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.