Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives - the nation’s forests and essential facilities are open for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally - read our coronavirus guidance.
Sunlight shining through woodland scenery

Download our free Forests for wellbeing booklet

Download and print your free 'Forests for wellbeing' booklet

From urban woodlands and historical places, to special habitats and vast wilderness, forests are as unique and varied as the people who visit them. Whether it’s an adrenaline-fuelled mountain bike descent or simply sitting quietly on the forest floor, heading for the trees is the perfect way to take time out. And science backs this up too. Research shows that spending time in forests can improve our health and wellbeing.

Download this booklet for tips for forest bathing, inspiration for adventure, forest memories notepad and Carol Ann Duffy's poem 'Forest'.

Learn more about forests for wellbeing

Jo Staniforth field pathway
26 January 2021
Find out how Jo, our Active Forest Officer, got inspired to take on the Walk 1000 Miles challenge...
Running on forest trail
08 December 2020
It's time to get off the treadmill and into the forest!
Hat, binoculars, walking poles, water bottle, map case and a compass on the forest floor
19 November 2020
To be in with a chance of winning this exciting bundle of walking gear, tell us why forests matter to you. Use #ForForests on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube to enter.  Comment, post, tweet, photo or video - we can't wait to hear your entries! This could be cherished memories with your family, timber for your home, or combatting our changing climate - whatever matters the most to you
Woman in a red hat and blue coat looking at snow in the forest
09 November 2020
The shorter days and colder weather around Christmas can make it hard to motivate ourselves to get outside and see other people. This can leave us feeling disconnected from each other and the world around us. That’s why we’ve put together three ways you can stay connected to nature and people this winter. With tips from an expert psychiatrist, and guidance from Mind, read on for tips for a kinder, more connected Christmas.