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Fungi growing on a mossy fallen tree

To learn more about the wonderful world of fungi join professional naturalist Nigel Pinhorn of Devon Nature Walks for one of two fungi forays being held in Forestry Commission woodlands in Devon. 

On Saturday 5 November join Nigel in Abbeyford Woods, near Okehampton between 10.30am and 12.30pm to learn about the array of fungi in the woods.

Abbeyford is also a great place to discover the changing colours of Autumn.  On a walk through this beautiful wood you will see majestic Douglas fir trees, and pass through areas of autumnal gold beech trees alongside the banks of the Okement River.  You can take in part of the Tarka Trail and follow the River or just wind your way through the woodland at your leisure.

There will be another foray at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter on Thursday 24 November.  Haldon is 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter. 

Both events cost £6 per person and booking at least 48 hours in advance is essential – call 01392 211247 or email  More information about the range of walks run by Devon Nature Walks can be found at

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 Haldon 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

For further information please contact Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.