Families urged to swap TV for trees in Gorebridge

Forest families, near Gorebridge
Forest families, near Gorebridge

A group has been launched in Gorebridge to get children and their parents out in the great outdoors and interacting with each other.

Thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery, Forest Families will provide activities in woodland around Gorebridge for children aged three to eight and their families.

Project co-ordinator Stephanie Walker explained what the group is all about. “Promoting play and nature is the focus,” she said.

“It’s a programme which gets young people out to the outdoors. Building dens, camp fires etc, with a wide range of skills.

“We hope to have as many people come along as possible. We want to re-introduce people to things they can be doing.

“Getting wet and muddy and having some fun. That is the key to it. It’s getting families more active and spending time together.”

The first Forest Families event – a woodland craft workshop – is on Saturday, February 22 meeting at Gorebridge Library at 10am. It is a free event but places are limited, so call 01875 823202 to book.

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