Day to get back to nature

Ranger Neil Taylor sets up camp ready for the Dalby bushcraft days.
Ranger Neil Taylor sets up camp ready for the Dalby bushcraft days.

Dalby Forest is set to stage a bushcraft day for aspiring Ray Mears enthusiasts this week.

The day has been organised by the Forestry Commission and aims to provide information and give children the chance to learn more about the bush craft skills that propelled Ray Mears to stardom.

The event is aimed at children aged between 10 and 14 and takes place in the 3,440 hectare forest on Thursday.

Ranger Mark Barker said: “We’ll be getting to grips with shelter building, wild food foraging and fire lighting.

“Dalby is a big forest and you get a real sense of wilderness. It’s the perfect place to get back to nature.”

There will also be tips on water purification using a plastic bottle and a handful of moss.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.

Sessions are priced at £10 per child and run from 10am-3pm.

To book your place contact (01751) 472771 or Dalby Forest Visitor Centre.