The Forestry Commission is encouraging families to get out and about exploring their local forest – a perfect, value for money day out.
The Public Forest Estate in England already hosts over 40 million visits every year and offers excellent value for money. It has 177 walking trails, 106 cycling centres, 28 visitor centres, 24 campsites, 16 art installations, 73 equestrian facilities and 15 forest drives.
Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, in the High Weald of Kent, is a perfect example. As well as the world's best conifer collection, it has wonderful picnic sites, outdoor play areas, cycle tracks and miles of beautiful walks - all for just £8.50 per car-load.
People can find out where their nearest forest is by visiting www.forestry.gov.uk/england or by downloading our free ForestXplorer app www.forestry.gov.uk/mobileapp
For regular visitors, Bedgebury offers a Discovery Pass which includes free parking for a whole year as well as a range of other benefits – visit www.forestry.gov/pass for details.
Forests are also great places to visit whatever the weather. Even if the great British summer lets us down forests are still fun places to be. A canopy of trees provides the ideal shelter from the rain and sometimes exploring on foot or two wheels is even more fun when it’s muddy!
Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair, says;
“All over the country there are Forestry Commission woodlands open every day where families can be out and active at very little cost. The recent report by the Independent Panel on Forestry highlighted the value that forests can add to people’s lives and our aim at Forestry Commission England is to get as many people as possible in to our forests having fun whatever the weather and regardless of what is in their wallets.”
Published 7th August 2012
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