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The Forestry Commission’s Dalby Forest, located on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park, will be welcoming visitors and a special guest over May Bank Holiday weekend as it launches its new play area, visitor centre and a new Go Ape attraction aimed at six – 12-year-olds, Treetop Junior.
Tree Fu Tom, who features on CBeebies, will be making a special appearance at Dalby on Sunday May 4 and will be around throughout the day taking children on a journey with his Spring Into Action campaign.
Families are invited to come and join in a host of activities at Dalby with Tree Fu Tom and the Forestry Commission to help them engage with nature. Dalby Forest, known as the Great Yorkshire Forest, is the perfect place for Tree Fu Tom to continue his journey on his Spring Into Action campaign.
Tree Fu Tom is the lead character from the action adventure animation series, for pre-school children, which is co-produced between CBeebies In House Production and FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment.
The Spring into Action campaign has been designed to help engage children with nature. Following the themes of the newly introduced Tree Fu Rangers, the Treetopolis version of the scouts, Spring into Action encourages little ones to explore outside with some fun activities designed to recognise the signs of spring.
Sessions will be held throughout the day on Sunday May 4 with Tree Fu Tom and the Forestry Commission rangers. Children will also receive a special Tree Fu Tom magazine.
Dalby has seen more than £1million investment into its redevelopment. The bespoke play area, Grandfather Oak and the Curious Forest, which has been designed around the theme of trees includes; Grandfather Oak Adventure Tree, Douglas Fir’s Balancing Logs, Willow Salix’s Adventure Tunnels and Cedric Atlantis Pencil Maze.
The development of the play area followed involvement with local schools and the design has incorporated children’s ideas around play.
The project was funded by contributions from the Forestry Commission and Yorventure Ltd's Challenge Fund of £250,000 to mark the twentieth birthday of its contributor, Yorwaste Limited. Yorwaste is proud of its contributions to the Landfill Communities Fund, which have so far provided over £10m to support environmental and community projects in Yorwaste’s areas of operation.
The visitor centre has been redesigned with the restaurant now on the ground floor so that seating can also be located outside for visitors to enjoy the scenery and be close to the new play area.
Treetop Junior is a new experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles aimed at children from around six years to 12 years, but it based on height with a minimum height of 1m. Children learn to negotiate crossings and finish on a zip wire. The children are in safety harnesses the whole time and are under supervision.
As well as all this, the Forestry Commission has invested in the facilities at Dalby including the recently completed Ellerburn Multi-user Trail, upgrades to the blue cycle route and recent installation of the commissioned Lumberjills Memorial by Ray Lonsdale a steel fabrication of a felled tree and two Lumberjills.
Forestry Commission Contact: Tanya Rex, Recreation and Public Affairs Manager, Yorkshire Forest District on 0751 470725 email@example.com
Media Contact: Margaret Bennett at Creative Concern 0161 236 0600 or 07748727173
Tree Fu Tom Publicity Contact: Valerie Taylor at FremantleMedia 07889 666594
Yorventure contact: Angela Pease 01937 848 858
Notes to Editors
Tree Fu Tom
All of the Tree Fu magic moves that children are encouraged to copy are developed from therapeutic techniques that are used to help children with movement disorders like Dyspraxia, but are designed to assist and enhance the development of all participating children at a crucial time in their growth.
Set in the enchanted tree based world of Treetopolis, where movement creates magic Tree Fu Tom uses Tree Fu moves (magical action-movements) to transform into a tiny but mighty, magical, super-hero.
Along with his fantastical friends, which include a butterfly, spider and woodlouse, Tom becomes embroiled in action-packed adventures and perilous predicaments. But with the help of the audience performing the most powerful form of Tree Fu, Big World Magic, Tom always saves the day.