7 February 2014
Forestry Commission England will host Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 30 March, during English Tourism Week, to invite more people to explore all that England’s woods and forests have to offer.
From finding out about the past and present of timber production, to uncovering wildlife living amongst the trees, Forest Discovery Day events and activities will take place at woods and forest across the country.
For those not able to get to an event, there are also activities to download from the Forestry Commission website, www.forestry.gov.uk/discoveryday to enjoy any woodland location.
Director of Forestry Commission England, Ian Gambles, commented:
“Woods and forests are great for people and wildlife, as well as supporting the timber trade. Forest Discovery Day is all about sharing the good work the Forestry Commission does with visitors and encouraging people who may have not visited for a while to take time to enjoy their local woodlands.”
Activities include crafts at The National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, where there will be a chance to celebrate Mothers’ Day with the Family Ties event, which will blow away those winter cobwebs with a special family trail and the opportunity to make a natural present or card to give to someone special. The event is included in the price of admission.
Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/discoveryday to find out what is happening near you.
To make the most of Westonbirt Arboretum, Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum membership covers your admission for a year. Visit www.fowa.org.uk for more information.
Notes to editors
1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains nearly 15,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 27,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk
3. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity’s objects are to support the National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from over 28,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at www.fowa.org.uk
Gina Mills, Communications Manager, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, on 01666 881321 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org