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NEWS RELEASE No: 1476818 JULY 2011


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Ranger Mark Barker sets up camp ready for the Brodsworth and Bentley bushcraft days

Light is fading, the owls are hooting and you are all alone in a big and dark forest  But there’s no need to fear!

The Forestry Commission is offering all the survival tips you’ll need by staging bushcraft days in Bentley Community Wood on 6 August and Brodsworth Community Wood on 13 August.

There’ll be chance to make a den from brash and branches, learn safe fire lighting techniques, and enjoy lunch cooked over a blazing campfire. Ranger Emily Holmes said:

“The forest may seem a bit forbidding, but nothing could be further from the truth. To the skilled eye, it offers all you need to keep warm, dry and well nourished.  In fact you can make yourself feel as snug as a bug!"

Bushcraft events have become incredibly popular.  Not only do they help keep people active, but they also teach skills and nurture respect for nature.

The events run between 10am and 2pm and cost £5 per person and are suitable for children over 8 years old.  Booking is required on 01302 820278. 

Notes to editor

  1. Bentley and Brodsworth woods are owned by the Land Trust and managed by the Forestry Commission.

  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. Further information can be found at

  3. The Land Trust is an organisation that provides a sustainable future and an exit strategy for public open spaces.  The Trust, a company established by the Home and Communities Agency (formerly English Partnerships), Groundwork, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission deals with the long-term management of public spaces for the benefit of the community. The Trust’s goal is to provide maintenance of quality spaces in order to improve the economic, social and health prospects of an area.   The Trust acquires land that is not considered to have any economic value and works with local management partners to create new sustainable "green amenities".

Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.