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Couple walking the Dukes Trail in Kielder Forest

This year, treat your Valentine to a romantic day out at a Forestry Commission woodland. We have plenty of interesting sites to visit – from the stunning Iron Age fort at Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean to the historical castle grounds at Kielder Forest in Northumberland.

Our sites are varied, beautiful and individual, so whatever your style - you bring the romance and we’ll provide the location.

One of the most romantic destinations in the Forestry Commission’s care is The National Arboretum at Westonbirt. With its 17 miles of winding woodland walks and striking natural displays of spring flowers, it’s no surprise that romantically inclined visitors have been known to get down on one knee.

Jilly Cooper, Author, says:

"I cannot think of anything more lovely than to go for a Valentine's Day walk in the arboretum. Blossom will be coming out and after the rain the trees are looking absolutely wonderful with all the buds colouring each species in different shades.
Westonbirt is always beautiful, there is so much to look at and enjoy. Even if you were a bit shy to take your Valentine there you would have plenty to talk about and plenty to look at and plenty of beautiful trees to steal a kiss under. Happy Valentine's Day to Westonbirt."

The Iron Age fort at the top of Symonds Yat Rock in the Forest of Dean is another great choice for a romantic sojourn. With stunning views over the River Wye and the cosy café offering mugs of hot chocolate nearby, what’s not to love?

For those of you that fancy treating your sweetheart to a romantic walk in inspirational surroundings, head to Kielder Castle where the Duke and Duchess trails never disappoint. Adrenaline seekers will also love our Go Ape option, where you can swing and zip-line your heart out in the lush canopy of the forest.

Another idea would be to surprise them a fresh Forest Posy from our online shop. We have a great selection of flowers, chocolates and forest inspired gifts. Or if they love music, why not take them to one of our Forest Live gigs? With acts including Paloma Faith and Olly Murs, the tickets will guarantee you a big smile.

So whether you want to see lakes lapping at conifer dotted shorelines, eat a picnic in a forest clearing or simply see some beautiful British wildlife, head down to one of our woodlands for a romantic day out this February. What could be more thoughtful than treating your loved one to some fresh air, green surroundings and the peaceful atmosphere that only a forest can provide?
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Notes to Editors:

• 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.

• Discovery Passes are other great gifts for Valentines Day, offering an annual parking permit, membership card and vouchers etc. To read more, visit

• Go Ape! is the UK’s number one forest adventure. The classic Go Ape experience is the 2-3 hour Tree Top Adventure which includes adrenaline pumping activities such as flying down zip-wires, leaping off Tarzan Swings and tackling crossings high in the canopy of the forest. For more information, visit

Media contact:  Sara Chan,, 0117 372 5107