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NEWS RELEASE No: 1650720 JULY 2015

Grizedale Forest encourages families to protect their local forest

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The Forestry Commission at Grizedale is inviting families to get involved in protecting their local forest during summer holidays.

Over the summer, Forestry Commission rangers will be working alongside families to carry out some valuable and vital work at Grizedale Forest. Families are being invited for free and active days out which will contribute towards helping the forest thrive. 

Some of the activities include removing invasive vegetation such as rhododendron, clearing the river of brash and vegetation, looking after the trails and world-famous sculptures.

Mark Birchall, Recreation Ranger said

"This is a great chance for families to spend quality time together and make a real difference in the forest, all ages are welcome. So put on your old clothes, pack a picnic and we will provide tools, work gloves, tea, coffee, juice and biscuits!”

Christina Turtle, Volunteer Co-ordinator says,

“All this work is carried out to make Grizedale Forest a better place for people and for wildlife  -  to create a special place. This day is about families getting to know their forest better and the importance of ensuring it is protected.”

The summer family days are on Monday 20th July, Wednesday 5th August or Sunday 30th August, from 10am until 2pm.

Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead, is a public forest, cared for by the Forestry Commission. The Forestry Commission are eager that people get to know their local forest by getting involved, while spending time with nature and family.

The Forestry Commission is giving FREE PARKING for the activity days to families who get involved.

Booking is essential! To book, and reserve a place or for any questions; contact Christina Turtle, Volunteer coordinator; or 0300 067 4492.

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