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Women cycling in the forest
13 August 2020
In this blog post, we hear from Active Forests Ranger and passionate cyclist Clare Curtis, who has lots of handy tips and pointers for new cyclists heading to the forest.
Trash Free Trails facts
11 August 2020
Join an amazing community of volunteers protecting, promoting and sharing the trails and wild places we all love.
A road passing through Snake Woodlands on a misty day
30 July 2020
From the moody to the mystical, these are the best Instagram accounts to inspire your next adventure.
Community Ranger Tim, at Bellever Forest
24 July 2020
We caught up with Tim Powles, to see what being a Community Ranger is all about!
Staff in waders walking through bog
23 July 2020
Explore the wonderful and wet world of bog habitats within the nation's forests and why they play a vital role for climate and biodiversity.
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest Louisa Lake view in summer bench
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
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
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.

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