Places That We Know


About This Toolkit

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    This sense of place toolkit is a digital document which highlights what makes the communities in the Places That We Know area unique and distinctive. It aims to outline a strong identity for these communities supported by interesting and factual examples, case studies and guidelines for promoting and celebrating local distinctiveness. The toolkit includes maps, graphics, photography, theming, and text for a variety of uses.


    This toolkit can be useful in different ways to everyone interested in what makes places in the Muirshiel Hills, Lochwinnoch, Garnock Valley, Three Towns, Kilwinning and Irvine special!

    • Local residents

      To learn more about the place you live or work and what makes it special

    • Local businesses

      To find inspiration for locally distinctive enterprise and branding, to develop key messages for customers or visitors

    • Teachers

      To develop lesson plans or projects that have a local heritage or nature focus

    • Community Groups

      To support funding applications, project idea development and partnership working through access to strategic wording and evidence

    • Visitors

      To find interesting and unique places to visit and explore

    • Public Bodies

      To help in reviewing local assets and considering new interpretation or plans

    • Local artists

      To inspire artistic works and cultural initiatives celebrating local distinctiveness

    • Students or Researchers

      To initiate research and understanding of the key stories and connections across the area


    All of the text and graphic content in the Sense of Place Toolkit is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. That means you are able to:

    • download, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format;

    • remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

    • So long as you also:

    • Give appropriate credit to Places That We Know, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests Places That We Know (or Garnock Connections) endorses you or your use.

    • If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.


    Some of the media included in the toolkit (and on other parts of this website) may be published under a different license or be subject to copyright by the owner. Please check the details on the page before downloading and email if you are unsure.

    Maps embedded in the toolkit contain data subject to copyright by Mapbox and OpenStreetMap.

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