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Flying High


School children from Nottingham soared 70 feet above the Forest Recreation Ground as they took to the skies in a hot air balloon as part of the parks Heritage Lottery funded project.

Following the 150th birthday of the park, a number of local schools were asked to take to the skies in a hot air balloon, a pastime that was historically a regular occurrence.

The students, who visited from four different schools, not only got to fly in the balloon, but were also given an illuminating lesson on forces and learnt about the failed attempt at a balloon flight back in 1785.

Victoria, a 10 year old student who took part in the event said It felt like we were giants, we went up really high and buildings looked really small, it was really good but at the same time really scary.
Eleven year old Sukhraj said: I liked the way it rose up and you could look down. I waved to my friends, they all looked really small.

The children went up in the air with the aid of a couple of 16 million thermal unit burners. The balloon launch was the first part of a bigger learning project taking place at the Forest which will also see children being invited to nature camps, shelter building sessions and a Forest School.

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