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Jewellery making as part of a family 'ArtPlay' workshop, run by CCANW

The Forestry Commission has given its backing to The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) in its bid for survival. 

The arts charity, which is based on the Forestry Commission estate at Haldon Forest Park, is facing possible closure and has launched an urgent appeal to the public and businesses in the region for help to raise vital funds by donating or becoming a ‘friend’ of the charity.

The centre’s dilemma comes after an unsuccessful grant application to Arts Council England. Despite supporting the charity for five years the Arts Council will only offer continued financial support if the charity can raise £20,000 match funding by the middle of March.

CCANW has been based at Haldon Forest Park since it opened in 2006.  It uses art to highlight the environmental issues facing the world today and runs a year round programme of exhibitions, workshops, events and activities for everyone to enjoy. 

CCANW Director Clive Adams says: 

“We are a flagship organisation and one of its kind in the UK, with an international programme that has already reached over 120,000 people at our Project Space in Haldon Forest Park. There has never been a more important time to engage people with the pressing environmental challenges the world is facing today.

"Education through the arts touches people – creatively and emotionally – in ways that conventional methods of advocacy rarely do.   People can become a Friend of CCANW for just £12 a year, so we urgently ask for anyone who feels passionate about the arts, education and ecology to support us. A surge in membership will send out a strong message to Arts Council England as well as our local councils. For further information people can visit or call us on  01392 832277 or email us at

Forest Management Director for the Forestry Commission’s Peninsula District Chris Marrow says: “We have enjoyed a positive working relationship with the team at CCANW since the forest park opened and we fully support the work that they do.  Their presence and diverse range of exhibitions and events offer another dimension to our visitors to Haldon Forest Park.  We sincerely hope that their appeal is successful and that they are able to continue their excellent work for many years to come.” 

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 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

Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.