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NEWS RELEASE No: 1387329 JULY 2010

Save money and support your local West Midlands forests

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The Forestry Commission in the West Midlands is encouraging people to get out into the outdoors this summer while making it even easier go down to the woods as often as they like.

Visitors to Cannock Chase and Wyre Forests can now take advantage of the Forestry Commission’s new Discovery Pass, which includes a whole host of benefits such as free parking for a year and seasonal e-newsletters to keep people up to date with the latest news from the forest and forthcoming events.

The passes, which cost £36 and are valid for 12 months, also include national offers such as a massive 20% off Go Ape high wire adventure courses on weekdays during term time and huge discounts on adult membership of the CTC (the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation).

A Discovery Pass is a perfect excuse to enjoy repeat escapes to the clean, green spaces of Cannock Chase and Wyre Forest this summer, whether for a forest wildlife walk in a tranquil setting, a tarzanesque Go Ape high wire adventure through the forest canopy or a thrilling mountain bike ride.

Jason Maclean from the Forestry Commission in the West Midlands said:

“The Forestry Commission’s Discovery Passes not only offer great value for money, but also help to support the forests we run on your behalf and maintain them for future generations to enjoy. 

“The Discovery Passes will help people get the most out of their local forest.  With the summer holidays now here the pass is a great way for families to save money visiting Cannock Chase.  Once you have your pass you can come back and enjoy your favourite activities in the forest all year round.”

Both passes also offer 25% off adult entry to Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire and mountain bikers can enjoy 10% discount on Trailbase guided tours, with accommodation, of the Sierra Mountains in Spain.  Additional benefits will be added during the year.

Earlier this year Cannock launched the new red grade mountain bike route ‘The Monkey Trail’ as part of a £200,000 investment in facilities.

The Cannock Forest Visitor Centre also has a dedicated health walk, a restaurant, picnic area and an adventure play area for children aged 4 to 13 years, including swings, scramble nets, tyre-tower, slides, play fortress, and an adventure trail. 

The Wyre Forest is rated as one of the top three most ecologically important forests in the whole of Britain. Aside from the vast array of nature and wildlife you can see in the forest, there are also many fun and healthy activities you can enjoy at Wyre Forest – such as Go Ape, cycling and walking.

Passes can be purchased online from or from the visitor centres at Cannock Chase and Wyre Forest.

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1. 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 further information, visit

Jason Maclean (Environment Manager) at the Forestry Commission’s Birches Valley Forest Centre at Cannock Chase on 01889 586593 or email