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Superworm trail for families opens at Bedgebury Pinetum in Goudhurst and Jeskyns Community Woodland near Gravesend


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There's a super chance to celebrate the unsung heroes of the forest with the arrival of a new woodland trail at two of the county's forests.

The Superworm trail, based on Julia Donaldson's children's picture book illustrated by Axel Scheffler, highlights the small but mighty creatures in the Superworm story, such as toad, beetle and Wizard Lizard, and their amazing abilities as they make their home in the forest.

The Superworm trail will be at Bedgebury in Goudhurst and Jeskyns in Gravesend Picture: Forest England
The Superworm trail will be at Bedgebury in Goudhurst and Jeskyns in Gravesend Picture: Forest England

The activity trail is a partnership between Forestry England and Magic Light Pictures, following the premiere of the animated special from Magic Light Pictures, which aired on BBC One on Christmas Day.

It has now arrived at both Jeskyns Community Woodland in Cobham and Bedgebury Pinetum in Goudhurst, with fun activities to complete encouraging children to become superheroes of the forest themselves.

There will be brightly illustrated panels, packed with things to do designed to get children thinking about the unsung heroes, while questions along the self-led trail will inspire children to think about the everyday heroic feats of the minibeasts of the woods and forests around them.

Forestry England recreation ranger Denise Bird said: “This is such a fun trail that offers children the chance to become a hero of the forest, just like the much loved and heroic creatures within the Superworm story. You’ll get to learn about our minibeasts and the important jobs they do for the nation’s forests. It’s the perfect winter’s day out.”

It should take young visitors around an hour to complete.

The Superworm trail. Image credit: Forestry England/ Crown
The Superworm trail. Image credit: Forestry England/ Crown
The Superworm trail. Image credit: Forestry England/ Crown
The Superworm trail. Image credit: Forestry England/ Crown

Superworm trail packs are available to buy on site from the cafe for £3.50 with additional activities, including stickers, a superhero mask, creature fact cards, at-home activity sheet, pencil and crayon.

There was previously a Gruffalo trail at both sites.

BLOB The Superworm trail will be open at the two sites until the end of October. To find out more click here.

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