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NEWS RELEASE No: 1395723 AUGUST 2010

Go wild in Kiveton

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Kids learn bushcraft skills at Haldon Forest Park

Youngsters are being invited to hear the call of the wild and learn the kind of skills that propelled Ray Mears and Bear Grylls to stardom!

The Forestry Commission is staging a free bushcraft event in 53 hectare (132 acre) Kiveton Community Wood, Kiveton Park, near Rotherham, on 11 September.

Public Interest in wilderness skills has soared thanks to TV shows, but once upon a time being able to fend for yourself in the wild was a vital skill.  Ranger Dougie MacTaggart will show how to construct a waterproof shelter from branches and brash, while revealing the secrets of safe fire lighting, foraging for wild foods and cooking on an open fire.  He said:

“Bushcraft is the ultimate escape from the stresses of life. It’s surprising what you can do with a few raw materials and bit of know how.  Learning to live with nature is not only great fun, but it's also a big confidence booster.”

The event runs between 10am and 2pm and meets at Hard Lane car park, Kiveton Park.  Booking is essential on 01302 820278 and youngsters under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Kiveton Community Wood is owned by the Land Trust and managed by the Forestry Commission.

Notes to editor

Kiveton Colliery closed in 1994 and its green makeover saw 37,000 trees planted, complimenting 40 acres of existing woodland, with another 50 acres of ponds and grassland created, along with four kilometres of trackways.  Smooth newts, water voles and many bird species have gained a foothold in the beauty spot. 

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

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".

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