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Colour yourself happy this autumn half-term in England's National Woods and Forests

PUBLISHED: 10:48 19 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:48 19 October 2016

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To celebrate nature's most colourful season Forestry Commission England has created a 'Colour me Happy' trail to help you discover the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of autumn, along with lots of fun activities for families this half-term.

Throughout the holidays, the ‘Colour me Happy’ trail will be located in 17 Forestry Commission sites across England, allowing children and families to discover and explore forests during this vibrant time.

Rachel Giles, Learning Manager, explains: “Autumn is such a special time of the year, and the forest creates a wealth of opportunities to explore with all our senses – from tasting juicy blackberries, to smelling the damp earth, and enjoying the amazing array of colours of the trees.

“We hope that these trails will really get people excited about being in the forest this autumn, and that they will also learn something about the trees and wildlife that they find during their visit.”

To get your family outside this autumn with a big colourful bang there are also lots of great events happening across the country.

There is also the chance to be part of the wonderful woven woodland. Hang your piece of forest art within the canvas to help create a vibrant community artwork and share the growing masterpiece with on Facebook using #ColourMeHappy.

This year, you can also join in the #autumnleafwatch phenomena at sites by sharing photos of autumnal colours on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As autumn draws to a close the public will be asked to vote for their favourite autumn image. The winner will win year’s Forest Discovery Pass, £100 Go Ape vouchers and £100 photography vouchers.

www.forestry.gov.uk/autumn

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