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Forestry Commission Hosts ‘Doggie Fun Day’

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Thames Chase - Man and his dog at Fun dog show

Dog owners and their canine pals are invited to strut their stuff at the Forestry Commission’s Doggie Fun Day on Thursday 11 August. The free family event will be held in the Wilverley Plain car park from 10:30am – 3:30pm and will be packed with a range of activities, stalls and competitions.

Furry friends will have the chance to take part in agility courses and have their obedience tested in ‘Temptation Alley’. The ‘Have a go’ agility course by Cara Dog Training and competitions including ‘Scruffiest Pup’ and ‘Dog most like it’s owner’ will also be taking place throughout the day.

The National Park Association, New Forest Dog Owners Group, local police, the Verderer’s Clerk and the New Forest Dog Warden Service will all be on hand at their stalls to give handy tips and information to families about responsible dog ownership.

Zoe Cox, one of the Forestry Commission’s ranger team, explained:

“The fun day is a great occasion for all the family to enjoy with their dogs and is a chance to show-off their pet’s skills. There will be lots of entertainment and activities throughout the day and a range of local organisations will be available to talk about being a responsible dog owner, both at home and when you’re out and about.

“We all enjoy the great outdoors, especially when we can bring our dogs along, so it’s important that families know how to control their pet in the forest, particularly around live stock, deer and ground nesting birds.”

Charities including Labrador Rescue will be at the event to support the Forestry Commission, whilst the local scouts will be selling delicious home made cakes for all the family to enjoy. Stalls selling a range of dog-friendly treats and accessories will also be at the fun day.

Entry to the event is free, although there is a small £3 charge to enter your dog for the competitions. For more information, please call 02380 286840 or visit



The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For more information, visit


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