Teddy bears' picnic at Old Mine Nature Park

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5 JUNE 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16279

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If you go down to the woods today...make sure you bring your teddy bear!

Forestry Commission Scotland is hosting a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Fallside Nature Park, Uddingston, Saturday 28 June 12 noon to 2pm.

It promises to be a fun family day out for young children with story tellers, activities for all ages, competitions and prizes for winning teddies.  There will also be a guided walk into Old Mine Nature Park and some sporty fun in this Commonwealth Games year.  

Eilidh Malcolm, Community Ranger said:

“We’re very excited to host our teddy bears’ picnic, we hope everyone comes along to enjoy the fun and brings their teddy bears too!”

No booking required, just turn up on the day and it’s free.  It is advised to wear outdoor clothing and wellies or shoes with a good grip for soft ground.  There will be a small marquee for protection from the weather. 

Fallside and Old Mine Nature Parks are close to homes in Bothwell and Fallside and lie beside each other. Fallside Nature Park can be accessed off New Edinburgh Road, at the bottom of Sanderson Avenue.

Old Mine Nature Park has recently undergone extensive work from Forestry Commission Scotland as part of their on-going programme to help transform vacant sites into attractive woodland spaces. 

The work has included planting 20,000 trees, developing 2.5km of new footpaths and improving drainage at the park.  It was officially opened last year and is part of a network of 14 ‘Commonwealth Woods’ - a legacy project of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  The project aims to encourage more people to use the outdoors for fitness, for relaxation and to learn more about nature.

Notes to Editors

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

2. For news, events and recreation information log on to: www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests or https://twitter.com/FCScotlandNews

3. The FCS agobair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridhcoilltearachdRiaghaltasna h-Alba agus a’ riaghladhnan 660,000 heactaireanann an OighreachdnaCoilleNàiseanta, a’ dìonadh, a’ cumailsmachd air agus a’ leudachadhnancoillteangusbuannachdan a thoirtdhacoimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidhagus, agobair an aghaidhatharrachadhgnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

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

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