One of the main goals of the Cry of the Forth Project has been to encourage visitors to explore the natural environment around them. In this blog post, we celebrate the concept of “blue space”, which has featured heavily in the Museum’s exhibition and events this summer, by taking a look at the St Ayles Rowing Club’s recent trip to Kortgene for the Skiffie World Championships.
What is blue space?
Blue space is a term given to accessible outdoor areas that encompass or are near to bodies of water. Blue space can be natural or manmade, and their social and health benefits can be compared to the more widely understood concepts of green space in cities.
Blue space has been found to improve both physical and mental wellbeing for those who spend time in them. For some, blue space can offer a sense of calmness and escape from the noise of a more urban environment. For others engaging with blue space can be a very active pastime. The Forth for instance is home to an array of historic tidal pools and sports clubs, allowing locals to make the most of what their blue space has to offer.