What is Forest Stacks?

Forest Stacks is an exciting new community building initiative based in Garvagh Forest. We're working with an excellent team of artists, architects, apprentices, and local people to create temporary public spaces for everyone to use in the forest. A part of the Playstacks initiative, Forest Stacks also contributes to the Garvagh Peoples Forest Project which is currently creating value in the forest with and for local people enhancing the forest, community life and well-being.

Community well-being is at the centre of this project, aiming to use the spaces as a celebratory, community-led gathering place for local people. We believe in the transformative power of gathering through creative cultural activity. When people come together to work collectively, to share aspects of their culture and creative expression, they can create something valuable for themselves and their community. 

Garvagh Pyramid, created as a burial chamber for Lord Garvagh in the 19th Century

Forest Stacks provides that temporary space of meaning, like an extension of the kitchen table involving conversation, food, craft, making, designing, building, storytelling and performance  - very often touching on journeys, belonging, faith and creativity.


How can you get involved in Forest Stacks?

We're calling on all creative citizens, volunteers and local people to get involved in the project. We want to give local people the opportunity to try out designs and building processes and present creative responses to the idea of creating temporary spaces in the forest.

Whether you're a woodworker, a crafter, a painter, or a dab hand at DIY, if you can give time and creative energy, or have an interest and are willing to learn, you should get involved!

Drop in the the Garvagh Community building on Saturday 8 December from 11 am - 4.30pm to have a go at making 'portals' from snowberry bushes with the help of woodworker David Keys

Forest Stacks will end in the Spring of 2019 with a huge celebration in Garvagh People's Forest.

For more information and to register your interest fill out our simple form.

Or if you want to chat to someone from our team, get in touch at [email protected].

Check out what time team have been up to on Facebook


Upcoming Events

The group have been meeting throughout Summer and Autumn to plan an event for the Winter Solstice to bring everyone together to celebrate the longest night of the year and welcome light into the forest.

The Forest Stacks will be delivered in partnership between Voluntary Arts IrelandArts Ekta, the School of Natural and Built Environmnet QUB and the Garvagh People’s Forest Project – Garvagh Development Trust.

Read Garvagh People's Forest - A Commoning Practice by Development Lead, Karin Eyben.

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