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Get up close to trees by joining a Twig Trail this winter
Children and families are invited to keep active while enjoying the great outdoors this winter in the Staffordshire city of Lichfield. They are being urged to follow the 'Twig Hunt and Keep Warm Trail' which will be taking place around the city's Beacon Park this January and February. The team at Beacon Park has launched a new trail to help children identify some common British trees simply by looking at their twigs. The trail also has some fun exercise challenges to keep trail-goers warm along the way. There is also a wheelchair friendly, accessible version of the trail on offer.

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Ruth Piddington demonstrates Beacon Park's 'Twig Trail'

To help explorers, the trees in the trail have been painted with an organic blue circle that will wash away over time. The trails cost 1 each and will be available from the Ranger Station inside Beacon Park every day from 25 January to 24 February 2019, between 9.30am and 3pm. Councillor David Leytham, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member responsible for Leisure, said: "This trail is a great way to get children to take an interest in nature and to tell different trees apart while taking some healthy exercise. It's a great lead into our programme of half term activities which include hobby horse workshops, archery, tennis, street golf and more."

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Beacon Park in Lichfield

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Why? Get Up Close And Personal To Trees
When: 25 January to 24 February
Where: Beacon Park, 14 Swan Road, Lichfield WS13 6QZ
Cost: 1 per trail
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