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NEWS RELEASE No: 1382219 JULY 2010

The art of survival!

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Mini-beasting, orienteering and den building are just some of the exciting activities on offer as rangers step up their bid to help kids beat the summer blues.

The free outdoor events are being organised by the Forestry Commission at Brodsworth and Bentley Community Woods, near Doncaster, and Phoenix Park, Thurnscoe, near Barnsley.

All you have to do to take part is book a place on 01302 820278.
Ranger Liz Demers said: “We want to get youngsters off the sofa and into the great outdoors to keep healthy and active and have loads of fun into the bargain.

Woodland art and outdoor games are also being staged at the sites, which are being transformed from derelict land into flourishing beauty spots and wildlife havens. Events take place at:

Brodsworth Community Wood (11am – 1pm)
26 July, Mini-beast Madness
2 August, Den Building
9 August, Orienteering
16 August, Woodland Art
23 August, Outdoor Games
Bentley Community Wood (10am - 12 noon)
29 July, Mini-beast Madness
5 August, Den Building
12 August, Orienteering
19 August, Woodland Art
26 August, Outdoor Games
Phoenix Park (1.30pm – 3.30pm)
29 July, Mini-beast Madness
5 August, Den Building
12 August, Orienteering
August, Woodland Art
26 August, Outdoor Games

The sites are owned by the Land Trust and managed by the Forestry Commission.

Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible 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. To find out more about the region’s woods log-on to

The Land Trust is a not for profit organisation that provides a cost effective management solution for open space and green infrastructure. This land can deliver significant community benefits, improving health, social cohesion, providing an educational resource and uplifting the local economy.

The aim of the Trust is to provide long-term sustainable management of open spaces across the country. We already own some 1,000 hectares of land, with a strong balance sheet to provide financial stability and secured foundation capital for our operations. Our open spaces are a crucial part of the social landscape, delivering a range of significant benefits for residents and businesses. Safe and accessible open space allows communities to come together and individuals to develop and relax through physical activity and recreation. Well designed and maintained open spaces are outdoor classrooms, gyms and theatres. They change lifestyles and improve health and well-being, so we take them seriously. For further information visit

Richard Darn on 01226 246351. Mobile: 07753 670038.