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NEWS RELEASE No: 145597 APRIL 2011

Forest over-nighters are a wild success

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Ranger demonstrating bushcraft skills to young adults

Plumbers, professors and carpenters are all hearing the call of the wild in Dalby Forest!

They are just some of the people who signed up for the Forestry Commission’s overnight adult bushcraft events last year in the 3,440 hectare (8,600 acre) woodland, near Pickering.

Spurred on forest chiefs are now staging more one night stays amidst the trees on 14 May and 17 September.

Mark Barker, Forestry Commission ranger and survival expert, explained:

“People want to live a dream and pit themselves against nature - it’s a complete break from their normal routine. We've had folk aged from 18 to 67 turning their back on mod-cons and getting rustic under the stars.”

Fending for yourself in Dalby means making your own den out of branches and brash, lighting a campfire, and learning survival tips like animal tracking.

Mark added:

“We have become so divorced from nature that even doing simple things can become a problem when there’s no light switch to flick or cooker to turn on.  But with a bit of know-how nature is more bountiful than foreboding.  Our ancestors lived in harmony with nature and it’s great tapping into their wisdom.”

Booking is essential on 01751 472771 or by person at Dalby Forest Visitor Centre. The event runs from 9am and is aimed at beginners and open to adults only. The cost is £70.00 per person.

Note to Editor

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