Community groups urged to “get involved” with Larbert Forest Festival

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Health and environmental groups in the Forth Valley area are being invited to take part in the first ever Larbert Forest Festival, set to take place on October 19th.

Organised by Forestry Commission Scotland, the free forest festival aims to raise awareness of the fantastic woodland resource that is situated right next the Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

A number of family fun activities are already planned but Forestry Commission Scotland wants other health and environmental groups to join in and make the festival a bigger event.

Gordon Harper, Forestry Commission Scotland’s ranger is organising the festival. He said:

“The woodland is a stone’s throw from the hospital and we are keen to encourage more people to make use of it. It’s a great place to simply go and relax and enjoy a spot of walking.  We want more local people, patients, staff and visitors to use the woodland area.

“We’ve made some improvements to the woodland but there’s plenty more in store and we are keen to get local groups or individuals more involved for the future.

“We want to make the forest festival a real community affair so we’d be very pleased to hear from any groups that are involved in the environment or health sector who wish to take part. “

Lead partners in the move to transform the woodland area around the hospital are NHS Forth Valley and Forestry Commission Scotland with support from Falkirk Council and Central Scotland Forest Trust.

Any organisations who wish to take part in the Larbert Forest Festival should contact Gordon on or call him on 0779 866 8125.

Notes to news editors

1.   Forestry Commission Scotland works as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate

2.  Media enquiries to Gordon Harper, Scottish Lowlands Forest District 0779 866 8125 or Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.

e-mail: steve.williams