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To celebrate 2011 being the International Year of Forests, the Forestry Commission is holding a Forest Festival at Grizedale Forest in the Lake District.
The United Nations declared 2011 to be the International Year of Forests in an effort to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
The Forest Festival, to be held on September 11th, will offer a range of events demonstrating the variety of timber production work at Grizedale, as well as the great range of family friendly activities available at the forest. The event forms part of the Forestry Commission England’s Discovery Dav, held across 28 forest sites in England.
From scaling the tallest tree in Grizedale, as well as a competition to guess its height, to chainsaw carving and childrens crafts, and demonstrations of some of the more heavy duty harvesting machines used, the Festival will celebrate all things forestry.
At 2pm there will also be an opportunity for people to take part in a national tree hug to coincide with a world record attempt being held at the Forestry Commission’s Delamere Forest.
Tania Crockett, people engagement manager, from the Forestry Commission in Cumbria said: “As well as offering a great range of fun family activities, the Forest Festival will also give an insight into some of the more behind-the-scenes work that goes on at Grizedale.
“The International Year of Forests is a great way to raise awareness of the importance of our wooded areas and the activities that people can enjoy.
“Our forests are special places – they are a source of timber, home to magnificent wildlife, destinations for thrilling adventure, a setting for amazing sculpture and a great escape from the pressures of modern life.”
The Café in the Forest, which is run by Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre, will be running children’s activities including a teddy bears picnic with prizes for the best dressed teddy and free face painting. The café will also be offering a seasonal forest led menu as well as a tasting table of tasty items such as cakes and local cheeses.
Grizedale offers miles of waymarked walking routes, and has more than 60 sculptures set throughout the forest. There is also the chance to release your inner monkey up in the forest's canopy, swinging along the high wires and rope ladders of Go Ape. Go Ape is offering visitors to the Forest Festival a fantastic 50 per cent off at Go Ape Grizedale on September 11 only. Simply book online at www.goape.co.uk using promotional code FCGA99.
The forest is also criss-crossed by a wide network of way marked biking routes and the North Face mountain bike trail that provide huge amounts of fun for two-wheeled adventurers.
More information about Grizedale Forest can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale