If you haven’t had a chance to see your local woodlands in full bloom, now is the time – particularly if you happen to be near one of our new and exciting Discovery Trails launched this month in partnership with Sky and the Forestry Commission.
These are no ordinary trails. Each trail is designed to take people to the depths of the Amazon rainforest and discover more through sounds and stories, as well as the chance to test their knowledge on forests in both England and in the Amazon. Amanda Larsson, Communications Manager at WWF-UK, said:
“Our forests are vitally important, not only to people - but to the planet as well. By encouraging people to don their walking boots and explore local woodlands, we hope our trails will inspire them to think about protecting far off tropical places like the Amazon rainforest, too.”
Last week, twenty school children joined Sky News presenter Charlotte Hawkins at Alice Holt Forest, in Surrey, to launch the trails. It’s a great opportunity for children and families to learn about the Amazon – for instance, the fact that it’s home to one in ten of all wild species on earth, including the iconic jaguar. It’s also home to around 30 million people!
The trails are located at six Forestry Commission sites from Surrey to Durham and are part of Sky Rainforest Rescue – a partnership between Sky and WWF which aims to help save one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest. By taking part in a Sky Rainforest Rescue Discovery Trail people can learn how they can help protect the Amazon rainforest.
Sites and launch dates:
- Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4L - Fri 31 May 2013 to Thu 1 Jan 2015
- Beechenhurst Forest of Dean, Forest of Dean District Council, High Street, Coleford, GL16 8HG - Wed 5 Jun 2013 to Thu 1 Jan 2015
- Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9JL - Wed 19 Jun 2013 to Thu 1 Jan 2015
- Cannock and Rugeley, Birches Valley Forest Centre, Lady Hill, Birches Valley, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS152UQ - Fri 21 Jun 2013 to Thu 1 Jan 2015
- Dalby Forest, Dalby Forest Drive and Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT - Wed 3 July 2013 to Thu 1 Jan 2015
- Hamsterley Redford, Hamsterley Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 3NL - Fri 5 July 2013 to Thu 1 Jan 2015