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NEWS RELEASE No: 137651 JULY 2010

Summer fun at Discover Wistlandpound

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Children running along path in woodland

Discover Wistlandpound has a range of family friendly and fun events planned during the summer.  The fun includes Bushcraft events, teddy bears picnics and orienteering events.

A full list of events can be found below:

Wednesday 4th August and Wednesday 18 August: Come along and learn some basic bushcraft and survival Skills

Thursday 5th August: Crazy Creatures – a series of games to discover how animals have adapted to their environment.

Wednesday 11th August: Teddy Bears Picnic (11am – 1.20pm) – bring a picnic and follow the teddy bear trail. 

Thursday 12th August: Awesome Earth – meet a tree, walk through the trees without a rope and make a smelly cocktail. 

Thursday 19th August: Orienteering – use a map to follow the trail and crack the code.

All activities (apart from the teddy bears picnic) will have 2 sessions: 10- 12 for children aged 4- 8 and 2.00 -4.00 for children aged 8-12. Each session is £6.00 per child and all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Booking is essential for all events by calling 01598 763706 or by email at

Discover Wistlandpound is a partnership project between Calvert Trust Exmoor, the Forestry Commission and South West Lakes Trust. The project is based around the reservoir, managed forest and heritage buildings located at Wistlandpound, near Barnstaple.

1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

2. Established in April 2000, South West Lakes Trust is the South West's largest conservation and recreation charity. It was created to encourage, promote and enhance sustainable recreation, access, nature conservation and education on and around over 50 inland waters in the South West for the benefit of all.   The Trust is now listed in the top 3,000 of the country’s 190,000 registered charities, attracts some two million visits annually to its venues and visitors contribute around £30 million of much needed inward investment to the local economy. By developing key inland water sites, the Trust has enabled local businesses to grow and develop their own enterprises.

3. Calvert Trust Exmoor provides challenging outdoor activities for people with disabilities to enjoy, together with their friends and family.  All activities are on site, we have our own riding stables and indoor and outdoor climbing walls. We also offer sailing, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, carriage driving, archery and a zip wire. Specialist equipment and highly qualified instructors make activities accessible for all ages and all abilities. In the evening guests use the pool and jacuzzi and there's a sensory room with equipment that's already a favourite.  Our accommodation is accessible to all, equipment such as hoists are provided and the food is home cooked. Guests have outdoor adventures that restore their confidence and self esteem. At Calvert Trust Exmoor we focus on what people can do rather than what they can't.

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