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trays of tree seedlings growing in a large glasshouse
Blog
27 April 2020
We hear from Phil Lee, a site ranger who temporarily joined the nursery team to help out at this crucial time, and find out how he’s been getting on in the past few weeks.
Saplings growing in a field
Blog
20 April 2020
Discover how we’re still caring for the young trees that will become the forests of tomorrow in this blog from Vernon Stockton, Delamere Nursery Manager and interim Head of Plant and Seed Supply.
Woman with closed eyes facing out of a window
Blog
07 April 2020
Spending time in forests is good for our mental, physical and social wellbeing. So how do we continue to experience the wellbeing benefits of trees and forests whilst following the important Government advice to stay safe and stay home? Well the good news is that recent research suggests that connection with nature is more important for mental wellbeing than simple exposure to nature. Nature connectedness describes our emotional and relationship with nature. Research shows that people who are connected to nature, rather than simply exposed to nature, have better wellbeing and are more likely to do things that benefit nature.
Father and kids using tablet
Blog
06 April 2020
To keep the kids busy, here are our top 7 activities you can do at home over the Easter weekend. Although Easter is usually a great time to get together with loved ones to enjoy the joys of spring, this year we need to stay home and stay safe. But don’t worry, we’re here to bring the trees to you! 
Flowers at Castle Neroche
Blog
26 March 2020
Get lost in the magic of nature without even leaving the living room! Check out our favourite nature-focused podcasts, perfect for helping you connect with the outdoors whilst staying indoors.
Muddy Hands Children
Blog
19 March 2020
With schools and offices shutting, check out our list of family-friendly indoor activities to keep the family happy!
two people planting saplings
Blog
16 March 2020
Learn what it takes to respond to the climate and ecological crises that have exposed the need to reforest our landscapes on a dramatic scale. 
Spring cherry blossom family
Blog
03 March 2020
Spring is sprung at last, and that seemingly endless winter is finally over. As we emerge into longer, brighter days our forests come to life, providing a feast for your senses. The sights, sounds and smells of spring are signs of new life – but what in particular should you keep a special eye out for in the forest?

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