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Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting children of all ages to come to the Bin Forest on Saturday 6 December - and visit Santa.
The welcome return, following last year’s cancellation, will be an all abilities interactive walk which will take visitors to a Christmas Wishing Tree and encounters with woodland animals, elves and a Green Woodman!
There will also be craft and community stalls.
Neil Theodoreson, for the Commission’s team in Aberdeenshire, said;
“It’s great to have Santa back and we’ve really pulled out all the stops to make sure he has a great time – he’s hoping lots of people will come and visit and join in the fun.
“There will be a fete area with stalls, refreshments and a large camp fire to keep everyone warm, and there will be a storyteller to help spin some Christmas magic. There will also be loads of free activities – making wands, cookies, wooden animals and even some decorations for the Huntly Christmas tree.
“And before you visit Santa, you could even hug a Xmas Husky!”
The event runs from 11.00am – 3.00 pm. Prices are £2 for over 12’s or £5 for a family with proceeds distributed to local groups.
There will only be parking on site at the District Office, for blue badge holders. All other visitors will be required to park in Huntly (or leave the car at home) and take advantage of the free Shuttle bus.
The Santa Shuttle will run regularly, collect and drop off at Market Muir, the fire station, Duncan & Taylor Whisky Shop, Christie Park football ground and Tesco.
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2. The event is being made possible with the help and support of Forestry Commission Scotland; Huntly and District Development Trust; Gary Shand; Sled Dogs; Grace Banks; Deveron Arts; Rothiemay Primary School; Gordon Primary School and Nursery; Cairney Primary School; Drumblade Primary School; Bin Ranger Club & Volunteers; 1st Huntly Guides; Shearer’s Buses; Thirteen Moons; Dean’s; Asda; Tesco.
3. For news, events and recreation information log on to
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4. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
5. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590