Cairngorms National Park

Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag, Kingussie

Celebrate Nature – the trees and forests of the Cairngorms National Park – 21 May 2011

28th April 2011

A fun day for all the family to “Celebrate Nature – Trees, Forests and Us!” is taking place next month, organised by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and the Ranger Services of the National Park.

The free event takes place on Saturday 21 May 2011 from 10am – 4pm at the Four Seasons Lawn, Aviemore Highland Resort, and will focus on the theme of trees and forests to coincide with the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011.

Throughout the day there will be a wide variety of activities, demonstrations and advice from the CNPA and the ranger services on all aspects of woodland and forest management – where people can get involved in and learn more about wildlife and nature, recreation opportunities and forest products.

CNPA Local Biodiversity Action Plan Officer Stephen Corcoran said: “Funding from the Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage have made this event possible. Our aim is to highlight the fantastic benefits of the woodland and forests in the Cairngorms National Park.

“Forests provide an amazing habitat for animals but also benefit us in so many ways, helping reduce the impact of climate change, provide fuel and building materials for our homes and places to get out and have fun. Whether you’re interested in finding out about mountain biking in the forests or seeing wood sculpted with a chainsaw, there’s something for everyone at this event.”

CNPA Convener David Green added: “Celebrating Nature follows on from the 24 hour Biobuzz Day we hosted last year which was a great success It was a fun day out for youngsters attracting hundreds of people to record wildlife sightings in the Cairngorms National Park. This event aims to build on that success – bringing people and nature closer and developing a greater understanding of how good forest management benefits the people of Scotland in so many practical, fun and exciting ways.”

Keep an eye on our website and local press for further information or contact the CNPA’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan Officers Stephen Corcoran and Justin Prigmore on 01479 873535 or by email.