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Colourful, wild and free in Dalby Forest

[Wednesday 20 October 2010]

With Autumn colours set to spread across the region the Forestry Commission has named North Yorkshire's top five places to see the riot of rustic hues.

Dalby Forest, near Pickering, Kilburn Woods, near Thirsk, Bishopwood near Cawood, are all prime spots say forest chiefs, along with Newgate Bank north of Helmsley and Ingleby Greenhowe, near Stokesley, included for their fabulous viewpoints over breathtaking countryside.

The seasonal transformation will be sparked in earnest by the first frosts which sets in train a chemical reaction in leaves as trees get ready to shut down for the winter. Paul Cody, District Forester, said:

“We are privileged in North Yorkshire to have so many fabulous woods so deciding on the best five places hasn’t been easy. Even for veteran foresters this time of year is special with so much colour making the woods look like an artist's palette.”

To mark the turning of the seasons the Forestry Commission is opening Dalby Forest for free on Wednesday 27 October. The normal forest toll will be suspended for the day, offering a great chance to view the colours, saddle up for a bike ride, or even go fungi spotting in what is proving a great year for mushrooms and toadstools. Tanya Rex, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre Manager, added:

“The free day is a great opportunity to explore Dalby at this fabulous time of year."

Exciting half term activities lined up in Dalby include a chance to meet snakes, spiders and rats to prove that scary animals have a nice side (28 October) and artist Nicky Hampson turning over a new leaf with a paper making workshop (27 October). Further details can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/yorkshireandthehumber or by calling Dalby Forest Visitor Centre on 01751 460295.

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