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Forest funday in August

The National Forest has revealed that it will run an event over the upcoming August Bank Holiday to encourage children to learn about the natural world.

On Monday August 27th, the National Forest Wood Fair will take place at Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.

The event will involve free art sessions, supervised tree climbing and coracle paddling.

"With all the trees to inspire us, youngsters can come and join us on our stand and have a go at collage making, painting and drawing," explained Claire Martin of Artworks.

"We'll be doing rubbings from bark and wood shavings and mixing these with textured paper, fabrics and other materials. Everyone can make something to take home."

In addition, the Woodland Ways Survival School will be demonstrating techniques like fire lighting, how to filter water through a sock, the making of twine from tree roots and how to treat woodlands with respect.

"The Wood Fair has always been a great event for families, and we are delighted this year to have secured so many talented people to offer an exciting array of activities for all ages," explained Hugh Williams of the National Forest Company.

"It is important that young people have a chance to learn about the natural world and how they can relate to the countryside."

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