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Young families are being encouraged to visit Haldon Forest Park near Exeter and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.
The Forestry Commission, which manages the site has launched a leaflet and poster campaign to tell more young families about Haldon, which is free to visit other than a small parking charge (currently £2 for the whole day). It is also promoting the health and well being benefits of spending time in the great outdoors for parents and children.
There are a range of walking and cycling trails at the site including the 1.5 mile play trail which is suitable for buggies, walkers and beginners on bikes. It also offers fantastic views and fun play features for young adventurers to enjoy.
There are two waymarked cycling trails suitable for families and children in tag-alongs and trailer buggies which can be hired from Forest Cycle Hire who are based on site. There are also play areas and the Ridge Cafe is on site offering a range of locally sourced, fairtrade and organic food and drink.
In addition Go Ape, the highwire adventure course is based at Haldon and the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World is based there and runs a number of family friendly activities.
Haldon Forest Park Manager Louise Bell says: “Haldon is a wonderful place for families to spend time together. Research has proven that spending time in the great outdoors and being more physically active can have significant health and wellbeing benefits. Haldon offers traffic free space where children can safely run around and explore without even realising they are exercising. Its also a great place for adults to walk and cycle and stay in shape, great for pregnant women or new mums trying to get back in to shape. Other than a parking charge of £2 the site is free, and at a time where money is tight for everyone, we think Haldon offers a really fun, active and value for money family day out.”
Leaflets and posters have been sent to doctor’s surgeries, Surestart groups, nurseries and pre-schools to tell parents and group leaders whats on offer. For more information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/haldonforestpark or call 01392 832262.
NOTES TO EDITOR
1. There is something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. It is 3.500 acres of woodland, owned by the Forestry Commission, just fifteen minutes from Exeter. It is open every day and there are a range of walks and all ability trails, cycling trails as well as a wide range of events. Rangers are on hand daily to give advice and ensure people get the most out of their visit. In addition Forest Cycle Hire is based at Haldon, hiring out mountain bikes to visitors and facilitating groups of cyclists in the forest. Haldon Forest Park also hosts Go Ape, an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides in the tree tops. The Ridge Café is open at Malden every day serving a range of delicious, locally sourced food and drink. The site is also home to the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, an innovative organisation, which uses the arts to explore new understandings of our place within nature. They hold regular exhibitions and run educational events.
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. 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 www.forestry.gov.uk/england
3. For further information please contact Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.