Over the Summer plenty of people visited their nearest Forestry Commission forests and took part in the Gruffalo Trails. The Gruffalo has been a much loved children’s book for years, telling the story of a mouse who meets a number of predators on his way though the woods. To prevent himself being eaten he tells each animal he is on the way to meet the Gruffalo, a fearsome beast. The mouse managed to evade capture until at the very last he meets the Gruffalo, a creature he thought he made up. He managed to convince the Gruffalo that he is the scariest beast in the forest and survives. In honour of the 10th anniversary of the books publication the Forestry Commission created Gruffalo Trails in their forests.
The Gruffalo trails were a great way to get closer to nature and learn more about woodland. In fifteen forests you could even come face to face with a large Gruffalo sculpture. Lovingly carved from a tree truck, these 15 sculptures are all unique, each in a different position. It must be magical wandering though the forest and coming face to face with the Gruffalo himself.
Just in time for half term the Gruffalo trails have been updated to The Gruffalo’s child trails. The Gruffalo’s child tells the story of the Gruffalo’s child who sets off into the woods to find the big bad mouse, who the Gruffalo is scared of. Families are invited to join the Gruffalo’s Child on her journey though the forest and see what they can discover along the way.
The Grufflo’s Child activity trails are located in 24 Forestry Commission Forests across England. Whilst following the trail route you can take part in activities based on the book and the characters found in them. To go along with the trail there are activity packs which cost £2. These contain an activity leaflet, colouring in sheet, a Gruffalo’s child sticker and a foraging bag. These packs also help children learn about how animals use Autumn to prepare for winter, searching out food and shelter. Autumn is a great time to visit the forests. Children can find seeds and leaves and try and work out which trees they are from. The forest is full of colour as the leaves change. I went to Hamsterley Forest last Autumn and it was really pretty to look at the trees.
You can find more information about the Gruffalo’s Child Trails on the Forestry Commission website. You will find the Gruffalo statues in the following fifteen forests:
Disclosure: I am an official blogger for The Forestry Commission and receive an annual Discovery Pass to visit.