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NEWS RELEASE No: 1622931 MARCH 2014

Discovery Day enjoyed by all at Alice Holt Forest

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Forest Discovery Day activities at Alice Holt

A beautiful sunny day was enjoyed by nearly 3000 people at the Forestry Commission’s Discovery Day at Alice Holt Forest on Sunday 30 March.

Families enjoyed a wide range of activities, including making masks, mud monsters and dream catchers as well as exploring the forest with a quiz trail to discover how working woodlands are used for timber production.

For the first time, dogs could also enjoy taking part in their own fun competition which included winners Layth (best looking), Bella (waggiest tail), Scruffy (scruffiest – naturally!), Ollie (longest stay) and Basil who showed incredible speed in the hotly contested fastest recall category. 

The competition was judged by dog professional Emma Lovejoy who is trainer at Hounds for Heroes, the charity which the dog event was supporting.  Dog agility also proved extremely popular as dogs were put through their paces by friendly local dog trainer, Sam Trussler.

Charlotte Magowan, the Forestry Commission's Marketing Manager at Alice Holt Forest said:

“It was simply wonderful to see all the happy hounds and smiling faces enjoying our beautiful forest and everything that it has to offer.  It was great that local charities such as Hounds for Heroes and Hampshire Search and Rescue Dogs could benefit from being part of the day and we would like to thank all of their fantastic volunteers who gave their time and expertise to make it such an enjoyable event”.

For further information on holiday events and activities, including the forthcoming Gruffalo activity trail and The Gruffalo’s birthday party picnic, see or

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.

Media contact: Charlotte Magowan, Forestry Commission Marketing Manager at Alice Holt. 01483 326282.