Hereford & Worcester

Wyre Forest countryside course for urban dwellers

Family walking in the Wyre Forest. Photo: Forestry Commission
Image caption Organisers say the course is for people who are keen to explore green areas but are unsure how

A training course in Worcestershire aims to make the countryside less "daunting" to urban dwellers.

The one-day event seeks to help people unfamiliar with the countryside learn to manage in the great outdoors.

It will be run by Worcestershire County Council working with the Forestry Commission-led Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Organisers say the course on 16 September is for people who are keen to explore green areas but are unsure how.

The free event is called "Introduction to the Countryside - the Wyre Forest and surrounding area".

It will teach city and town residents how to understand basic maps and explain what happens in the countryside and who manages it.

'Quite daunted'

Attendees will also learn about their access rights and responsibilities as well as the Countryside Code.

People will also discover what there is to see and what clothing is appropriate to wear.

Peter Thaxter, project manager of Grow With Wyre, said: "There are a lot of people who are living in urban areas who have very little experience of the countryside, and who would like to explore what the outdoors has to offer, but are quite daunted about visiting green areas because they are not quite sure of what to expect or what the rules are.

"This course is specially designed to help adults who are interested in learning more about the natural world outside of the towns and cities take those first steps and give them the confidence and knowledge to take advantage of the fantastic countryside in the Wyre Forest and elsewhere."

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