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NEWS RELEASE No: 1363326 MAY 2010

Explore the wonders of nature at Alice Holt Forest

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With dragonflies, butterflies and bugs zooming around the forest at this time of year, the Forestry Commission’s half term courses for children are celebrating the wonders of nature.  Children from five years and upwards are invited for a ‘hands on’ experience of woodland crafts and adventure at Alice Holt Forest.

With the resident willow weaving expert, six to 12 years olds can let their imaginations fly by making wonderful forest creatures from dragonflies to mythological flying dragons.

By royal invitation children are welcome to visit Bugingham Palace in the forest classroom garden and make their very own grand bug hotel.  Grab a hand full of compost from the wormery, watching out for the wiggly worms, and plant some beans, just like Jack, and watch the bean stalk grow in its handmade green house.

There’s also lots of fun and adventure for children age eight and upwards on the den building workshops.  Children love working as a team, scavenging for branches, bracken and leaves to make their den fit for a king. 

Places are filling up fast for the thrilling bushcraft adventure for girls and boys between 8 and 12 years old.  Working together to make a survival camp, they will be creating a traditional shelter, learning the craft of fire making and even cooking their own survival food.  Once experienced, never forgotten.

The Alice Holt rangers are looking for children between five and 11 years of age to join their Wild Woods Club.  Costing just £5, the members will receive an activity pack, receive rewards for attending Alice Holt activities and also be able to come to exclusive members events such as the After Dark Adventure later in the year.  From mini beast hunts to garden design and woodland crafts to den building, the Wild Woods Club will give families ideas on how to get the most out of their time in the forest.

Prices range from £3 per child for Eco Kids to £6 for Den Building and £15 for the Survival Special. For further information on half-term activities or to book please call the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt Forest on 01420 23666 or visit Advance booking is essential for all activities.  Alice Holt Forest is south of Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LS, at Bucks Horn Oak, off the A325 near Birdworld. 

The Forestry Commission
The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.  Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit

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.

Charlotte Magowan, Alice Holt Forest 
Marketing and Education Manager  
Forestry Commission  
01420 23666