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NEWS RELEASE No: 147615 JULY 2011

Sky Pod in the Park

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Inside the Sky Pod

Visitors to Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, near Ringwood will be able to experience the magic of the rainforest at first hand from 20 July – 2 August.

For two weeks only the Sky Rainforest Rescue pod will be under the forest canopy in East Dorset bringing visitors up close and personal with the amazing wealth of plants and animals that live in the Amazon, and the deforestation that threatens its future.
With 3D cinema, interactive floor, six video screens and quizzes, this ‘virtual rainforest’ experience encourages visitors to learn about the people of the Amazon, their culture and livelihoods, and the threat that deforestation poses for the species that inhabit the forest.

“Moors Valley is one of only three places in the UK to host the Sky Rainforest Rescue pod this year and we are certain our visitors are going to really enjoy the way it brings the forest to life,”

said Andrew Norris, Forestry Commission Head Ranger.
Secure inside the 12-metre bubble the visual effects are stunning, from the bustling canopy to the crawling forest floor and knowledgeable Pod hosts are on hand to answer questions and share a huge range of fascinating facts to help everyone understand why preserving the rainforest is so essential to life around the world.

“With careful management, nature and people are able to flourish side-by-side across Moors Valley’s 750 acre site,” added Andrew. “Sky Rainforest Rescue is aiming to promote a similar partnership on a much larger scale, by making the rainforest worth more to its local communities as a living resource. It is a hugely ambitious project, and one we are more than happy to endorse, aiming to help save one billion trees and protect an area roughly the size of Belgium from deforestation. I’d encourage everyone to make some time to come along and find out more about this amazing environment and the impact its destruction could have on all our lives.”
The Sky Rainforest Rescue pod will be open daily from 9am – 6pm, admission is free although parking charges do apply. For more information go to or call the Rangers on 01425 470721.

Notes to Editors

  1. The pod is part of Sky Rainforest Rescue which is Sky's 3 year  partnership with WWF to help save 1 billion trees in the Amazon rainforest. Today, every minute, an area larger than three football pitches of Amazon forest is lost.  The goal of Sky Rainforest Rescue is
    to help preserve about three million hectares from deforestation - an area roughly the size of Belgium.

  2. Now in its second year, Sky Rainforest Rescue involves WWF, Sky and the Acre state government working closely together to help reduce Acre's current levels of deforestation by making the forest worth more alive than dead to local communities. This includes:
    * providing support for local people to preserve their forests and adopt sustainable practices on their land
    * helping to identify new market opportunities for sustainable forest products like rubber, and enable local producers to get a fair price for their goods
    * supporting the Acre state government to monitor deforestation
    * engaging with governments and international bodies to address the causes of deforestation.

  3. Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
    Nature and people flourish side by side at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. Set in 700 acres, Moors Valley is home to a wide range of plants and animals as well as recreational and play facilities. Every year over 750,000 visitors enjoy the cycleways, a tree-top trail, picnic areas, lake and forest walks and play structures.
    Alongside an extensive events programme further attractions include: high wire forest adventure – Go Ape!
    cycle hire
    miniature steam experience on Moors Valley Railway
    recreational fishing lake
    18 hole Moors Valley Golf Course
    Seasons restaurant
    Country Shop

  4. Moors Valley is the joint venture of East Dorset District Council and the Forestry Commission. It is just ten miles north of Bournemouth, at Ashley Heath, on the Dorset/Hampshire border.
    For more information visit

Press Contacts

Forestry Commission
Libby Burke
Tel: 02380 286832
Forestry Commission press release no. 14761

Sky Rainforest Rescue
Sarah Anderson
Tel: 0207 032 0475

Publicity contact:
Amanda Walker
Phoenix 2
Tel: 01725 512200