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York Children Celebrate World Forestry Day

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1:54pm 25th March 2013

There’s nothing like a bit of serious mini-beast hunting in the forest to get closer to nature!

And that’s exactly what nearly one hundred youngsters did by joining Forestry Commission rangers in scenic Hagg Wood, near Dunnington. 

Forest chiefs invited the eager youngsters from Dunnington Primary School into the woods to launch a new approach to learning in the nation’s woodlands and also celebrate World Forest Day.

The aim of the plan is to give everyone, everywhere, the chance to connect with trees and forests so that they understand the importance of sustainable forest management and act positively to safeguard forests for the future.

Tanya Rex, from the Forestry Commission’s Yorkshire region, said:

“We manage over 22,400 hectares (56,000 acres) of woodland in the region, which is a wonderful asset and also a spectacular place to learn for young and old alike.  We will be developing a wide range of learning resources and working with others to increase the number of events we hold so that more people than ever can access and learn about our forests at more sites across England.”

Whilst exploring Hagg Wood the children,  aged between 6 and 10 years old also learnt more about how trees grow and the host of uses for the timber they provide.

The 40 hectare beauty spot is marking its 10th anniversary of being designated as a community woodland.

Sir Harry Studholme, Forestry Commission Chair, added:

“The Public Forest Estate in England is a fantastic platform for the Forestry Commission to show the best of what can be done with forestry - how we manage our nation’s forests sustainably and safeguard them for the future and lead the way in demonstrating how they are an important part of the economy and good for the environment.  At the same time they are a space for people to enjoy themselves and experience nature. World Forestry Day promotes awareness of the value of forests across the globe. So what better day to join in the celebrations and launch our new approach to learning!”

For further information about learning opportunities in forests near to where you live, please visit the learning pages on the Forestry Commission website: www.forestry.gov.uk/england-learning

These will be regularly updated with new resources and you can find out what events are taking place in your local forest and how to get involved.

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