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NEWS RELEASE No: 1487417 AUGUST 2011

Spend a night under the stars in Chambers Farm Wood

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Grass ride butterfly conservation area in Chambers Farm wood

A rustic overnight stay in Chambers Farm Wood, near Wragby, could be a fruitful experience for outdoor fans.

The Forestry Commission is staging a forest sleep-over in the beautiful 360 hectare (900 acre) Lincolnshire woodland on Saturday 3 September after the inaugural event in June proved a massive hit.

Joining folk under the Autumn stars will be Debbie Lincoln, a herbalist from Metheringham, who will venture out into the woods while the sun is high to forage for forest fruits like elderberries, black berries and crab apples and show people how to turn them into a wonderful desert.

Debbie, 50, who is an expert in herbal medicine having taken a degree in the subject at Lincoln University, will also go in hunt of pine needles, mixing them with oil and beeswax to make a chest rub to sooth winter maladies.  She said: 

“Woods are bountiful places and we’ll be making people feel at home. I’ll be recounting ancient traditions and modern day thinking on the beneficial effects of plants and giving people chance to taste some wonderful food.”

Ranger Hannah Darcel added:

“Feedback from the first event was terrific – people were really keen to try something different and muck in.  We’ll be setting up camp, sending out parties to collect fire wood, lighting a campfire and going in search of forest nightlife like bats.  It will be a night to remember.”

The event runs from 2pm on Saturday to 11am the following day. Booking is essential on 01623 822447 and the cost is £25 including food and refreshments. You will need to bring a small tent.

Note to Editor

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. 

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