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Nationwide Forest Discovery Day celebrates woods and forests during English Tourism Week

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Forestry Commission England will host Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 30 March, during English Tourism Week, to invite more people to explore all that England’s woods and forests have to offer.

From finding out about the past and present of timber production, to uncovering wildlife living amongst the trees, Forest Discovery Day events and activities will take place at woods and forest across the country.

For those not able to get to an event, there are also activities to download from the Forestry Commission website, to enjoy any woodland location.

Director of Forestry Commission England, Ian Gambles, commented:

“Woods and forests are great for people and wildlife, as well as supporting the timber trade. Forest Discovery Day is all about sharing the good work the Forestry Commission does with visitors and encouraging people who may have not visited for a while to take time to enjoy their local woodlands.”

Activities include a special trail at Beechenhurst Lodge in the Forest of Dean to unravel the timber production process, den building at Hamsterley Forest in Durham, a family volunteering day planting willow in North Yorskshire’s Guisborough Forest and crafts at The National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.

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To make the most of your local woods and forests, the Forestry Commission Discovery Pass covers your parking charges for a year. Visit for more information.


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.

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