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Westonbirt celebrates forests with free entry for kids

                                                    11 July 2011
kids go freeKids go Free at Westonbirt Arboretum, 23 July-31 August 2011.

This summer, Westonbirt Arboretum is celebrating the United Nations International Year of Forests with free admission for kids and a host of activities exploring the hidden life of trees.

Families can take part in a programme of exciting activities throughout August, finishing with the ultimate celebration of trees at Westonbirt’s new summer Bank Holiday event, Treefest.

Uncover wildlife from mini-beasts and mud to fungi and roots at Life Beneath our Feet, 2-4 August. Look closely with microscopes, add to our large soil artwork and create crafty creatures to take away.

Discover the giants of the forest with Tree Architecture, 9-11 August. Look inside a tree to tell the story of its life, explore the tree's transport network with microscopes and help create a giant trunk from clay bark tiles.

Become a green detective at Growing Green, 16-18 August. Find out why our forests are green and the importance of the colour for all forest wildlife. Make giant leaves from willow and tissue paper and create leaf art to take home.

Leading up to and part of Treefest, 26–29 August, explore trees from around the world with Forests for the Future, 24-29 August. Take part in a forest quiz, connect your thoughts to the 'tree for the future' and take part in a different craft activity each day.

Find out more about summer activities on our family events page. 

Visit www.un.org/forests to find out more about the UN International Year of Forests, and see what else the Forestry Commission is doing to celebrate the occasion on our national IYF pages.