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Snow Leopard, Survival Skills, Bothies and Bodgers: The New Edition of Forest Scene is Out Now

Wednesday, 4th November 2009

Plans for a new long distance trail across The National Forest have taken a great step forward with the appointment of a National Forest Trail Development Officer.  Over the next year, Reuben Brown will be working with people across the Forest to map out the detail of the new National Forest Trail.  Stretching from Charnwood in the east to Needwood in the west, the Trail will take in the sights, sounds and experiences that The National Forest has to offer.  Sam Lattaway, Biodiversity & Access Officer for the National Forest Company, said: ‘By the end of 2010 we will have a route designed.  The next challenge will be to raise the funds and then start work on creating this exciting new contribution to The National Forest.’

Local landowners can create small woods for free in The National Forest.  The new Freewoods scheme is designed to be simple, attractive - and completely free!  Create a firewood wood, which could help reduce domestic heating bills; plant a wildlife wood, with the best possible conditions to attract birds and other wildlife; plant trees specifically to provide year round colour, or a roadside wood for privacy, noise dampening and landscaping.

Snow leopards will be at Twycross Zoo, on the southern edge of the Forest, when a brand new Visitor Centre and Himalayan landscape-themed enclosure opens in spring 2010.  The Gardener’s Bothy is a new garden store and rural craft workshop at Staunton Harold near Ashby de la Zouch.  It is the ‘shop window’ for local company Cameron Forest & Garden Ltd, and will also showcase the talents of other rural craftspeople and local businesses operating in The National Forest.

Professional photographer Christopher Beech has put together Ten Top Tips for happy snappers to make the most of a trip to the Forest and capture the silhouettes of winter trees or the fresh green leaves of spring. 

Hitting the streets when Christmas shopping is looming, Forest Scene highlights The National Forest’s plantatree scheme, which may be just what is needed to make the gift list more manageable! For £25 you get a personalised certificate and an invitation for both you and the person you are buying for to attend a special tree planting event.  You plant your choice of tiny tree, usually an oak, ash or birch, with the help of National Forest foresters, in a woodland that will always be open for you to visit.