December 11 2013 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Thursday, August 22, 2013
More than 1,000 visitors flocked to Sheringham’s Pretty Corner Woods today (Thursday) for a family-fun festival promoting the inspiring woodland.
The free event was organised by the Woodland Trust and North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) and people were able to enjoy the 60 hectare wood by taking part in a variety of activities including a minibeast hunt, woodland trail, pond dipping and a scavenger hunt.
The Woodland Trust, established in 1972, is a UK charity championing native woods and tress and now has over 1,000 sites in its care.
Mike Ryder, Woodland Trust site manager, said the festival was “a great opportunity” for people to visit the wood.
He added: “To get 1,200 visitors at the event was beyond expectations, we hope everyone that turned up had a great day out, and just as importantly learnt a little more about Pretty Corner Woods too.
“We’ve worked incredibly hard with North Norfolk District Council to make the site even more accessible and enjoyable for visitors and we hope everyone that came today will return in the future.”
Pretty Corner recently received the accolade of Green Flag status following the efforts of NNDC.
A number of site improvements have also recently been funded, including 700 metres of accessible pathways and 370 metres of boardwalks, improved viewpoints, better on-site interpretation, pond-dipping platforms and improved car parks.
Pretty Corner Woods has been supported by the Forestry Commission Rural Development Programme for England, Heritage Lottery Fund and local donations.
The event took place on Thursday, August 22.
• For more information about the festival visit woodlandtrust.org.uk/prettycorner.