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NEWS RELEASE No: 1449824 MARCH 2011

Fun at Cardinham for cafe reopening

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Families enjoying the delights of Woods cafe

Hundreds of people enjoyed a celebration day at the Forestry Commission’s Cardinham Woods on Sunday 6 March.  The event marked the reopening Woods Cafe, which was forced to close after the flash floods of last November. 

Parking at the woods was free for the day, and the cafe gave away tasty treats such as cake and hot chocolate.  Many also enjoyed delicious local sausages served up on the BBQ.  Live band, Funky Acoustica kept visitors entertained and the Forestry Commission also arranged a forestry display which went down a storm.

Lara Spurrell who runs Woods cafe says: “We are so glad to be open again after what has been a tough few months.  It was lovely that so many people came along on Sunday to celebrate with us and we hope that everyone had a great time.  We are now back to business as usual, offering delicious home made fare to Cardinham’s visitors.  Details of our opening times and menus can be found on the Forestry Commission website,  We can also be found on Facebook.”

Recreation ranger Chris Mason adds: “It was great to see so many people enjoying a visit to the woods.  Cardinham has a range of trails for people to use, a play area, picnic areas, BBQs and of course the lovely Woods Cafe.  It is a great place for a day out, and with only a small parking charge offers excellent value for money.”

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Media contact: Kirstie Smith, Forestry Commission Communications Manager on 01392 834249.