City Girl in Nature documents the visit to Seven Sisters National Park

A NEW short film documenting the experiences of four young urban people en route to their first ever visit to a national park has been released.

Moments in Nature, a short film by Kwesia X – aka City Girl in Nature – was created as part of the Campaign for National Parks’ National Parks: New Perspectives grant program for young storytellers to share their experiences of national parks can share in their own way.

Filmed at Seven Sisters Country Park and Friston Forest earlier this summer, the project follows the journeys of Kwesia, Palmiro and Toheeb from London and Mera from Birmingham, who traveled by train and bus around the coast, forests and open spaces explore in South Downs National Park.

Introducing her film, Kwesia, who lives in Lewisham, said: “I only found out what a national park is last year. Since then I have been to four national parks and plan to visit all of them.

“To me, a national park is a glimpse of the big wide world and the wonders of Mother Nature. This film captures how the landscape facilitates bonds of friendship and an understanding of coexistence with the natural world. My goal is to enable others like me to visit national parks.”

Nicknamed City Girl in Nature, the 24-year-old is determined to get more people to connect with nature and national parks, and the film’s launch coincides with the launch of a new City Girl in Nature crowdfunder www.crowdfunder .co together .uk/p/city-girl-in-nature.

Kwesia was one of 10 young storytellers to receive £1,000 plus training funding from Ocean City Media as part of a new grant scheme aimed at amplifying the voices of those less heard in national parks.

During the film, first-time visitor Toheeb said, “The national park for me was just vibes, just look everywhere, cows, it’s not every day you see cows. It’s a different atmosphere than in the city – busy, everyone trying to get somewhere, nobody really talks to each other. So this is more in touch with nature than with yourself.”

“We were incredibly moved by Kwesia’s powerful film; We know how important and powerful it is to share authentic stories from national parks to inspire people to love and care for these protected landscapes,” said Dr. Rose O’Neill, Executive Director of Campaign for National Parks.

“National parks are for everyone and with over 100 million visits a year, they bring tremendous benefits to our health and well-being.

“But there is real inequality in access and participation, which is why we are campaigning for changes to the Leveling Up and Regeneration Bill to ensure inclusive access to national parks is a priority alongside larger conservation efforts.” City Girl in Nature documents the visit to Seven Sisters National Park

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