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Woman in a red hat and blue coat looking at snow in the forest
Blog
09 November 2020
The shorter days and colder weather around Christmas can make it hard to motivate ourselves to get outside and see other people. This can leave us feeling disconnected from each other and the world around us. That’s why we’ve put together three ways you can stay connected to nature and people this winter. With tips from an expert psychiatrist, and guidance from Mind, read on for tips for a kinder, more connected Christmas.
Sustainable Christmas tree decorations
Blog
06 November 2020
Give plastic the cold shoulder this year with our top tips for making your Christmas tree even greener!
Forest Holidays cabin on a crisp winters day
Blog
03 November 2020
Enjoy a stay in a secluded location offering a retreat from the everyday, with this chance to win a £250 Forest Holidays voucher. Your voucher can be spent on a cosy Forest Holidays cabin that feels like home.
Woman in denim sitting on bench in the forest, writing in a book
Blog
29 October 2020
Half-term may be coming to a close but there are many ways to keep the sights, smells, tranquillity and adventures of the forest alive in your classroom. From guided yoga adventures for students, to downloadable autumn activities - we've got you covered as you prepare for the second half of term at school.
A heathland strip at Ostler's Plantation
Blog
26 October 2020
While some of us have continued to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, many of our staff have continued to work on the forestry frontline. Our dedicated teams were challenged when, in May 2020, large areas of Wareham Forest were destroyed by a ferocious forest fire. This land was home to important wildlife, including rare birds, plants, reptiles and insects.  For two long weeks, fire tore through Wareham Forest. Tackled by over 150 fire fighters, supported by our local team, by the time it was under control it had destroyed over 220 hectares, totalling 15% of this special landscape. We hear from Graham Nottage, Beat Manager in the Dorset Forests team.
Zakiya Mckenzie in the forest
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Zakiya Mckenzie's reflections on writing in the forest
Zakiya Mckenzie reflects on being a Forestry England writer in residence.
Christmas tree pine needles
Blog
15 October 2020
If you're planning on buying a real tree this Christmas, we've got some expert tips on keeping those pine needles looking and smelling fresher for longer. Whether you chose a Norway spruce or a lodgepole pine from our home-grown selection, following our 5 top tips for Christmas tree care will ensure you have a happy looking tree right through to the new year.
Forestry Commission staff inspecting trees for aphids
Blog
03 October 2020
The expert's guide to choosing the best Christmas tree - Which type of Christmas tree is right for you? Choosing the best Christmas tree for you is easy - take our 1 minute quiz to find the perfect tree for you. Whether you prefer Lodgepole pine, Nordmann Fir, or Norway Spruce - discover which Christmas tree you should buy.

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