Head to Howwood hills with Forestry Commission Scotland

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Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting Renfrewshire residents to step out into the fresh air and improve their health and wellbeing by strapping on their boots for a guided walk through Howwood woodlands this Thursday, February 23rd.

As part of the Feel Fitter programme, Forestry Commission Scotland has organised a number of walking events throughout the year to encourage people to find out what lies on their doorstep, enjoy light exercise and make new friends.

Walkers of any age and fitness level are welcome to spend three hours exploring Low Coursehead plantation.

During the winter walk, participants will also learn about the trail’s natural surroundings, animals and the local heritage of the site.

Derek Shannan, Community Ranger at Forestry Commission Scotland said:
“Walking is a great way to stay fit and healthy– it helps with weight control, reduces stress and anxiety, increases energy levels, lowers blood pressure and is good for your brain.

“Organised activities like this walk around the forests of Howwood can really help which is why I encourage anyone who is interested to don a pair of walking shoes, grab a rucksack and see what these local woodlands have to offer.”

The Commission’s rangers advise that appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear should be worn and recommend bringing hot drinks and food.
Anyone wishing to take part should meet at Howwood train station at 10.30am. The walk is free and for more information please call Derek Shannan on 07798827978 or e-mail derek.shannan@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Notes to news editors

1.    Issued by The BIG Partnership on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland

2.  Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

3.   Notaichean
Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
Airson agallamhan anns a' Ghàidhlig, cuiribh fios gu Oifigear Leasachaidh Gàidhlig a' Choimisean, Louise NicBheathain air 01463 725 038.

Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.

e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk