Tentsmuir Family Fun Days

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23 JULY 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 16012

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Are you running out of ideas to keep the children occupied in the holidays? Why not bring them along to a nature themed family fun day in Tentsmuir Forest?

Forestry Commission Scotland has teamed up with Scottish Natural Heritage to organise three free activity days that will give children and adults the opportunity to learn more about the nature and wildlife around this spectacular coastal forest.

The events will be held on Thursdays 25 July, 1 August and 8 August.

Eve Schulte, for the Commission’s team in Tayside, said:

“There will be lots of craft activities going on – and some games – that will offer a fun way to learn about some really interesting and important things.

“Squirrels and trees will be two of the themes but we’ll also be looking at rubbish – why it’s good not to be a litter bug and making things out of stuff that people throw away.

“It’ll be great fun, so why not pack a lunch and come along for a great day out?”

All events will be held in the picnic area next to the main car park between 12.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. No booking is required and although the events are free of charge there is a £2 admission fee to the car park.

Thursday 25 July – To raise awareness that dropping litter in the countryside could cause fires, create health and safety hazards and be a threat to wildlife, we will be running activities such as making bottle fish out of rubbish (with the assistance of Lisa Earl from Create…Kids Creative Craft Workshops), a “Really Rubbish” Treasure Hunt, as well as quizzes and puzzles.

Thursday 1 August - we will be introducing kids to the majestic trees in our forest, the creatures that live in them and the things that can be made out of wood. Activities will include a forest treasure hunt, tree slice design and storytelling as well as craft activities.

Thursday 8 August - will focus on the red squirrels, which benefit from the important stronghold that is Tentsmuir Forest. Everyone taking part will get the chance to “make their own squirrel”, test their agility with the squirrel long jump, listen to stories or follow the “Nutty” treasure hunt.

For more information contact Eve on at eve.schulte@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or on 07909 681809.

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

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

3. Scottish Natural Heritage is the Government’s advisor on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland. Our role is to help everyone understand, value and enjoy Scotland’s nature now and in the future. For further information on SNH, please visit our website at www.snh.gov.uk

4. 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

e-mail: Paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk