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Christmas tree pine needles
Blog
15 October 2018
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 2018
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.
Family picking their Christmas tree
Blog
28 September 2018
From seedling to centrepiece - where does your sustainably grown British Christmas tree come from, and how was it grown? Follow the story, and unlock the secrets behind your tree.
Running event in the forest
Blog
10 September 2018
When the motivation runs dry, how can you ensure you'll stay determined to reach your goal? We've put together four proven ways to help you to stick to your plans, and ensure that you stay active all year.
Women with blue backpack walking through spring woodland
Blog
06 September 2018
Forest Bathing is an ancient Japanese process of relaxation - know in Japan as shinrin yoku. The simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way. Step by step guides to help you relax, reset and practice mindfulness in the great outdoors.

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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.