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THERE’S no need to fork out for expensive gym fees if you want to shed pounds. Nature lovers in South Yorkshire can go rustic - by joining woodland wellbeing sessions.

Regular events are being staged at Cudworth Common and Phoenix Park, Thurnscoe, near Barnsley, and Bentley and Brodsworth Community Woodlands near Doncaster. The initiatives involve willow coppicing, tree planting, scrub clearance and other tasks.

Buggyfit for mums with babies begins on February 2 at 1.30pm in Kiveton Community Wood, near Rotherham, priced £2. To find out more email

And Nordic walking sessions start on January 31 at 1pm at Bentley Community Wood, Doncaster. The cost is £3 to borrow poles or £2 if you bring your own. Email