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The Forestry Commission is pleased to announce the return of the prestigious sporting event, Rallye Sunseeker International – an event that it has supported for a number of years - which is kicking off the MSA British Rally Championship 2011 season.
On Saturday 26th February, spectators will be able to watch the 65 mile rally, featuring 100 competitors, from six Forestry Commission sites around the Dorset area - Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood North, Uddens Plantation, Whitesheet Plantation, Wareham Forest and Gore Heath.
Andrew Norris, the Forestry Commission’s Community Manager in Dorset, said:
“Rallye Sunseeker International brings a great deal of excitement to the area and we’re delighted to announce that once again, the rally will be raced on Forestry Commission land. Importantly, the event brings the beauty of the woodlands in Dorset to the attention of a whole new audience. People who might not otherwise visit the forest will quickly discover why so many people choose to visit so often. Widening the appeal of Dorset to include harder to reach groups is a welcome consequence of hosting the rally.”
The Forestry Commission organises a wide range of events annually to enable visitors to enjoy the fantastic sites of Dorset. It works with a variety of partners on a whole host of recreation initiatives to encourage public enjoyment, exercise and healthy living.
Note to Editor
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For more information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest
Libby Burke on 02380 286832