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Foresters beside vehicle
21 June 2019
Guest blog by artist Amanda Loomes, creator of an intimate two screen film installation about sustainable timber as part of our centenary celebrations.
Osprey fishing near Dodd Wood
11 June 2019
The return of ospreys to Kielder is one of our most exciting and successful conservation stories.
Bristol Suspension Bridge - Avon Gorge
07 June 2019
Looking for some shaded forests to explore near you in Bristol? Look no further in your quest for shaded woodlands, we’ve got the ultimate guide to beating the Bristol city heat. With the climate tragically heating up, we’ve got a number of increasingly hot summers ahead. Cities become significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas due to the ‘urban heat island effect’, so escape Bristol and find a secret spot under the trees of a nearby woodland.  No need to reach for your car keys - you can reach forests near Bristol by bike or bus and do your bit for the planet! 
Goshawk and two chicks waiting to be fed in nest of twigs
24 May 2019
After being absent from the New Forest for 120 years, there are now over 40 pairs of Goshawks living in the New Forest. Watch the live web cam as they rear their young.
Jane, a volunteer ranger stand in a autumnal woodland
17 May 2019
Jane's story: volunteering in the New Forest
Child on balance bike in Hamsterley Forest
17 May 2019
Grab your helmet and head out to the woods with the family for a beautiful cycle ride.
Man with dog in the forest
09 May 2019
This post was written by Julian, an outdoor enthusiast and dog lover. Julian has found that exploring the forests with his canine companion gives him a chance to connect and strengthen their bond. Learn more about forest wellbeing. Forests and woodlands have always held a special place in my mind and in my heart. As a young child I spent time in the woodlands with my older brother fishing, making dens and fighting hordes of monsters with our active imaginations.  As I grew up forests and woodlands have had a much more significant impact for my health both mentally and physically.
Woman in forest smiling
08 May 2019
This post was written by Ellen, an office worker in Bristol. Ellen has found that her lunchtime walks offer a chance to escape the confines of office life. Learn more about forest wellbeing. Sims Hill Wood is an area of woodland about a two minute walk from my Bristol office. I was introduced to the woodland via a lunchtime walk with a colleague on a hot July day last year, during my first week at work. I remember the shade from the trees - it was a very hot summer. But I also recall how while walking and looking at our surroundings I felt more comfortable, chatting and getting to know my colleagues.

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