geraint Thomas, Panorama Photography

Storytelling is a powerful way of communicating our hopes, our dreams, and our fears.  People have been using stories for thousands of years and we use them to shape our understanding, to communicate how we feel and think, and we use them to make sense of the world around us.

Catrina Page
University Engagement Liaison Manager, Walk the Plank

Be inspired

Have a browse through the stories shared so far and be inspired to share your own.

The Kinder Scout trespass, back in 1932, sparked a national conversation about our relationship to landscape in this country and our allied rights and responsibilities. The response to the COVID pandemic and lockdown, the causes of and need to address the climate emergency, and the evident requirement to restore the quality of nature and biodiversity all urge us to recognise that this conversation is very much alive and relevant – even vital – in the UK today.  Green Space Stories is our attempt to make a space for that conversation where the necessary subtleties, nuance and varied perspectives can thrive, so that we can all listen, learn, change and benefit based on an open, safe dialogue inspired by our precious, nurturing landscapes.

Alastair Barber
Director of Communications, National Parks UK
Two female walkers watching the sunset on top of a hill with the Brecon Beacons rolling in the background. One of the females is pointing out over the hill.

Photo: Brecon Beacons National Park, Tim Jones

A mother and father walking with their son and daughter along a path that has a autumnal bush on their right side.

Photo: Exmoor National Park, Jim Johnston

Whether you love the countryside or feel you are not welcome there, we want to hear your stories. For many people the shared experience of coming together, meeting new people and creating living artworks in nature at dusk, might be emotional and transformational.  Whether your story is funny or sad, joyful or painful, short or long, a picture or words, whether you have been a Lumenator or not, it matters, and we’d like you to share it with us.

Liz Pugh
Producer (Wales) & Co-founder Walk the Plank

Green Space Stories is part of Green Space Dark Skies and is a partnership between Walk the Plank, National Parks UK and the University of Salford, commissioned by UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

Free Prize Draw Terms and Conditions

WHAT INFORMATION WILL WE COLLECT?

The only information collected for the prize draw is your name and email address.

The prize draw is optional. You are not obliged to enter the prize draw in order to submit your story.

WHO WILL RETAIN AND PROCESS THE DATA?

National Parks UK will be responsible for the management of all data collection and processing.

HOW WE WILL USE THE CONTACT INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE FOR ENTERING A PRIZE DRAW:

Your contact information will be disassociated from the rest of your responses once you have saved your story.  It will be stored separately in a password protected area.

The required number of winners will be selected at random. In the event that winners cannot be contacted within two weeks, additional winner(s) will be drawn in the same manner as above.

Contact information gathered for a prize draw will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any third parties, unless this is solely for the purpose of distributing prizes.

HOW LONG WILL WE KEEP YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION?
On successful delivery of all prizes, all personal data will be deleted.

If contact information is transferred to a third party for delivery of the prize, the third party will also delete the data on completion and advise us when this has taken place.

PRIZE DRAW TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
The following terms and conditions will apply to the prize draw:.

1.     Entrants must be aged 18 years or over and must not be employees or contractors of National Parks or Walk the Plank.

2.     Only those people submitting a Green Space Story are eligible to take part in the prize draw.

3.     One entry per story submitted is allowed.

4.     Entry to the prize draw is free.

5.     To enter, once you have saved your story, please click through to provide your name and email address in the prize draw entry form box. To enter you must include your email address at the time you complete the survey.

6.     There will be four weekly draws from stories received during the seven days prior to each closing date (or from 1 September for the first draw).  The closing date for entries will be 11 September, 2 October, 16 October and 30 October 2022, and winners will be notified within a week of each draw.  If winners cannot be contacted after two weeks, another name will be drawn, in the same manner as previously, to take the prize.

7.     We will not link your name to any other data you have provided and will only use the name and email address provided if you win the prize draw.

8.     Prizes may not be exchanged or substituted for any other goods or services, including cash.

9.     The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence can be entered into.

10.  Entry into the draw implies your acceptance of these rules as final and legally binding.

11.  The promoter of this offer is National Parks UK.

12.  Your email address will not be used for any other purposes and will be deleted from our database once all prizes have been delivered.