Conserving Community Folk Heritage Sites in Scotland

Our Mission

The Woven Land Network is a Scottish focused voluntary collective network engaging with community in all parts of society to protect, conserve/restore, honour and advocate for Scotland’s community and folk heritage sites.

The Woven Land Network focuses on sites intrinsic to community & folk heritage –  holy wells, springs, standing stones, monuments, meeting places & other ancient sites. 

We focus on vulnerable or at risk sites with significant connection to community, oral history, folklore & people’s sense of identity.

We provide a network for interested volunteers from all religions and backgrounds to collectively conserve & monitor these sites.

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Our Story …

The woven land Network was born from the back of the Tales of the Taibhsear Chapbook and Album ( launched November 2018 in Edinburgh). The publication and album focussed and brought to life old Scottish folklore, folk magic and traditions conceived of by the Cailleachs Herbarium and brought to life by Amanda Edmiston Story Teller and Debbie Armour (Burd Ellen) Scottish Folk singer. The tales focus on wells, long forgotten folk magic practices and other community magic. This worked its own magic on us and we began to see just how vulnerable a lot of Scotland’s sacred sites – likes wells, springs, meeting places and monuments really are.We knew we had to take action.

Profits from the sale of the album and chapbook helped create the space and necessary funds to bring folx together from all over Scotland. These folx are interested in being part of a collective to protect Scotland’s community and folk heritage sites. Together we went on to create the network. Building the value base and activities to help us achieve everyones aims. From this the mission was born.

We aim to do this by

  • Working alongside local communities & other stakeholders to develop ideas, learn, share & conserve sites which the network is engaged with.
  • Work with folk/community heritage sites considered vulnerable or fragile due to neglect, human interference or other reasons.
  • Bringing people together to honour & celebrate scotland’s folk heritage centred at these sites & communities surrounding them.
  • Encourage respectful access and nurture a sense of connection & collective responsibility to folk heritage sites through various means such as knowledge exchange, events, on site specific work & other activities as appropriate.