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Autumn red orange trees
Blog
08 August 2019
Uncover the science behind the changing season, and discover why leaves change colour in this magical season.
The Angel of the North sculpture with blue skies
Blog
23 July 2019
Escape the city this summer with a shady forest walk
Blakemere lake with leaves from trees around the edge of the picture
Blog
22 July 2019
Escape the city heat with one of our top spots near Manchester
Open space with trees
Blog
26 June 2019
Beat the heat | Top spots near London to cool down this summer
Family having a picnic in the forest
Blog
25 June 2019
Win a year's membership and five delicious boxes of Organix biscuits!
Foresters beside vehicle
Blog
21 June 2019
Guest blog by artist Amanda Loomes, creator of an intimate two screen film installation about sustainable timber as part of our centenary celebrations.
Osprey fishing near Dodd Wood
Blog
11 June 2019
The return of ospreys to Kielder is one of our most exciting and successful conservation stories.
Bristol Suspension Bridge - Avon Gorge
Blog
07 June 2019
Looking for some shaded forests to explore near you in Bristol? Look no further in your quest for shaded woodlands, we’ve got the ultimate guide to beating the Bristol city heat. With the climate tragically heating up, we’ve got a number of increasingly hot summers ahead. Cities become significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas due to the ‘urban heat island effect’, so escape Bristol and find a secret spot under the trees of a nearby woodland.  No need to reach for your car keys - you can reach forests near Bristol by bike or bus and do your bit for the planet! 

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Autumn coloured canopy from below

Zog activity trails

Follow panels and complete activities along the way as you head on a forest journey with Zog. Look out for characters from the story, uncover hidden signs on reveal panels, collect stars as you learn like Zog did at Dragon school, and complete challenges along the way.