16 DECEMBER 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 14309
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Hundreds of Monmouthshire children received a woodland festive treat when Santa braved the snow and ice to spread some Christmas cheer in Goytre Wharf.
Despite the wintry conditions, Santa proved this is the season of goodwill by turning up for a series of Christmas visits led by the Forestry Commission Wales Woodlands for Learning (WfL) team.
The primary school children searched for Rudolf along a magical activity trail through the FC Wales-managed woodland before receiving a goodie bag from Santa in his grotto at nearby Canalé restaurant.
Education officer Karen Clarke said, “Santa is well used to dealing with a bit of snow and we were determined not to let the wintry conditions spoil his visits.
“It was wonderful to see him meet so many children and warm us up with some Christmas cheer!”
Woodlands provide a stimulating outdoor learning environment and the FC Wales WfL team stages Christmas visits throughout Wales every year as a means of showing children life in the woods during the winter.
Notes to Editors
About 14 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.
The Woodlands for Learning team delivers woodland-based learning experiences throughout Wales, supports the development and delivery of Forest School and facilitates the Forest Education Initiative on behalf of its partners.
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