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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Day of fun and facts down in the woods

IF you go down to the woods you’ll be in for a bundle of fun this autumn.

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Making most of it: Action packed days out in forests

The Forestry Commission is organising an adventure day at its Cumbrian forests, Grizedale and Whinlatter, on Sunday September 30.

The Forest Discovery Day is part of a national event designed to celebrate woods and forests and raise awareness of the role they play in building a greener and more sustainable future.

Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission chairman, said: “We would like to welcome everyone to get involved in our Forest Discovery Day to enjoy the fantastic woodlands close to them.”

Both Grizedale, in south Cumbria and Whinlatter near Keswick, will host children’s activities, woodland craft displays and practical forest work demonstrations, from 11am to 4pm.

Tim Oliver, form the Forestry Commissionsaid: “The Forest Discovery Day promises to provide a fascinating insight into the forests, the people who work there and the wildlife that inhabits them.

“It’s a chance to immerse yourself in forest life, learn some new skills and hopefully be inspired by the amazing work that goes on every day in the forest.”

Activities include bushcraft skills workshops where you can pick up survival tips such as fire-lighting techniques from the experts.

There will be lessons in wild cooking and live cookery demonstrations. A local artist will work with visitors to share the Indonesian art form of Batik involving waxing and dyeing.

For more information about Forest Discovery Day go to www.forestry.gov.uk/discoveryday.

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