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NEWS RELEASE No: 136288 JULY 2010

Fun for all in West Devon's Forests

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There is a range of fun events for people of all ages planned at Forestry Commission woodlands across West Devon this summer.

For children, there are two ‘Survival Skills and Green Woodcraft’ events where six to 12 year olds are invited to come along to learn some basic survival skills, green woodcraft and enjoy a campfire cookery taster. The first, on Tuesday 3 August is at Cookworthy Forest near Halwill and the second, on Tuesday 10 August is at Eggesford Forest near Crediton. The cost is 15 per child and accompanying adults go free – both sessions run from 10am to 3pm.

And the fun isn’t just aimed at the little ones! There are some adult only bushcraft sessions being held at Abbyford Woods, near Okehampton.

On Saturday 21 August there is a beginners’ Fire by Friction day where people can learn the bow drill technique from start to finish. There is also a Green Woodcraft session the following day, Sunday 22 August where people can come and make a range of items and harvest the natural materials they are made from. Both events cost 35 per person, which includes tea and coffee on the day. Tools are also provided and on the Fire by Friction event people can keep the carbon steel knife they use.

Booking is essential for all these events by calling 01392 834233.

Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.