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NEWS RELEASE No: 1464926 MAY 2011

A wild day for bushcraft fans in Hamsterley

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Ranger Mark Barker sets up camp in Hamsterley Forest to prepare for a survival workshop in the 2,000 hectare woodland

Outdoor fans are being invited to hear the call of the wild in Hamsterley Forest.

The Forestry Commission is staging a day-long survival workshop to teach people bushcraft skills in the 2,000 hectare (5,000 acre) beauty spot, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Far from being daunting, surviving in the wild is all a question of skill and knowledge, said event leader and ranger Neil Taylor:

"We’ll be showing how to make a rain proof shelter from branches and brash, use a compass and map and also how to safely light a fire, along with tips on wild foods.  Living closer to nature boosts your confidence and also gives you renewed respect for the environment.”

The event runs from 11am to 3pm and takes place on Sunday 12 June.  Booking is essential on 01388 488312 and the cost is £20 per person. It is suitable for adults and children over 13 years old (who must be accompanied by an adult).

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Notes to Editor

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. 

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