At the Heart of England Forest, we are always looking for ways to make your woodland adventures more enjoyable and exciting.
During meetings facilitated by the Forestry Commission, we recently shared ideas with the woodland teams at Epping Forest and the New Forest, hoping to make your next visit to the forest even more memorable.
In winter, the forest is home to scores of birds that fly south to escape the snow and ice that covers their feeding grounds in the frozen north.
Enticed by the plentiful seeds, berries and insects, a variety of different species, including many less well-known members of the finch family such as Bramblings and Redpolls, join Thrushes, Fieldfares, Swans and Geese.
One of the great joys of roaming around the Heart of England Forest is spotting the little treasures scattered throughout. One delight that looks particularly lovely at this time of year is the Spindle Tree – so called because its hard timber was often used to make spindles for holding wool during the spinning process.
Since ancient times, people have looked to trees and plants for their medicines. As we enter the season of coughs and colds, why not try some of the natural resources that may help reduce the sniffles or even keep them at bay completely? Better still, many of them can be found in your local forest.
A familiar sight all over Britain, the much-loved Robin is also a favourite little visitor to the Heart of England Forest. Recently crowned Britain’s first national bird after winning a nationwide vote, the Robin is closely associated with Christmas, but do you know why?
Spending less time on their computer screens and more time playing outdoor is so important for children. Our Heart of England Forest School site at Wild Wood, Middle Spernal, offers the perfect environment for children to learn about the forest and discover nature, with the added health benefit of spending time in the fresh air.