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Rustic right move for Ray Mears fans!

[Monday 24 May 2010]

There’s never been a better time to get on the property ladder – even when your des res is made of branches and brash rather than bricks and mortar!

The Forestry Commission is staging its Big Bank Holiday Den Building Day on Monday 31 May in Dalby Forest to get kids and adults making their own rustic shelters.

Thanks to Ray Mears interest in bushcraft has never been higher.

Once being able to fend for yourself in the forest was a vital skill and now rangers will show how it’s done in the 8,600 acre wood, near Pickering. Ranger Mark Barker said:

“Getting out in the fresh air learning how to fend for yourself is the ultimate escape from the stresses of modern life. It’s surprising what you can do with a few raw materials and bit of know how and we’ll be putting dens through the ultimate test by sprinkling them with water to prove their rain proof qualities.”

The event runs between 10.30am and 12.30pm and 2pm and 4pm. The cost is £5 per person, or £15.00 for a family of four. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is required on 01751 472771

Den making is just one highlight in a packed half term of activities in Dalby. Marie Conway, from Scarborough, will be bringing along snakes, spiders and other animals on 2 June and there’ll be boat making using recycled materials (3 June), paper making (4 June) and the spectacular Dalbyology event on 6 June. For full details visit www.forestry.gov.uk/yorkshireandthehumber

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