Forest Stacks- Part of the Playstacks initiative

  • Ruth Morrow (Advisor)

Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement


The Playstacks Initiative is a concept developed by Ruth Morrow that combines technology and social/ artistic engagement in local communities.

Forest Stacks is the first manifestation of this concept - working in partnership with Voluntary Arts Ireland Team.

It is an exciting new community building initiative based in Garvagh Forest, working with a 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 making and 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.

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.

This Forest Stack project is funded by the Northern Ireland Executive under the 'together building united communities' policy. It does so in partnership with Voluntary Arts Ireland , Garvagh's Peoples Forest and Queen's University Belfast
Period30 Jul 201805 May 2019
Work forVoluntary Arts Ireland, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • making
  • community
  • spaces of rehearsal
  • building community
  • forest