Midlothian Woodland Explorers

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Turn curious children into woodland explorers at a Forestry Commission Scotland workshop, part of Midlothian Science Festival.
The event, on Friday 18th October from 1.00pm – 5.00pm, will take place in the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College and is welcome to children of all ages.
The Woodland Explorers workshop will help children discover the secrets hidden at the core of trees by looking for significant dates in history and how they are shown in the tree rings.
Potential eco-warriors will also be engaged by discovering exactly how trees absorb and store carbon dioxide and why this is so beneficial for the environment, before learning about diseases and how to protect trees from them.
Andy Matthews from Forestry Commission Scotland commented: “This is a really hands on workshop for children who all have curiosities about trees and how they work.
Tree disease may seem like a very adult topic, but kids are so perceptive about nature and can learn simple signs of disease and how to report it which will be beneficial to Midlothian’s tree population in the long run.
It’s great to be involved in the Midlothian Science Festival which is putting science into the hands of children and really engaging them. Forestry Commission Scotland is passionate about outdoor learning and this workshop is just that.”
The free event can be dropped into at any point between 1.00pm and 5.00pm. For more information visit: http://midlothiansciencefestival.com/event/woodland-explorers/
For older children and adults interested in tree disease, especially ash dieback, ‘The Future of Our Woodland’, a talk by Matt Elliot from Forest Research, will run directly after the workshop at 7.00pm at Newbattle Abbey College.
The talk will discuss the future options of local woodlands, the progress of the ash dieback crisis so far, and how young trees are being protected. For more information visit: http://midlothiansciencefestival.com/event/the-future-of-our-woodlands/
Notes to Editors
1.  Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2.    For news, events and recreation information log on to www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests or https://twitter.com/FCScotlandNews
3.    The FCS agobair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridhcoilltearachdRiaghaltasna h-Alba agus a’ riaghladhnan 660,000 heactaireanann an OighreachdnaCoilleNàiseanta, a’ dìonadh, a’ cumailsmachd air agus a’ leudachadhnancoillteangusbuannachdan a thoirtdhacoimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidhagus, agobair an aghaidhatharrachadhgnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4.    The Year of Natural Scotland 2013, the final in a series of four focus years, is a chance to highlight the great natural assets of our country and celebrate our reputation as a land of outstanding beauty. New and existing events throughout the year will promote ways in which visitors can enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly. www.visitscotland.com
5.     Forestry Commission Scotland has launched a campaign to find out what Scotland’s national tree should be.  To give your views log on to www.forestry.gov.uk/scotlandsnationaltree
6.    Media enquiries to Alix Laidlaw at Golley Slater on 0131 220 8787

e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk