UNESCO has declared 3rd November ‘International Day for Biosphere Reserves'. We are meeting some of the people who make our Biosphere special and speaking to them about their contribution to it and how it inspires them.
Arts Development Manager
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How does living and working in a UNESCO Biosphere inspire you?
The Isle of Man inspires every day in so many different ways. Whether spending time in glorious sunshine or wrapped up warm on a stormy day, there is so much around us to enjoy and explore.
Living and working here, I feel privileged to have everything I need nearby – friends and family, beautiful countryside on my doorstep, fresh air and space to enjoy and exercise, and a vibrant and exciting cultural and creative scene.
What do you gain from being involved in your Biosphere?
Professionally, working with our outstanding creative community, no day is ever the same. It is continually inspiring to work with local artists and creatives with such passion and talent, using their skills to shape the unique cultural identity of our Island Biosphere.
Personally I have two children who have benefited so much from the diversely wonderful lifestyle our Biosphere provides. There is so much to do and enjoy all year round.
How would you encourage others to get involved in the Biosphere, too?
The Isle of Man Arts Council works to inspire participation and engagement in the arts for our whole Island community. This can be in the shape of traditional funding support but also with the development of projects and initiatives Island wide, promoting traditional and contemporary arts as part of our culture, education, economy, health and well-being and quality of life.
We actively encourage our community to work with us so we can creatively support and develop with them.
What’s your favourite natural place in the Biosphere and why?
My favourite natural place in the Biosphere is South Barrule Plantation.
I love walking. During the lockdown, my daughter’s horse was stabled at Corlea, and when she was there, I would walk in the nearby plantation. It is a special place to me, and I loved the stillness and peace amongst the safety of the trees and the stunning views towards the south of the Island. In all seasons and weathers, it’s a place that never fails to calm.
What’s the one thing visitors to the Biosphere should experience and enjoy, and why? Can be a location, activity, cultural experience, food, etc?
It’s impossible to name just one thing to experience and enjoy here!
However, a visit to our stunning Gaiety Theatre is an absolute must, not just to enjoy Frank Matcham’s wonderful Victorian splendour but to be immersed in top class theatre from our outstandingly talented Manx community.
What makes you proud of your Biosphere?
There is so much to be proud of here in our Island Biosphere. For me, it is the amazing community we live in where such talent and skills are in abundance, and the sheer joy and willingness of people to share and support each other is all around us.
Sum up what Biosphere means to you in one word?