Christmas is coming to The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Aberfoyle

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It’ll soon be the time to start gearing up for Christmas – and Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting everyone to come along to The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre and choose their real Christmas tree.

The team at the Lodge will be selling trees from 1st–22nd December (10am – 4pm) and no matter what you requirements there will be an ideal tree there for you.

From 4 foot to 8 foot trees, you can choose from spruce, fir and pine and prices start at a very reasonable £12.

Mairi Buchanan, for the Commission’s team at the Lodge, said;

“We’re all set to welcome everyone who’s set on a real tree – and there’ll be much more on offer, too. The Lodge Shop has a selection of decorations, Swedish candles and tree stands and if you want to get a little bit more of the festive spirit then stop off at the café for a warming drink, home baking and mince pies!”

There will also be some great activities going on throughout December, so why not come along and spend a few hours in a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing woodland location. It’s a great way to make sure that your batteries are fully charged and ready for the festive season.

Christmas activities will include a

• 1 – 22 December - Festive Trail Quiz: children of all ages can follow the forest trail and make a wish on the special Christmas Wishing Tree….and write a letter to Santa. And there’s a chocolate treat at the end of it!

• 6,7,13, 14 December -  Christmas Wreath: for the more craft-minded there will be opportunities to join staff from Intrepid Scotland to make a natural Christmas wreath with materials gathered from the forest (11am – 3pm) (small charge applies)

• Sunday 14 December - the Lomond Mountain Rescue team will be on site raising funds

• Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 Dec - Winter Wildlife Festival (11 – 3): which will include a clue-led trail, a “Who ate this nut?” game, opportunities to create a clay creature - and make a winter home for it - and find out how animals adapt to survive the winter.

The festive season will also see two RSPB Monthly Nature Club events take place at the Lodge:

• Sunday 21 - Owls and Prey: discover what makes owls such excellent hunters, find out what they eat, visit the Hide to search for their prey and look inside mouse and vole holes using a special inspection camera.

• Sunday 11 January 2015 – RSPB Monthly Nature Club – Bushcraft and Animal Tracking (10am – 1pm): fnd out how to survive in the wilderness and learn den building, fire-lighting, marshmallow toasting, bread-making and more. You’ll also learn how to identify animal tracks and signs in the forest.

Anyone taking part should bring warm clothing, waterproofs, wellies, drink and a snack.

Booking is essential for these events and there will be charge of £3 – with a 50% discount for RSPB members.

The Lodge will close at 2.00 on 24 December and re-open in the new year at 10.00 on 3 January 2015.

For telephone enquiries to the sales centre/tree sales call 01877 382258

Notes to Editors
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.

4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590