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NEWS RELEASE No: 1464824 MAY 2011

Fun for all with new forest treasure trails

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Family walking on the Play Trail, Haldon Forest Park

Follow the clues in the forest for a fun new way to explore some of the regions most beautiful woodlands.

The Forestry Commission has teamed up treasure hunt specialists Treasure Trails to offer an exciting new trail in two of its forests – Haldon Forest Park near Exeter and Cardinham Woods in Bodmin.  The trails will be available at both forests from Friday 27 May.

Called ‘Stumped?’ the family friendly trail involves a game of wildlife bingo, and winning cards can be entered into a draw to win a cash prize!  There are also brain teasers and a ‘spot the odd one out’ challenge.

People will be able to buy the trail sheets on site, costing £2 each. 

Forestry Commission Recreation Manager Stephen Lees says:

“We are always looking at ways to encourage people to spend time in our woods, and this trail offers a new and fun way for people to explore.  The trail will appeal to people of all ages and it is a great, value for money way to spend a morning or afternoon out.”

Treasure Trails is the UK's leading treasure hunt company which already has a successful network of over 700 trails in locations all over the country. Steve Ridd MBE, the Managing Director says:

“Our Trails aim to get people out and about exploring their local area in a fun and healthy way. We have written hundreds of Trails for towns, historic houses and visitor attractions, but these are our first Trails to be solely based in woodland. Working with the Forestry Commission has allowed us to create something completely new that will allow both children and adults to have a lot of fun exploring these fascinating locations.”

Notes to Editor

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.  Further information can be found at

For further information please contact Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.