NIA: Get Out in Winter
Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area digital multimedia project.
In this short film we worked with the community in Meeth to produce a short film about going outside in winter. Two groups of young people from the Messy Meeth Monkeys and the Night Owls went for a wintery walk at Devon Wildlife Trust's Meeth nature reserve with older members of the local community. We gave the young people some digital cameras to capture memories of their walk in photographs. You can hear the group talking about how getting outside in winter makes them feel.
The Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area (NIA) is a pioneering project covering the greater part of the Torridge River catchment. The project works with landowners and local communities to help support, protect and connect wildlife habitats and enhance recognition that our natural heritage underpins all our lives. A healthy network of wildflower grasslands, broadleaved woodlands and clean rivers isn’t just good for wildlife. They provide food and fuel, help improve water quality, reduce flooding and offer special places for healthy outdoor recreation where human spirits are uplifted and inspired.
In addition to the more traditional work with landowners, schools programme and community work, the Nature Improvement Area Project partner Devon Wildlife Trust worked with local communities on a multi-media arts project.
The resulting short films are based on “My living landscape” – a creative expression of what the local landscape, associated wildlife & understanding of ecosystem services means to each group.