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Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting families and locals to join them for their multi-cultural, interactive tree dressing event at Bluebell Woods, Johnstone on Saturday 6 December 2014.
Running from 12pm to 5pm, the tree dressing event has lots of exciting activities for the whole family, including storytelling, willow weaving, woodland arts and crafts and drumming workshops, as well as celebrating Scotland’s national tree, the Scots Pine.
There will be six foot banners on display designed by nine local community groups and schools, including Auchenlodment Primary School, Dixon Care Elderly, Flexi-care, High Life and other local groups. There will also be large willow Phoenix hanging from the trees created by Phoenix Futures.
The event will reach a climax with a led walk through the enchanted, illuminated woodlands from 4.15pm to 5pm.
Matthew Buckland, Community and Recreation Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland, who will be on site on the day, said:
“It’s a fun family day out and a great chance for the local community to get involved in their locals woods and celebrate Scotland’s national tree. We will also have food and hot drinks available on the day.
“Events like these are run as part of the Commission’s Engagement Programme and it’s great to bring together a diverse range of people from different backgrounds to access and enjoy the benefits of being involved in nature.
“We hope to see lots of local people come down to enjoy the event. Please remember to bring a torch and wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear.”
The event is free to all and no booking is required. Children under 16 years old must be supervised by an adult at all times during the walk.
The meeting point is at the main entrance of Johnston Woods, off Elm Drive. On street parking is available on Elm Drive or Maple Drive.
The National Tree Dressing 2014 event is being run in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland, Commonwealth Woods, Phoenix Futures and Paths for All.
For more information on Bluebell Woods, please visit; http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/bluebell-woods
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
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3. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland