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NEWS RELEASE No: 1365726 JULY 2010

A little bushcraft in the forest won’t yurt!

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The latest addition to facilities in Sherwood Pines Forest Park has just been unveiled – and it hails all the way from Mongolia!

A yurt – a traditional tent like shelter made by nomads on the vast Asian steppes – has been built using traditional techniques in the 3,000 acre woodland, near Clipstone, Notts.

The rustic structure, which is 16 foot in diametre, is made from a steam bent ash frame and covered with canvas.  It will provide shelter for groups signing up for the Forestry Commission’s acclaimed forest experience scheme.

The initiative, which includes six week courses and one-off activity days, is aiming to get folk to return to nature and learn more about bushcraft, map reading, shelter building and living in harmony with the environment.

Ranger Karina Thornton said:

“The yurt is a terrific new addition and looks fantastic. It’s very much in keeping with the idea behind our forest experience scheme, which is all about working with nature to gain new skills and self confidence.”

Schools, youth groups, corporate clients have all undertaken bushcraft courses in Sherwood – relearning some of the knowledge that Robin Hood and his men took for granted like fire lighting and animal tracking.

1.      Forest Experience courses can be tailored to specific needs, all aimed at developing co-operation, communication skills and confidence.  For further information contact Karina Thornton on 01623 822447.  Email:

 2.       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. To find out more about the region's woods log-on to the Forestry Commission's new website for the East Midlands at

Richard Darn on 01226 246351. Mobile: 0775 367 0038.