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Explore and celebrate your forest this Forest Discovery Day

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On Sunday 22 March 2015 Forestry Commission England is hosting Forestry Discovery Day; a fun-filled day of learning about woods and forests to celebrate World Forestry Day, which takes place on the same weekend.

Trees and forests sustain and protect us in a variety of ways, and a growing body of evidence that suggests that visiting green spaces is good for health and wellbeing. 96% of people ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that having green spaces close to where they live is important. To celebrate, Forestry Commission England has designed an Explore and Discover your Forest trail for everyone to enjoy.

At 20 Forestry Commission locations across England, the self-led trails are an enjoyable way to learn about trees, wildlife, different types of woodlands and the timber production process. There will also be downloadable activities to bring on your visit, including a version of the trail that can also be enjoyed in any forest or woodland; allowing people to take part wherever they may visit over the weekend. Free activities can be found at

Along with the Explore and Discover your Forest trails, there will be a variety of activities and events to entertain the whole family at forest centres across England.

At Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire, there will be activities designed to demonstrate the forest production cycle, including horse loggers, a mobile sawmill and a chance to make a your own bat box.

There will be live music and wonderful trails to explore at High Lodge at Thetford Forest, Suffolk, and a Superworm themed discovery day at Beechenhurst Lodge in the Forest of Dean. Visit to find out what’s happening near you.

Director of Forestry Commission England, Ian Gambles, commented:

“Forest Discovery Day is an opportunity to celebrate all types of forests and trees and the important role they play in sustaining our environment. It’s a fantastic day where you can learn all about the different reasons our woods and forests matter; from timber production to the range of wildlife that call it their home.”

To help explore England woods and forests throughout the year, Forestry Commission England offers a Discovery Pass. This allows you to support your local forest, covers your parking charges and offers discounts on forest activities for one year. Visit for more information.


Notes to Editor

1. World Forestry Day, recognised for the first time on March 21, 2013, was established to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees.

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. Further information can be found at

3. Media contact: – 0300 0674107

4. Forest locations hosting Forest Discovery Day activities and trails:
• Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, Ambleside
• Hamsterly Forest, County Durham
• Blackwater Arboretum, New Forest National Park, Hampshire
• Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Surrey
• High Lode, Thetford Forest, Suffolk
• Jeskyns Forest, Gravesend,  Kent
• Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire
• Wyre Forest, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
• Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, Cornwall
• Haldon Forest Park, Bullers Hill, Devon
• Haughmond Hill, Shrewsbury
• Mortimer Forest, Shropshire
• Great Wood, Somerset
• Cannock Chase, Cannock
• Hicks Lodge, The National Forest, Derbyshire
• Dimmingsdale Forest, Staffordshire
• Sense Valley Forest Park, Leicestershire
• Fineshade Wood, Corby
• Chambers Farm Wood, Lincolnshire
• Dalby Forest, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire


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