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NEWS RELEASE No: 1595224 MAY 2013

Forestry Commission Hosts ‘Doggie Fun Day’

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Young children walking with dog through on a forest

Dog owners and their canine pals are invited to strut their stuff at the Forestry Commission’s Doggie Fun Day on Thursday 30th May. The free family event will be held in the Wilverley Plain car park from 11am – 3:30pm and will be packed with a range of activities and competitions.

Furry friends will have the chance to take part in agility courses and have their obedience tested in ‘Temptation Alley’. Competitions including ‘Best Biscuit Catcher and ‘Child’s Best Friend’ will also be taking place throughout the day.

The National Park Authority will also be on hand to give handy tips and information to families about responsible dog ownership.

Linda Laker, one of the Forestry Commission’s ranger team, explained:

“The fun day is a great occasion for all the family to enjoy with their dogs and is a chance to show-off their pet’s skills. There will be lots of entertainment and activities throughout the day and rangers will be available to offer advice and information about owning a dog in the New Forest.

“We all enjoy the great outdoors, especially when we can bring our dogs along, so it’s important that families know how to control their pet in the forest, particularly around live stock, deer and ground nesting birds.”

Entry to the event is free, although there will be a small charge to enter your dog for the competitions. For more information, please call 023 8028 6840 or visit where you will also find up to date news on dog walking in the New Forest.



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