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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! 
Goshawk and two chicks waiting to be fed in nest of twigs
Blog
24 May 2019
After being absent from the New Forest for 120 years, there are now over 40 pairs of Goshawks living in the New Forest. Watch the live web cam as they rear their young.
Jane, a volunteer ranger stand in a autumnal woodland
Blog
17 May 2019
Jane's story: volunteering in the New Forest
Child on balance bike in Hamsterley Forest
Blog
17 May 2019
Grab your helmet and head out to the woods with the family for a beautiful cycle ride.

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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.