Mortlach Story Walks

Mortlach Story Walks - Primary 4 poem
Mortlach Story Walks
Mortlach Story Walks

Project inception, management and delivery: Mary Bourne (Mortlach Parent Council)
Partner organisations: Speyside Paths Network Group and Mortlach Primary School, Dufftown
Artists: Janie Nicoll, Vivien Hendry, Mary Bourne
Writer: Ken Cockburn
Storyteller: Chuck Warren
Exhibition designer: Jenny Trueman (Mortlach Parent Council)
Supporting organisations: Historic Scotland, Wild Things Environmental Education, Spey Fisheries Board, Moray Council, Mortlach Parent Council.
Funders and in-kind support: please see the downloadable pdf report below for a full list.

Mortlach Story Walks was a cross-curricular, place-based learning project developed in partnership between Mortlach Primary School in Dufftown and Speyside Paths Network Group and facilitated by the school’s Parent Council. It involved the production of arts-based countryside interpretation materials (public artworks and story based guide leaflets) for the footpaths around Dufftown. These were researched and designed by children at the school working with experts in the locality and professional arts practitioners. This was a whole school project, from pre-school nursery up to Primary 7. A great deal of support was also received from local individuals who came to share their knowledge with the children, and local businesses who helped realise the artworks.

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Mortlach Story Walks - Walk around Dufftown with local historian

As a result of Mortlach Story Walks, Mortlach Primary School won the following awards:

  • Moray Young Citizens Award
  • Scotland’s Finest Woods Award: 1st Place
  • Woodland Trust: Green Tree School, Gold Award
  • Total Green School Awards/Totally Creative: Highly Commended
Mortlach Story Walks - Woodland session with environmental educators, Wild Things
Mortlach Story Walks - Introduction from local historian
Mortlach Story Walks
Mortlach Story Walks - Writing directly in response to nature
Mortlach Story Walks - Water testing with Spey Fisheries Board
Mortlach Story Walks - Primary 2 poem
Mortlach Story Walks - Session with Native American story-teller, Chuck Warren