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Woodland Survival Expert Launches The National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guides

Wednesday, 10th January 2007

The National Forest & Beyond Partnership launched its 2007 Visitor Guides yesterday (9 January 2007), with the help of woodland survival expert, Jason Ingamells, at Rosliston Forestry Centre, Derbyshire.

The launch incorporated workshops on marketing, quality and new legislation to help tourism businesses in the area not just to survive but to thrive! And on a lighter note, Jason demonstrated top tips for woodland survival.

Bushcraft uses all the woodland resources available in a sustainable manner. Jason demonstrated a number of techniques from his course such as using nettles to make cordage from the stem and tea from the leaf. The enthralled audience learnt how to filter water through a (preferably clean) sock, filled with layers of moss and ash, and a number were brave enough to taste the pine tea Jason had brewed earlier.

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

“Through the launch and this year’s guides, we want to highlight the area as a place to come and ‘experience’ woodland.”

She continued: “In addition to the huge wealth of existing attractions we have here, The National Forest & Beyond is one of the few places in the country that you can actually learn traditional woodland crafts, try your hand at weaving, textiles or painting, or even hone your survival skills through our three survival schools in the area.”

The first copies of the new visitor guides were unveiled and key members of The National Forest & Beyond partner organisations were present to answer questions relating to the promotional campaign, the development of The National Forest or the new regional structures in tourism.

The Visitor Guides are 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.

As well as information on family attractions, places to visit for heritage and history, and suggestions for where to enjoy the woodlands and countryside, the guides also contain details of events, accommodation and suggested walks. There is a special feature on local food of the area, suggestions for a spot of shopping, and a focus on the many interesting activities that people can do such as coracle or basket-making, woodland crafts, survival and bushcraft skills, textile, painting and walking holidays. And readers can also win a mini-break for up to eight people in a woodland retreat in The National Forest & Beyond.

To order a copy of the guide, either log on to the website www.nationalforest.org, email enquiries@nationalforest.org or telephone 01283 551 211.