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Thursday, 13th November 2008

The winter edition of Forest Scene is packed with news, views, ideas for things to see and do in The National Forest until April 2009, and behind the scenes stories. 

Ian Varley abandoned his well paid job in the construction industry, and now not only lives in the Forest, but earns his living here as well – making Funky Monkey tree houses and buildings out of greenwood. 

Rebecca and Jon Edwards asked for trees for their wedding list, and ended up planting their own little corner of The National Forest. Rebecca said:  “We chose The National Forest’s Plant a Tree scheme because it is the only one where you actually plant a new tree yourself.”

Full of great photographs of the Forest, Forest Scene encourages people to get out and enjoy the woodlands and Forest landscapes – and take the camera.  Trees are photogenic, even in the winter.  Their shapes are amazing and just see how the colours zing after rain!   The National Forest Company is always interested to see good images of the Forest – call 01283 551211 for more information.

For those who might be thinking of planting a tree in their garden this winter, Forest Scene gives advice on what species to choose, where to site it and how to give it the very best start in life.

There are loads of Christmas events in The National Forest. Find out where to visit Santa in his grotto, why reindeer food is available at the National Memorial Arboretum and how to celebrate national tree dressing weekend.

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