Reinterpreting the Wild Law with the Rangers (North Berwick)
In June 2011, 90 Primary 5 pupils from Law Primary School held a two-hour ‘Extravaganza’ event at North Berwick Law to conclude a year-long John Muir Award project. Having chosen the Law as their ‘wild place’ to discover, explore and conserve for their Award, the Extravaganza event shared all they had learnt with parents and the public. Helped on the project by East Lothian Council Countryside Ranger Service, Museums Service and Library Service as well as local historians, artists and musicians, the children used period costumes, storytelling, artefacts, drama, art, music and traditional games from the Brythonic Iron Age period. The children also made six interpretation boards about the social history, geology and wildlife for a possible hill trail to the summit with creative writing and artwork inspired by facts and anecdotal stories from interviewing people in the local community and their own relatives.
It is hoped these boards will become part of future interpretation planned for the Law, particularly to help with long-term protection and conservation of this special ‘wild place’. The boards encourage visitors to reduce their impact by taking a safe path to the summit to avoid erosion and not littering or dog fouling.
These boards have been donated to East Lothian Council Museums Service, where they can be featured in exhibitions, especially at the new coastal museum in North Berwick when it opens later this year.
Blog by Sam Ranscombe, Ranger