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Witness a Growing Forest at Snibston

Tuesday, 11th March 2008

Visitors to Snibston can not only discover the huge variety of attractions, woodlands and events in the area, but also witness the growing Forest through a short animated movie at its new information stop.

Within the foyer of this popular interactive visitor centre, visitors can browse for things to see and do in the Forest on the new touchscreen and see how the landscape will change over time as the trees grow and woodland matures. Clever 'landscape visualisation' software shows the growing woodland from the time the trees were planted as young saplings, through the decades, to 200 years later.

The development is part of the National Forest's Visitor Infrastructure Project, funded by East Midlands Tourism (EMT). With information on the wealth of things to do and see across the area, the centre will encourage visitors to get out and explore The National Forest.

Katherine Hanrahan, Sales & Marketing Manager from Snibston said: 'We have always stocked leaflets here to promote the wider area and visitors regularly ask us for information on other places to go. With the new Information Stop, we want to encourage visitors to understand and explore The National Forest, stay longer and return more often.'

As well as the information point, the café has beautiful Forest-themed tables, and picnic tables with information on the Forest will also be installed in Snibston Country Park shortly. Visitors can see some of the first trees to be planted in The National Forest in the Country Park, and witness the transformation of the former coal mining site to green countryside.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company said: 'Snibston is one of the key attractions within The National Forest and we are delighted to work with Leicestershire County Council that owns the centre to promote the wealth of things to see and do in this area.

'Visitors can discover more on the Forest from the information stop but also enjoy a drink, snack or picnic while learning a little more about the Forest.'

Through the Visitor Infrastructure Project, new facilities have been created at Conkers, The Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, Sence Valley Forest Park, Ashby de la Zouch Tourist Information Centre, Twycross Zoo, Rosliston Forestry Centre and the National Forest Youth Hostel. In addition to these attractions, information points have been installed at key laybys on access routes into the Forest and the service areas MOTO Donington Park (A42/M1) and Welcome Break Leicester Forest East (M1).

These will provide a 'sense of place' to the whole destination, helping to promote the wider area and link attractions within the 200 square mile Forest. The new information points take the form of shelters, panels, benches, listening posts, touchscreen kiosks as well as Coffee Table Browsers in accommodation venues.

For more information on the huge choice of things to do and see in the Forest or places to stay for a brilliant weekend break visit the Visit and Explore section or telephone 01283 551211.

Supported by East Midlands Tourism.