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Woman writing on a notepad in the forest
Blog
14 March 2019
Allow yourself the time and space that you need to reflect by taking a therapeutic trip to the forest and practicing mindfulness with our top tips.
Women in pink coat walking through spring woodland
Blog
14 March 2019
Finding the time to practice mindfulness in the forest can heighten your enjoyment. So what is mindfulness, and how can it help you?
Life in the hedgerow illustration - Tiffany Francis
Blog
21 February 2019
Telling the story of our nation's forest – introducing writers in the forest Zakiya Mckenzie and Tiffany Francis
Trail runners in the forest
Blog
06 February 2019
Feeling like it’s time for a change of scenery in your running routine? Break up the monotony of treadmills and pavement-pounding with breathtaking views, clean air and challenging landscapes.
Beaver with tags in water
Blog
31 January 2019
Find out about our beaver reintroduction project at Cropton Forest.
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.
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.

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Young girl in shaun ears reaches into pack

Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trails

An alien space ship has crashed in to Mossingham Forest and Shaun is on a mission to help the inhabitant – a lovable alien called Lu-La. Lu-La needs your help to charge her communicator so she can call home for rescue. Hurry, she's being chased by the sinister Agent Red and her hapless helpers the Hazmats!