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Ruan Kezhuang 'Fingerprints of the Earth' (2019)

Earth Photo

Developed jointly with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Earth Photo aims to stimulate conversations about the world, its inhabitants and our treatment of both. Plan your visit to see a stunning selection of the shortlisted images in one of three forest exhibitions, or let the virtual gallery inspire your next forest photography trip.

Keep connected to nature

Child playing on bridge in Hamsterley Forest
near Tunbridge Wells
Follow in the footsteps of the historic plant hunters. Discover the shipwreck; keep your balance on the giant rope swing; or walk the plank at the trading post!
Family cycling on forest trail
in Northumberland
This historic trail follows the former Border Counties railway line (operational from 1862 to 1956) making it a relatively flat and easy ride, suitable for all abilities.
play area at Moors Valley
near the New Forest
Have fun in the woods on our play trail with its unique pieces of wooden play. You can climb inside a giant ‘Hawk’, wriggle through giant snakes in the ‘Snake Pit’, attempt the ‘Crocodile Crossing’ and balance on the fallen forest of ‘Timber’.
Mother and child walking on forest path during autumn
near Birmingham
Enter the 'Valley of the Giants' and pass the Whittypear. Learn about life in the forest on our seasonal learning panels.
Bird watching

Know before you go

Our Covid-19 visitor guide, plus our forest, cycling and dog walking codes aim to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit. Please read them before you travel.
Trash Free Trails trail clean

Leave a better place than you found

Together we can protect our forests by inspiring others to do the right thing. And that’s where you can help, by getting involved with an amazing community of volunteers leading the charge; Trash Free Trails.
Couple walking in autumn

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Walking trail at Whinlatter Forest

Green healing retreat

Saturday 26 September
1pm to 5pm
Whinlatter forest, Keswick
Re-establishing a deep connection to nature is very healing and nourishing. Nature has the power to guide and teach, to soothe and nurture, to excite and energise. This immersive and creative retreat combines the Japanese art of Forest Bathing with green and intuitive creativity.
Bushcraft
12 September
10am to 3pm
Sherwood Pines, Nottingham
Join the bushcraft rangers for our quarterly bushcraft club. Each season offers the chance to try out a different bushcraft skill. During this autumn event make your own Swedish candle to take away and enjoy campfire cooked snacks.
Foraged Colour
Saturday 3 October
10am - 4pm
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, near Stroud
Sustainable designer, Linda Row will teach eco-friendly dyeing techniques using a variety of natural fibres and plant materials foraged from the forest of Westonbirt.
Owl at night
Friday 2 October
6.15pm to 8.30pm
Leigh Woods in Bristol
Getting out on an autumn evening for a walk in the woods - listening and watching for owls - is a magical experience! Come and learn about British owls with Ian McGuire from WildOwlTV.