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NEWS RELEASE No: 1342726 MARCH 2010

First-ever teen survival camp at Alice Holt Forest

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Boy making a fire

This Easter holiday there’s excitement and wonder to be found at Alice Holt Forest for children of all ages, from 14 months right up to teenagers.† The Forestry Commission cordially invites younger children to the Butterfly Ball and Grasshopper Races and for the teenagers it’s the first ever Alice Holt Survival Camp.

This special teen event will recreate what it’s like to camp out in the forest and experience a sense of adventure whilst in a safe environment.† Learning vital survival skills, they will make a shelter, build a campfire and even cook some survival food.

Mollie Butters, bushcraft expert, said:

“Once experienced, survival camp will never be forgotten.† It’s wonderful to see how the teens work together as a team, lose their inhibitions and have a fantastic time just getting back to basics.”

Other Easter activities on offer include Wild Woodcraft and the ever-popular den building for children aged eight and above.† Children enjoy getting muddy, carrying logs and collecting leaves and twigs to make a forest hideout.† Alternatively children of six or over can try out pond dipping to experience the surprise and excitement of catching a water boatman or damselfly nymph.

Younger children can indulge their creativity by making masks for the Butterfly Ball or making a miniature forest in a box.† The forest treasure hunt is suitable for children of all ages and follows a buggy friendly route through the trees.† Answer the questions and keep your eyes open for the squirrels and you might even spot the Easter bunny in the woods.†

Prices range from £1 per child for Pond Dipping to £6 for Den Building and £15 for the Teen Survival Camp. For further information on Easter activities or to book please call the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt Forest on 01420 23666 or visit Advance booking is essential for all activities.† Alice Holt Forest is south of Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LS, at Bucks Horn Oak, off the A325 near Birdworld.†


The Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.† Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit

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.

Charlotte Magowan, Alice Holt Forest†
Marketing and Education Manager††
Forestry Commission††
01420 23666