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NEWS RELEASE No: 1347431 MARCH 2010

Drink in the landscape at Ludlow's Mortimer Forest

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View from High Vinnals

Sunday visitors to the Forestry Commission estate at Mortimer Forest are getting a special Easter treat with the launch of a new snack bar offering a range of drinks and homemade snacks and cakes.

Based at High Vinalls car park, the Rosy Tea Tent, run by Anita Bigby, is a mobile snack bar, with a canvas extension that will cover tables and chairs for up to 12 people.

The Rosy Tea Tent will be open every Sunday from 11am – 4pm from Easter until the end of October. 

Anita Bigby, from The Rosy Tea Tent, says:

“The forest is a lovely environment, especially in spring and summer.  I’m really looking forward to being there and I hope lots of people come along to sample my food and drink.”

Vinnalls Car park is the starting point of three walks into Mortimer Forest, the Easy Access trail, Vinnalls loop, which takes in the panoramic views of Shropshire, Herefordshire and beyond at High Vinnalls  and the climbing Jack trail which takes the walker on a nine mile walk right round Mortimer Forest.

Mortimer Forest is a remnant of the ancient Saxon hunting forests of Mocktree, Deerfold and Bringewood. 

The proximity of Ludlow has strongly influenced this forest. It was these woods that provided the huge quantity of firewood needed to warm the inhabitants of Ludlow Castle.

The landscape of the forest is dominated by limestone ridges. The sometimes steep slopes and moderate height of the forest provides magnificent views in clear weather.

Georgina Sharp, from  the Forestry Commission,  says:

We’re really pleased that the Rosy Tea Tent is coming to Mortimer Wood.  The area is very popular with visitors, especially at the weekend.  It’s great that there will now be somewhere people can go for a drink or a snack after they have worked up an appetite in the Forest”     

To find High Vinnalls car park, from  Ludlow head out of town on the B4361, take the turning on the right just over the bridge sign posted for the Forestry Commission. High Vinnalls car park is about 2.5 miles along this road towards Wigmore.

For more information on Mortimer Forest and the work of the Forestry Commission in the Marches area visit

The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside.  The West Midlands region covers the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and parts of Derbyshire and Leicestershire.   To find out more about Forestry Commission England visit

Georgina Sharp (Recreation Ranger) at the Forestry Commission’s Mortimer Forest Office on 01584 813826 or 07795 052426 or email