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NEWS RELEASE No: 146455 APRIL 2011

Bushcraft with Neroche

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Ranger demonstrating fire making using a fire steel during a bushcraft event

Have you ever fancied trying your hand at lighting a fire using just sparks or friction, carving a spoon from a piece of hazel, or building a shelter with sticks and leaves?  If so, then you could have the chance at one of two Family Bushcraft days being held in the Neroche Forest.  

Forestry Commission led days are being held on the edge of the Blackdown Hills, on Saturday 25 June and Saturday 30 July.  The events will take place in an idyllic setting, deep in the forest near Staple Fitzpaine, south of Taunton. 

Bushcraft experts will be on hand to teach people the basics from scratch – no previous experience is necessary.  Bushcraft appeals to all ages, from 5 year olds to 80 year olds!

Places cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.  To book a place,  please phone the Neroche Office on 01823 680846.

Notes to editors:

  1. About the Neroche Scheme
    The Neroche Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) is a four-year programme led by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a range of local partners.  It is designed to enhance and celebrate the landscape heritage of the northern part of the Blackdown Hills AONB, on the border of Somerset and Devon.  The Scheme encompasses a range of projects pursuing three broad objectives:
    Investing in the natural, built and cultural heritage of the area,
    Making the landscape more accessible to everyone,
    Improving people’s ability to sustain the qualities of the landscape into the future

  2. The Scheme covers 90 square kilometres of the Blackdown Hills between Culmstock Beacon and Castle Neroche, and has as its focus the 1000 hectare public forest estate managed by the Forestry Commission.  The Scheme runs to March 2011.  Further details of the Scheme can be found at

For Further Information Contact:
Caroline Newcombe, Neroche Scheme
Tel: 01823 680846