08 March 2013 - Vote for your favourite spring flower
Vote for your favourite now
01 March 2013 - The photography competition is back
Photography tips and tricks
27 February 2013 - Ancient woodland treasures
Download our ancient woodland feature sheet
05 December 2012 - Nature's gift vouchers
What do you give the person who has everything? You could print and share our fab gift vouchers for friends and family.Download your free nature's gift vouchers
30 November 2012 - Winter crafts
Feeling festive? Whether you like to bake, make or just relax we've got some great winter craft ideas for you to try.
20 November 2012 - Woodland cycle routes
With the help of Sustrans, we've put together a list of top woodland cycle routes with downloadable maps to take with you
14 November 2012 - Bag yourself a copy of Why Willows Weep
Enter our prize draw to win one of 50 copies of Why Willows Weep, a collection of short stories including contributions from Tracy Chevalier and William Fiennes
29 October 2012 - Government bans ash tree imports
The Government has banned the import and movement of ash trees in an attempt to stop the spread of Chalara ash dieback which has already been found in UK woodland. Read more on the Woodland Trust website.Download signs and symptoms of Chalara ash diebackDownload the guidelines on helping stop the spread of tree disease
18 October 2012 - Woodland walks
We've put together a list of great woodland walks around the UK with a downloadable map to take with you.
25 September 2012 - Ash Dieback could become the new Dutch Elm disease
The Woodland Trust is calling on governments across the UK to put in place an immediate and compulsory ban on imported ash trees. Read why on their website.
21 September 2012 - Wood if we could
We’re proud to introduce “Wood if We Could” a new guide produced in collaboration with Dementia Adventure about using woods and green space for those with Dementia.
31st August 2012 - And the winners are....
The VisitWoods Photo Competition winners and runners up have been chosen from over 6000 entries. See the winning pictures here
26th July 2012 - Help stop the spread of pests and diseases
There are a few simple things we can all do to help stop the spread of pests and diseases in our woods.
Download the guidelines
23rd July 2012 - Win a balloon flight worth £398
Your chance to view the woods from above. Our prize draw runs until 7th September and gives you a chance of winning a fabulous champagne flight for two with Virgin Balloon Flights.
17th July 2012 - Environment minister praises VisitWoods
Read Richard Benyon's article praising VisitWoods as an inspiring partnership "encouraging people to use green space to say healthy and discover wildlife."
The Environment Minister's article coincides with 'Securing the Value of Nature', celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the publication of the Natural Environment White Paper.
Read the case study from Defra
4th July 2012 - Final Independent Panel report
As you may have seen, the Independent Panel published its final report about the future of forestry and the public forest estate in England today. VisitWoods is very encouraged to learn that the report makes a number of key recommendations which support a call for a new woodland culture where trees are seen as good for people, good for nature and good for wildlife. The Chairman’s foreword recognises the significance of woods and forests, “Our forests and woods are nature’s playground for the adventurous, museum for the curious, hospital for the stressed, cathedral for the spiritual, and a livelihood for the entrepreneur.”
Of particular interest to VisitWoods is the fact that the report highlights that woods are good for people “In our report, we call on Government and other woodland owners to give as many people as possible ready access to trees and woodlands for health and well-being benefits – this means planting more trees and woodlands closer to people and incentivising more access to existing woodlands.” The recent work VisitWoods has been pioneering with organisations such as Dementia Adventure and Nature and Autism demonstrates the vital importance that trees and woodlands have in improving health and well-being.
Read the full report
1st July - Photo competition now closed
The photo competition has now closed and we have begun shortlisting. We will be showcasing some of the fabulous entries on the site very soon. Thanks to everyone who has taken part.
18th June 2012 - Winning bluebell painting artisits announced
Congratulations to all the winners of the painters-online bluebell painting competition.
15th June 2012 - Help us discover those undiscovered woods
We're trying to find out more about the woods on our site that don't have any photos or comments. Could you become a woodland explorer and help us out?
8th June 2012 - Carry on camping
If you're planning a short break or your summer holiday, why not try camping near woodland.
17th May 2012 - Hit the trail
Like art and nature? How about visiting a wood which has a sculpture trail. Here are some of our top tips.
16th April 2012 - Help save Scotland's red squirrels
Once a common sight across mainland Britain, today red squirrels are sadly absent from most of England and Scotland’s central belt. Find out how you can help.
13th April 2012 - Win tickets to a Forestry Commission Live Music event
VistWoods have got two pairs of tickets up for grabs. Enter the draw quick if you'd like to see Alfie Boe or Will Young at a Live Music event this year.
6th April 2012 - National Spring Clean 2012
Why not give your favourite woods a spring clean this year by signing up to Keep Scotland Beautiful!
2nd April 2012 - Bluebells are early
The cold snap from February hasn’t stopped the bluebells from blooming two weeks earlier than last year. You can find out more about bluebell spotting and bluebell woods here
29th March 2012 - National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) changes
If you are wondering whether the government’s new national planning policy for England means any changes for woods, here’s our take on the matter. Access to the countryside and woods in particular is unaffected – best to watch the report of the Independent Panel on Forestry for recommendations around this when it is published later in the summer.
But protection afforded by planning policy for ancient woods remains pretty much as it was under the old policy, a presumption against development in and around them “except where the need for and benefit of the development clearly outweighs the value of the woodland. “ For the Woodland Trust, this is disappointing but not surprising given the push for growth. They had argued hard to remove this loophole which allows ancient woods to be damaged or destroyed in certain circumstances – this is no hypothetical concern; there are more than 200 cases of ancient woods under threat in England from development at present and in the past 10 years they have been involved in over 600 cases.
While Greg Clark, the planning minister says the policy recognises the intrinsic value of the countryside, requires net improvements to the environment and supports healthy living, there is no requirement for developments to incorporate new green spaces into their design from the outset. In short the new policy doesn’t go far enough in terms of protecting ancient woods once and for all or promoting the value of new woods and trees as a critical element of good design.
Read more on the Woodland Trust website
22nd March 2012 - Bloomin' bluebells
First bluebells are appearing in UK woods. Have you spotted any yet? Whether you're looking for local bluebell walks or activity ideas, we have all you need.
18th March 2012 - Spring is here
Celebrate the arrival of spring with us. We've put together some fun resources to help you make the most of spring.
1st March 2012 - VisitWoods photography competition
Get snapping and share your photos on our website to be in with a chance of winning £250.
29th February 2012 - Bluebell painting competition
Painters-Online have launched a bluebell painting competition with great art prizes. Get all the details on their website.
3rd February 2012 - Plant the future - Visit the past
1st February 2012 - British Wildlife Photography Awards
The British Wildlife Photography Awards are delighted to announce a brand new VisitWoods category for 2012. The Wild Woods category celebrates all that is special about British woods and trees.
20th January 2012 - Paint your own woodland
Why not follow in the footsteps of David Hockney and let your local woods bring out the artist in you? If you fancy swapping your paintbrush for an iPhone then we have just the thing for you!
06th January 2012 -Spring coming early?
12th December 2011 - Nature's Gift vouchers
6th December 2011 - Free winter activity ideas
Don't hibernate - winter is such a magical time you wouldn't want to miss it. Our winter activity pack is bursting with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.
2nd December 2011 - Accessible woods
We now have 21 DisabledGo and 33 Phototrails from the fieldfare Trust on the website.
28 November 2011 - Follow in their footsteps
With the help of a few famous faces, we've compiled a list of the best woods for winter walks. But don't just take their word for it, get out there and enjoy a walk in the woods this winter.
1st November 2011 - Ten of the Best
We've teamed up with CAMRA to bring you 'Great British Pubs' to revive you after your woodland walk.
14th October 2011 - Autumn Colour page launched on Facebook
We all love autumn with it's beautiful display of colour, so we've launched a dedicated page on Facebook for you all to tell us what it is you love about this time of year.5th October 2011 - Our Big Forest Picnic story writing competition winners are announced!After a (slightly longer than planned) judging process we are now pleased to announce the winners of our Big Forest Picnic story writing competition
28th September 2011 - VisitWoods celebrates Scotland's Forgotten ForestsVisitWoods is supporting Forgotten Forests, an exciting new exhibition and events programme to celebrate woods and forests across the globe at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. The exhibition runs from September 2011 to January 2012. Watch films, view photos and join in conversations celebrating the diversity of the world's forests on the Forgotten Forests website.
27th September 2011 - It's a bumper autumn for nuts
This autumn has brought bumper nut harvets according to this article in the Guardian
16th September 2011 - UK butterfly numbers fall following coldest summer in 18 years
Guardian article on how the record cool summer has affected the UK's butterfly population
16th September 2011 - Update on the VisitWoods and WWF Big Forest Picnic story writing competition
8th September 2011 - Peterlee group proves devoted dads are real family men
News article about how VisitWoods East Durham has helped a local dads' group get out in to the woods
7th July 2011 - Wandering in the woods report on the effects of green spaces on people with dementia launched today
2nd July 2011- Ready, Willing & Mobile competition winners announced
Find out who won a competition to help improve access to woods for disabled people
8th June 2011 - Congratulations to Jon Rawson, the winner of our Easter egg competition
27th May 2011 - Celebrate World Environment Day in your local woods
25th May 2011 - Ancient Tree Hunt launches London ancient tree trail
19th May 2011 - Independent Panel on Forestry launches 'call for views'
5th May 2011 - Tips for wood visitors to help protect woods against forest fires
Knit a bluebell to help VisitWoods
Download a free knitting pattern to help spread the word of VisitWoods.
20th April 2011 - Bristol gallery holds woodland exhibition
The Start the Bus Gallery in Bristol will be hosting a woodland themed art exhibition on 3rd - 14th May. Download the flyer or visit the Deep into the Woods Facebook event page for more information.
14th April 2011 - Scotland's woods get a spring clean thanks to National Spring Clean volunteers
Find out how volunteers are helping to make woods and other public spaces cleaner places for everyone to enjoy.
13th April 2011 - How Exercise is helping people living with dementia
Read this BBC News article about how exercise such as gentle walking is helping people cope with dementia.
4th April 2011 - Share your photos and woodland comments to win a designer Easter egg!
You can win a specially crafted Easter egg simply by sharing your photos and comments with VisitWoods. Find out more here.