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NEWS RELEASE No: 1603219 AUGUST 2013

Get crafty in the forest with seasonal foliage this autumn

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Family crafts

The Forestry Commission is encouraging visitors to explore their local woods and forests this autumn, while collecting colourful leaves and fruits for arts and crafts.

This autumn is set to be a bumper season for fruits and seeds. Combined with the variety of colourful leaves, this is a great year to create seasonal displays for the home and enjoy getting creative with the kids.

New research shows 53 per cent of parents believe modern day children have little understanding of the basic aspects of British nature*. For example 65 per cent think that modern-day children would be unable to name different species of plants and trees or recognise common insects. As a result, the Forestry Commission is encouraging families to use autumn as an opportunity to get out, explore the forests and learn about the changing seasons through simple, fun activities.

Children’s imaginations can be inspired by a collection of activity sheets available from the Forestry Commission’s website. The activities contain top tips on what to look out for and collect, along with step-by-step guides to making autumn crowns, leaf bracelets and table-top woodlands.

For adults feeling inspired by autumn, there is also guidance on how to create ever-lasting displays for the home or decorations for a special event.

The events and activities link on the website ( details two simple craft techniques that can be used to preserve the vibrant colours of autumn leaves – glycerine, which prevents leaves from drying out or silica gel, which can be used to dry out the leaves while retaining their colour and shape. Both techniques can be used to get creative with autumnal foliage, from making place cards for a dinner table to seasonal garlands, bunting or wreaths.

With more than 1,500 forests and woods in England and over half of the population living within six miles of their nearest forest, there are ample opportunities to find adventure exploring while experiencing the swirling leaves and wind and the crunch of dry foliage underfoot.

For more information on how to experience autumn in a forest near you visit


Notes to Editor

  1. For more information please contact

    Katrina Podlewska, Forestry Commission, 0117 9066030,

    Dani Marlborough at Spirit Public Relations on 0117 944 1415 or e-mail

  2. * From Forestry Commission Imagination Survey 2013. The results have been generated in a survey commissioned by the Forestry Commission of 2,000 parents of school-aged children.

    Click here to read the full survey (PDF 200KB)