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Pond dipping, teddy bears picnics, shelter building and mud squelching are just a few of the adventures taking place in the forest this summer.

Forestry Commission Scotland’s rangers in Aberdeenshire are planning lots of fun activities for children. The programme includes great forest favourites like den building but also has some new and exciting ideas. Children can feel free to play and explore in a safe environment under the watchful eye of their parents and the rangers.

Activities are suitable for families with children of various ages.

Julia White, Ranger, said: “There’s always something to do at a forest near you during the school holidays. Whether it is one of our organised activities or just letting the kids have the freedom to run wild and explore.

“The summer is also a wonderful time of year to enjoy a picnic. Whatever it is families choose to do, we hope you have a great time.”

Events include: Pirates in the Forest (3-12 years) (today, Thursday) drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm at Dunnottar Woods at Stonehaven.

Wednesday 3rd August – Mini Beast Hunt (all ages) from 1 – 3.30pm at Back O’Bennachie, near Oyne; and Thursday 4th August - Teddy Bears Picnic (3-7 years) from 11am – 12.30pm and Tribal Teepees (all ages) from 2 – 3.30 pm at Tyrebagger near Aberdeen.

All events cost £2 per child. For further details of these and other summer activities see the Forestry Commission Scotland website (www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland) or phone 01466 794161 where staff will be able to help.