Local people invited to join family adventure day in the woods

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9 JUNE 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16282

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Local families are being invited to join a family fun day with a range of outdoor activities at Garscadden Commonwealth Wood in Drumchapel on Saturday 14 June 2014.

Located at one of a network of 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow set up to provide a lasting legacy of the Commonwealth Games, this free event offers something for people of all ages, including:

• exciting  aerial performances
• traditional West-African music and dance
• archery
• circus skills
• storytelling
• adventure walks 
• woodland arts and  crafts
• face painting

The family fun day forms part of Refugee Week [16-22 June], which celebrates the support and contribution that refugees have made to communities in Scotland.  The event aims to bring people together to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature.

There will also be the opportunity to put sporting skills to the test in a game of archery or explore the adventure trail and tackle the obstacle course.

Rose Filippi, Development Worker at the Maryhill Integration Network, who is hosting the event with support from the Forestry Commission Scotland, said:  “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Commonwealth Futures Family Adventure Day on Saturday, 14 June.

“With lots of activities, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy, whether it is arts and crafts, face painting or some of the inspiring acrobatic or music performances we’ve got lined up. It’s a great opportunity to introduce people to their local woods, many of which are on their doorstep.”

The Commonwealth Woods is a partnership project led by Forestry Commission Scotland with Woodland Trust Scotland, the Commonwealth Forestry Association, Glasgow City Council, Clyde Gateway, Cassiltoun Housing Association, West Dunbartonshire Council, South & North Lanarkshire Council and Paths for All.

It forms part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy to encourage people to get outdoors, get active, learn or just have fun and offers a range of free events and activities.

To find out your nearest Commonwealth wood and information about free events and activities visit www.commonwoods.org.uk

Notes to editor:

1. To find out where your nearest woodland is, what it offers, access and parking, and events and activities visit the website at www.commonwoods.org.uk  or the Facebook page and twitter account @Legacy14Woods.

2. The 14 woods in the network are: Kilpatrick Hills, Overtoun Estate, Lang Craigs, Garscadden, Boden Boo, Johnstone Woods, Cuningar, Auchenshuggle, Cathkin Braes, Castlemilk, Easterhouse, Rawyards, Old Mine Nature Park and Riccard Johnston.

3. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

4. For other Forestry Commission news, events and recreation information log on to        www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests For Twitter:                 www.twitter.com/fcscotland

5. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

6. Legacy 2014 means different things for different people but there's something for everyone.  We’ve planned early, we’ve got the programmes in place, and people are benefitting now. 

7. It's not just about the elite athletes, it's about you.  There's more to the Games than just sport. 11 days of spectacular sport is delivering a lasting legacy across Scotland, which will continue long after the Games have gone.  The Games coming to Scotland provides an exceptional opportunity to make our nation healthier, help our businesses to prosper and celebrate our modern and vibrant culture both at home and on the world stage. Visit www.legacy2014.co.uk to find out what the Games can do for you. Legacy 2014.  Be part of it.

8. For more information about the Maryhill Integration Network, please follow http://www.maryhillintegration.org.uk/

9. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0300 067 6508


e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk