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Woodland Trust to host free summer forest festival at Penn Wood, Penn Street

| July 4, 2017

The Woodland Trust will be hosting a free summer forest festival at Penn Wood, Penn Street on Saturday 8th July 2017 from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

There will be a host of activities for people to take part in including bush craft skills such as fire lighting, campfire cooking, building shelters and learning how local chairs were traditionally made.

The Chiltern Rangers will help children find butterflies and minibeasts while families can also follow the willow sculpture trail designed by children from Curzon Primary School. Food and drink will be on sale.

Mark Franklin, site manager for the Woodland Trust, said: ‘We’re looking forward to welcoming families to the Penn Wood festival. It promises to be a great day, and is the perfect excuse for getting outside enjoying the summer sun.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, dogs are welcome if kept on a lead – please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Penn Wood is one of the largest ancient woodlands in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a long history and a herd of cows is still used to manage part of the site – echoing more traditional methods of management. The wood is well known for its bluebell displays in the spring and red kites are often seen flying overhead.

This event and some of the work at Penn Wood has been funded with a £68,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Funding has also been provided by The Veolia Environmental Trust (£34,833 awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund) and nearly £30,000 from local supporters.

If you are not able to visit the festival then why not host your own Tree Party? To find out more and to get your own party pack, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeparty.

If you wish to attend the event being held at Penn Wood on Saturday 8th July 2017 it is advised to book a place by visiting woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved.

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