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BBC TV's Rob Penn to speak at first Friends of The National Forest event

Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Rob Penn

TV personality and woodsman Rob Penn (BBC 4 ‘Tales from the Wild Wood') is coming to The National Forest to speak at the very first Friends of The National Forest event on Saturday 13 April.

Members of the new Friends of The National Forest will hear about Rob’s exploits in making the TV series, and have the chance to accompany him on a walk through new woodlands in The National Forest.

Rob, author and TV presenter, took over the management of Strawberry Cottage Wood in the Black Mountains, South Wales, two years ago. His six-part TV series, broadcast last year, covered the day to day management of the woodland over a whole year: keeping pigs, trapping squirrels, coppicing, planting trees, making charcoal, improving biodiversity and encouraging public access. The series explored issues affecting British woodlands today: is man good for woods? Can woodlands pay? How can we value them in non-economic ways? Will our woods survive into the future?

Rob’s talk for the Friends organisation will cover the making of the TV series, the public reaction to it and what this says about our relationship with trees in Britain today.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive:“Rob is a great enthusiast for The National Forest and we are delighted that he is coming to share his expertise and passion for woodland management. Anyone who saw the TV series will know this is an event not to miss. Rob is engaging, charismatic and is very excited to share stories with us about our mutual love of trees and woodland.”

Funds raised by the Friends of The National Forest go towards improving access and looking after the woodlands, and supporting environmental education projects. Annual subscriptions are available from £30 or £3 per month; life membership is also available.

By joining the Friends you will help continue the creation of a forest for everyone to enjoy.

It’s not too late to sign up and join the Friends of The National Forest, and receive your invite to join the event. Go to and sign up today.