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Superworm trails return to England’s forests

From the creators of The Gruffalo, the hugely popular children’s picture book Superworm returns to Forestry England’s woods and forests in January 2022 with a brand-new family activity trail.

Launching today (5 January 2022), the new Superworm trails follow the premiere of the animated special from Magic Light Pictures, which aired on BBC One on Christmas Day.

In the latest exciting partnership between Forestry England and Magic Light Pictures, the Superworm trail showcases the unsung heroes of the forest.

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

The Superworm activity trail can be found at 26 of the nation’s forests across England and with lots of fun activities to complete, the new self-led trail will encourage children to become superheroes of the forest themselves.

Families will discover brightly illustrated panels, packed with amazing activities designed to get children thinking about these unsung heroes.

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.

The trail should keep the young ones entertained for around an hour leaving plenty of time to find more fun and explore the forest.

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

Bridgette Hall, recreation manager for Forestry England 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.

“With trails opening across the country, it’s the perfect winter’s day out.”

Alex Sanson, brand manager at Magic Light said: “Forestry England sites are the perfect home for Superworm and all his friends.

“These trails offer a great opportunity to young explorers to learn about all the heroic feats that worms and other minibeasts achieve.”

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