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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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What's on

Autumn Westonbirt
Monday 2 November
10.30am - 3.30pm
Westonbirt Arboretum
This is a day workshop spent at this fabulous location developing your skills both in camera technique and understanding of digital technology.
People running night time race through the dark
Friday 11 December
Starts at 6.15pm
Whinlatter Forest
A running adventure - into the darkness. Build your confidence of running in the dark, lit only by torches. Running or jogging steadily, to suit the group, around and along the forest tracks and trails.
Sun through autumnal trees
22 November
11am to 1pm
Leigh Woods
This walk in the SSSI and nature reserve of Leigh Woods will help you to confidently identify a wide variety of British native tree and shrub species by looking at their key features including winter buds, twigs, bark, size and shape. Ecologist Neill Talbot will show you how surprisingly simple this can be when you know what to look for.