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NEWS RELEASE No: 1488924 AUGUST 2011

Training course put on to introduce people to the countryside

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A training course is to be run in order to help people unfamiliar with the countryside learn to manage in the great outdoors.

The free one-day ‘Introduction to the Countryside – the Wyre Forest and surrounding area’ course, which is run by Worcestershire County Council and the Forestry Commission-led Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme, is aimed at people who are keen to explore the green and pleasant land outside of urban areas – but are unsure about how to do so.

The course, run as part of the “Wild about Wyre” which promotes fun and responsible access to the Wyre Forest, will teach people how to understand basic maps, find out where they can get information from, learn what happens in the countryside and who manages it. Attendees will also learn about their access rights and responsibilities as well as the Countryside Code.

People will also discover what there is to see and what clothing is appropriate to wear.

Peter Thaxter, project manager of Grow With Wyre, said:

“There are a lot of people who are living in urban areas who have very little experience of the countryside, and who would like to explore what the outdoors has to offer, but are quite daunted about visiting green areas because they are not quite sure of what to expect or what the rules are.

“This course is specially designed to help adults who are interested in learning more about the natural world outside of the towns and cities take those first steps and give them the confidence and knowledge to take advantage of the fantastic countryside in the Wyre Forest and elsewhere.”

The course, which also includes a walk on a waymarked trail within Wyre Forest and includes lunch and light refreshments, runs between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Friday, September 16.

For more information and to book a pace contact the Countryside Service at Worcestershire County Council on 01905 766155 or email

Notes to editor

  1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For further information, visit

  2. The Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership programme is being delivered by a partnership of the following organisations.  The Forestry Commission is the lead partner in the Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme, joined by Natural England, Shropshire County Council, Bewdley Development Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Worcester County Council, Wyre Forest Study Group, Wyre Community Land Trust, Wyre Forest District Council, Bewdley Development Trust and the National Trust.

  3. The Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership programme is led by the Forestry Commission and was set up to help restore the unique landscape of Wyre, celebrate its rich working history and help protect rare species like butterflies.  This £4 million Scheme is mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is made up from 18 projects, covering biodiversity, community involvement, access, local history, economic regeneration and education.

  4. GrantScape – GrantScape has a fourteen-year environmental and community grant-making heritage. It is also a major funder of biodiversity projects across England and Wales (see  Since 2005, GrantScape has awarded some £10 million through its Biodiversity Challenge Fund to 25 major projects considered to deliver the most significant gains for UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitats and species. Grow with Wyre’s “Rejuvenating Traditional Orchards, Special Trees and Ancient Hedgerows” project was one of six grant award winners under its 2007 Biodiversity Challenge Fund.  The £294,000 grant from GrantScape is also being made available through the Landfill Communities Fund, using monies provided by Waste Recycling Group Ltd.

  5. The Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership programme is helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and rural communities.  Grants range from £250,000 up to £2m.   To date, HLF has awarded £416m to over 2,785 projects for support of the UK's natural heritage.

  6. The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money raised through the National Lottery to sustain and transform a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported 33,900 projects, allocating £4.4billion across the UK, including just under £320million to the West Midlands alone. Website:

Media contacts
Peter Thaxter, Grow With Wyre Project Manager, on 01905 533838.