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NEWS RELEASE No: 1620313 MARCH 2014

Celebrate Forest Discovery Day at Alice Holt with your family and four legged friend!

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Following the success of the Forestry Commission’s previous nationwide Discovery Day, Alice Holt will once again be hosting a day of family fun on Sunday 30 March, inviting more people to explore all that their wonderful woods have to offer.  And this year, we are extending a special welcome to dog-owning families.

Four legged friends are invited to get their paws into a dog agility course and enter our fun competition in categories ranging from the waggiest tail to the fastest recall.  Donations will go to Hounds for Heroes, a Petersfield based charity providing specially trained assistance dogs to the injured and disabled of the armed forces.

Professional dog trainers Sam Trussler and Emma Lovejoy and animal behaviourist Stuart Greenfield will be on hand to give you top tips on managing your pet.  You will also be able to meet the Hampshire Search and Rescue Dog team and find out more about their valuable work.

Free family activities on offer will include firelighting, willow weaving, clay heads, animal masks, craft, face painting and our ever popular quiz trail.

Charlotte Magowan, Marketing Manager at Alice Holt Forest said

“The Forestry Commission welcomes responsible dog owners and Forest Discovery Day is a great way to enjoy a day out in the fresh air with your family and favourite pet and find out about everything your local forest has to offer”.

Café on the Green will be putting on a special barbecue supporting Teens Unite Fighting Cancer charity.

For more information on activities and timings see or and for those not able to get to the event, there are also activities to download from the Forestry Commission website, which you can enjoy in any woodland.


Notes to editors

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England 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.