It marks English Tourism Week and offers visitors the opportunity to find out about the past and present of timber production and to uncover wildlife living amongst the trees.
Director of Forestry Commission England, Ian Gambles, said, “Woods and forests are great for people and wildlife, as well as supporting the timber trade. Forest Discovery Day is all about sharing the good work the Forestry Commission does with visitors and encouraging people who may have not visited for a while to take time to enjoy their local woodlands.”
Forest Discovery Day events and activities will take place at woods and forest across the country.
Activities include a special trail at Beechenhurst Lodge in the Forest of Dean to learn all about the timber production process, there’s den building at Hamsterley Forest in Durham, a family volunteering day planting willow in North Yorskshire’s Guisborough Forest and crafts at The National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.
For those not able to get to an event, there are also activities to download from the Forestry Commission website, to enjoy any woodland location.
To make the most of your local woods and forests, the Forestry Commission Discovery Pass covers your parking charges for a year.