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Get Back to Nature and Experience Woodland

Monday, 29th January 2007

Get Back to Nature and Experience Woodland

Interest in woodland crafts and bushcraft skills is mushrooming according to Forest experts. More people are coming to The National Forest to try their hand at these ancient skills, inspired by programmes such as Ray Mears.

Penny Wilkinson, Tourism & Promotions Officer with the National Forest Company commented:

“The National Forest is one of the few places in the country that you can actually learn traditional woodland crafts such as willow weaving, pole lathe turning and dry stone walling, try your hand at weaving, textiles or painting, or hone your survival skills.

“To cater for the increase in demand, a further survival school, Woodland Ways, has just opened in the Forest bringing the number of survival schools in this area now to three. The National Forest is the place to come and ‘experience’ woodland.”

As well as these woodland ‘experiences’, The National Forest has a huge number of historic places of interest such as Calke Abbey, Ashby de la Zouch Castle and Coors Visitor Centre, brilliant family attractions including Conkers and Snibston Discovery Centres and is criss-crossed with peaceful woodland paths and bridleways to explore – whether by foot, by bike or on horseback.

And there are several lakes and reservoirs within the Forest that are great for water-sports, fishing or just to visit for a scenic walk. In addition, Foremark Reservoir offers fly-fishing courses.

The National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide contains information on where to go, what to see and places to stay in and around The National Forest, plus discount vouchers for a selection of the local attractions. The 2007 Visitor Guide also contains a focus specifically on the activities people can come and do to ‘experience’ true Forest.

To order a copy of the guides, either log on to the website, email explore or telephone 01283 551 211.

The Guide is produced by the National Forest Company (NFC) in partnership with East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC), North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) and South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC) to promote the tourism economy in the Forest and surrounding area.