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NEWS RELEASE No: 1562731 AUGUST 2012

Forestry Commission and FSC UK join forces in celebration of woods and forests

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This September, Forestry Commission England and FSC UK have joined forces to celebrate woods and responsible forestry for a tree-charged weekend of fun for all the family.

Kicking off the weekend’s festivities is FSC Friday, being held on 28 September 2012.  On FSC Friday, people are invited to consider the wood and paper products they buy and look out for the FSC logo. 

Events related to FSC Friday will take place around the world with organisations and supporters celebrating responsible forestry and promoting the FSC logo and what it stands for.  Each year, schools, businesses, youth groups and other organisations from across the UK and beyond get involved.  For more information on FSC Friday and how you can get involved visit

On Sunday 30 September, the Forestry Commission will be holding its second Forest Discovery Day as sites across England join in the celebration of woods and forests.

With over 20 locations open to the public, you can enjoy the opportunity to explore our sites and enjoy a wide range of free activities, from meeting the Forestry Commission rangers and learning about our work, to events for children such as den making, willow weaving and guided walks.

If you’re a bird lover, then come and join us at Alice Holt Forest in Surrey, to see BBC Countryfile’s Jonathan Marshall host a captivating falconry display, a guaranteed thrill for all ages.  Other events include horse logging demonstrations at Kielder Forest, chainsaw carvings at Cannock Chase and seed planting and art at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum.

For further information about the Forest Discovery Day, and to download a free leaflet of fun activities, go to

Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair, said:

“We are an organisation built on the passion and experience of people who really care about what they do and this is reflected in the way we manage the Public Forest Estate in England. As custodian of the public’s forests, we work with others to keep them as special places for wildlife, for people to enjoy and businesses to thrive. In 1998 these became the first state forests in the world to be certified to the FSC standard and we are delighted to be working with them again.

“We would like to welcome everyone to get involved in our Forest Discovery Day to enjoy the fantastic woodlands close to them.“

Charles Thwaites, Executive Director of FSC UK, added, 

“We strongly encourage everyone to join FSC and people around the globe in celebrating the world’s forests and raising awareness of how important they are for us!  It’s not just rainforest in faraway places that are of value.  We should not overlook the vital role that woods and forests closer to home play in our lives.  Although FSC Friday is the main focus for our events, both in the UK and internationally, it would be great to make this a whole weekend of forest fun and we hope that people will follow up their FSC Friday celebrations with the Forest Discovery Day. 

Notes to editors

  1. The Forestry Commission 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.  Further information can be found at
  2. FSC is an international non-profit organisation that enables consumers to identify products from forests all over the world that meet the highest environmental and social standards. Products made with wood and paper from FSC forests are marked with the ‘tick tree’ logo. When you see this logo, you can be confident that buying it won’t mean harming the world’s forests.

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