Just my imagination

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Good to see our local MP chose to ride hers up to the Assembly Rooms to visit the Forest of Imagination installation which has been delighting hundreds of visitors of all ages.

Wera Hobhouse – who is MP for Bath and Lib Dem Energy and Climate spokesperson – engaged in conversations with activists including Forest of Imagination co-founders Dr Penny Hay and Andrew Grant as well as local Sixth Formers about climate education and wellbeing.

Bath’s MP was also impressed by the thought-provoking and captivating artwork showcased at the event. She urged the public to take the opportunity to discover the Forest at Bath Assembly Rooms while it is still available. It runs until July 14th.

Forest of Imagination is an annual free event that brings the community together to celebrate culture, beauty, and biodiversity. This year, the event is a partnership between House of Imagination, Grant Associates, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Bath Spa University, National Trust and the RSA, alongside the creative, cultural and educational community of Bath and North East Somerset.

The Forest is being held at the Bath Assembly Rooms, where the National Trust has invited Forest of Imagination to celebrate its 10th anniversary as a contemporary arts event in Bath. The event aims to embed Forest into the longer-term identity of the city and establish it as a showcase for the creativity of the community. A guide to the event can be found here.

Ms Hobhouse commented:

“Visiting the Forest of Imagination was an absolute joy. I had engaging and fruitful conversations about climate education and wellbeing amid the beautiful and thought-provoking local art.

“Helping everyone to have access to climate education is a crucial part of our shift to a green future. It can offer valuable insight into climate change and ensure that younger generations can grow up with a strong connection to nature.

“I urge you to take the opportunity to discover the forest at Bath Assembly Rooms while you can.”

Penny Hay, Professor of Imagination at Bath Spa University said:

“It is vital that we embed nature connection, imagination, the arts and wellbeing at the heart of our education system – I propose that every city/nation needs a Commissioner for Future Generations with these as central themes, working alongside young people to co-design more hopeful futures.”