Play Scotland's 20th Anniversary Seminar featuring Richard Louv

We are delighted to give you further details on our Seminar on Friday 21st September at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

Booking at

Speakers include:

 The renowned best Selling Author, Richard Louv
 Samuel Williams, Landscape Architect,


 Sue Palmer, Upstart Scotland

 Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland

more to be confirmed.

We will be hosting two sessions:

9am to 11.30am
Registration will commence at 8.30am

Session 2
1.30pm to 4pm
Registration will commence at 1pm.

Both sessions will mirror each other at a cost of £40 per person, per session which includes refreshments at registration.

Nancy Ovens Awards
We are delighted to be hosting the Nancy Ovens Awards for Play 2018 at this event. The Awards will be held between 12.15pm to 12.45pm (times TBC). These are free* to attend.
*Please note that no access to the Seminar will be permitted unless a paid space has been booked.

About Richard Louv
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including:

 Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

Camping in the garden, riding bikes through the woods, climbing trees, collecting bugs, picking wildflowers, running through piles of autumn leaves... These are the things childhood memories are made of. But for a whole generation of today's children the pleasures of a free-range childhood are missing, and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity, attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression. This timely book shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distanced from nature, why this matters and how we can make a difference. Last Child in the Woods is a clarion call, brilliantly written, compelling and irresistibly persuasive - a book that will change minds and lives..
 The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age

This New Nature Movement taps into the restorative powers of the natural world to boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Supported by ground-breaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.
 Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life: 500 ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family & Community (and Combat Nature-Deficit Disorder)

From the bestselling authority on connecting children with nature, a one-of-a-kind guide chock-full of practical ideas, advice and inspiration for creating a nature-rich life - for kids and grown-ups. In his ground-breaking international bestseller Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv spotlighted the alienation of children from the natural world, coining the term 'nature-deficit disorder'. Vitamin N is the comprehensive practical handbook, a complete prescription for enjoying the natural world. Includes: Five hundred activities Scores of informational websites An abundance of down-to-earth advice Dozens of thought-provoking essays. Unlike other guidebooks, Vitamin N (for 'nature') addresses the whole family and the wider community, encouraging parents eager to share nature with their kids. It is a dose of pure inspiration, reminding us that looking up at the stars or taking a walk in the woods is as joyful as it is essential, at any age.

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Arboretum Place, EH3 5NZ
21 September , Friday 09:00

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