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The Forestry Commission is launching its 2010 New Forest Events Calendar – which boasts its widest range of activities yet - with a Forest Fun Day this Wednesday (2 June, 10.30am – 3.00pm).
The Fun Day will give children enjoying their half-term break a chance to ‘make and play’ in the beautiful Blackwater Arboretum. The day is ideal for all ages and parents can simply turn up on the day, with no booking required.*
The event is just one of a huge range of outdoor activities organised by the Forestry Commission this year, with a particular emphasis on differing types of recreation to appeal to all ages and physical abilities. Nick Tucker, Head of Recreation and Community Engagement at the Commission explained:
“We have events running throughout the year. Active adults will enjoy our ‘Ramble with a Ranger’ walks, pulling on their walking boots to discover more about the history and wildlife of the New Forest. Alternatively, we run easy-access ‘Discovery for All’ events, which are ideal for off-road wheelchairs and buggies. We even have a deer watch session in July which will give those with limited mobility an open-air trailer ride. All people need to bring are their binoculars!
“For 5 to 10 year olds, we run ‘Child of the Wild’ mornings throughout the summer, encouraging children to get messy with fun hands-on activities and challenges to stimulate their senses. Older children have the opportunity to learn how to disguise and waterproof their own secret dens at our ‘Secret Shelters’ days. Parents of toddlers can enjoy Teddy Bears Picnics and can even book their own buggy walk with six or more friends.”
And the variety doesn’t end there. Other summer events include a two mile twilight walk to a deer viewing hide; a day spent with a New Forest keeper, learning about habitat management; a summer woodland walking safari - hunting for flowers, butterflies and other wildlife; a chance to learn the basics of navigation as a family; a magical evening of storytelling with ‘Stories on a Summer’s Eve’; plus a dedicated walking event for single people, humorously entitled ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
As the summer turns to autumn and winter, the events continue - people can discover the ‘World of Fungi’, enjoy a Christmas safari or even join a keeper at the New Forest deer larder to learn more about deer culling and venison preparation – not one for the faint-hearted perhaps!
To find our more about all these events (which range from £5 per person to free of charge), contact the Forestry Commission on 02380 286840 for your copy of the Events Calendar or log on to: www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest.
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodland for the benefit of the environment and the general public. It is the UK’s largest land manager and the biggest provider of outdoor recreation.
* The Forest Fun Day costs £2 per person (under twos are free) or £1 for cyclists. A further Fun Day is planned for 25 August.
NOTES TO EDITOR
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 more information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest
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