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NEWS RELEASE No: 1343725 MARCH 2010

Free pet checks at Haldon Forest Park

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People can bring their dogs to Haldon Forest Park this week for a free PSDA PetCheck. 

This is part of a UK PetCheck tour by the charity, which cares for pets of those in need by providing free veterinary services to their sick and injured animals and promotes responsible pet ownership.
PSDA will be based at the main car park at Haldon on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 March between 10am and 5pm.  As well as providing free PetChecks for dogs they will also be able to give advice on caring for other pets.  The heath checks on offer cover weight, eyes, teeth, ears, coat condition and general fitness.

Pet owners will be given the opportunity to talk to an experienced PSDA veterinary nurse about their pet’s healthcare and can get free information leaflets with advice on keeping pets fit and happy. 

1. There is something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park.  It is 3.500 acres of woodland, owned by the Forestry Commission, just fifteen minutes from Exeter.  It is open every day and there are a range of walks and all ability trails, cycling trails as well as a wide range of events.  Rangers are on hand daily to give advice and ensure people get the most out of their visit.  In addition Forest Cycle Hire is based at Haldon, hiring out mountain bikes to visitors and facilitating groups of cyclists in the forest.  Haldon Forest Park also hosts Go Ape, an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides in the tree tops.  The Ridge Café is open at Malden every day serving a range of delicious, locally sourced food and drink.  The site is also home to the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, an innovative organisation, which uses the arts to explore new understandings of our place within nature.  They hold regular exhibitions and run educational events.

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.  Further information can be found at

Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.