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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest Louisa Lake view in summer bench
Blog
21 July 2020
Being a teacher is hard work. Being a teacher during COVID-19 is incredibly hard work. You’ve been adapting to changing expectations, working at pace to develop new ways of delivering lessons, and continually striving to ensure children and young people remain engaged and learning.  We know that you’ve been looking out for everyone else’s wellbeing, but that can sap us of our energy and leave us feeling drained. That’s why we want you to take some time out and allow the forest to help you recharge, regain some balance and have some time for you. So sit back, make yourself a cuppa and allow us to look after you.
Family of four walking through the forest on a rocky path
Blog
21 July 2020
A walk in the woods can be a joy. Dappled light, soft trails underfoot, the sounds of wildlife puncturing the hush – these are the things that attract us back to the forest again and again. As wonderful as the woods can be, it pays to be prepared before you head out. Whilst the sun is shining at the moment, unpredictable weather and challenging terrain can always conspire to up the ante on an afternoon ramble. That’s why proper kit is essential to a safe and responsible day beneath the leaves. Our partners at Go Outdoors know a thing or two about prepping for all kinds of outdoors experience. So we asked them for some advice on what to wear - and how to prepare - for a walk in the forest.
Picnic table at sunrise
Blog
06 July 2020
Whether you are planning your next family adventure or looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite forest themed picnic ideas to treat your taste buds.
Nightjar ground nesting
Blog
29 June 2020
During summer 2020, we spoke to recreation ranger Amy Howells on how we have been protecting vital habitats for rare species during the pandemic. 
Sence Valley from the air
Blog
28 June 2020
Learn what it takes to find new life in the land by giving nature a helping hand.
Woman walking her dog, silhouetted against forest background
Blog
26 June 2020
Whether you’ve just discovered your nearest woodland, or you’re thinking of visiting for the very first time, check out our visitor’s guide to the forests for everything you need to know for your first forest foray. 
Mossy Forestry Commission sign through metal fencing
Blog
18 June 2020
We go behind the scenes with Tony Bartholomew to hear about his experiences in capturing a year in the life of the nation’s forests.
People in forest
Blog
06 June 2020
Learn about the transformative and instinctive power of trees when you step under the forest canopy.

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