Posted 2nd Mar 2016
Forestry Commission England is to host a series of twilight activities throughout March to support WWF's Earth Hour
Earth Hour is an annual celebration which inspires millions of people to turn off their lives to symbolically show how much they care about the planet and it's future.
Taking place on 19 March between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, there will be a host of activities held at forests across the country, as visitors will get to explore forests after dark and see what they find. Perfect for star-gazing, storytelling and animal spotting, be sure to wrap up warm, grab your torch and prepare yourself for adventure.
The following forests will be hosting these events:
Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk
Come to Rendlesham for a Dark Forest guided walk on 19 March which will give you the chance to gaze at stars, keep an eye out for animals and experience some night-time magic of the forest. The walk will last approximately two hours, and booking is essential.
Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria
Families can enjoy an evening of exploring the forest by twilight. Explore the woods on earth walk before a hot chocolate and storytelling around a campfire. Booking is essential and will cost £2 per adult and £1 per child.
Kielder Castle at Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland
Kielder Castle will host the spring Kielder Forest Star camp on 2-6 March, as a gathering of astronomers from all over the UK come to observe, stargaze and appreciate the wonders of the night sky. If you are a beginner, talks will be held on 5th March between 12-4pm along with a chance to partake in solar observing while the sun is shining. All of the activities are free of charge.
Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
Come to Grizedale Forest for a guided star walk through the forest, which will be led by professional Astronomer, Robert Ince. He will be explaining the constellations and the mythology behind them, baring the secrets of the sky before you. Booking is essential and will cost £10 per adult and £5 per child.
Gisburn Forest, Lancashire
Having recently received its Dark Sky Discovery Site status, come to Gisburn Forest for some self-led star-gazing.
Hamsterley Forest, Durham
Hamsterley forest will be hosting two events to honour Earth Hour. On 2 March, 7:30 - 10:00pm, guests will get to observe Jupiter, king of the planets. Take in the stunning cloud bands of Jupiter and the famous Great Red Spot, a huge hurricane that has lasted for hundreds of years. Then on 25th March, the forest will open its doors between 7:30 - 10:00pm, to allow guests to appreciate magnificent star clusters. Tickets for each event are £7.50 and should be booked online or bought from the cafe in advance.
Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
Take part in a self-led twilight trail and find which animals are active at both dusk and dawn and why these are the hours they're active in. The trail will be in place on 19th and 20th March and the Forest will be open between 7:30am and 8pm. The Twilight Trail will be self-led so visitors can participate at a time that suits them.
You can find out more about Earth Hour here.