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Let the kids loose for healthy outdoor fun this Easter

Forestry Commission England is encouraging families to spend some time

in the great outdoors this Easter by taking a trip to their local forest

or woodland.

With spring fast approaching and the promise of sunshine, the holidays
are an excellent opportunity to get outside with your kids, experience
nature and get all the great benefits that go with playing in the open
air.

At Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, families can take part in the
Easter Challenge (3 - 6 April) and Jurassic Plants (10 - 12 April).
Westonbirt Family TrailWestonbirt Family TrailFollow a spring trail with a sweet reward in the Easter Challenge and
find out about leaf fossils and ancient trees in the Jurassic Plants
event. More information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.

 

 

Child taking the Easter Challenge trail at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Credit Westonbirt Arboretum/ Forestry Commission.

A recent survey showed that nearly three quarters of people in England

thought that playing in woods is good for children's health.

Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair says:

"We know that kids want to have fun. So all over the country our
experienced rangers are organising some fantastic Easter activities
aimed at getting children outside and excited about nature - from Easter
egg hunts and trails to craft activities.

"Studies carried out by our Forest Research agency show that outdoor
play not only has physical health benefits, but also improves mental
wellbeing, boosting children's confidence and self-esteem.

"Many local woodlands offer a great chance for low or no cost fun, so
fingers crossed for some great Easter weather!"

Along with these seasonal activities our woods and forests offer many
winding paths for children to explore, open green spaces for games of
tag and natural play structures for them to climb and swing on. For
younger children, fantastic picnic sites offer the opportunity to host
your very own teddy bears picnic with family and friends.

Visit our Get Fit in the Forest web page
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestfit to discover more about what the
great outdoors can do for you and your family and to find your nearest
Forestry Commission woodland.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible

in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable
management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society
and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable
development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from
planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.
Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/england

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry
Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection.
Home to the National Japanese Maple Collection, the arboretum covers 243
hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 specimens. Visitor numbers are
over 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 28,000. Westonbirt
Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert
Holford, and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many
arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather
than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit
www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

Figures taken from Public Opinion of Forestry Survey 2011: UK
and England are available here
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-5zyl9w.

It is recommended that children do at least 60 minutes of
moderate exercise a day and combined with the health benefits of getting
outdoors, the many play options available in Forestry Commission
woodlands are the perfect solution for active kids to run of their
excess energy.

Research taken from reports, case studies and evidence found on
our website http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-6aceel

Source:Westonbirt Arboretum 

 

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