Croaky! – Thousands of toads make perilous mass migration to breed

Each night a sleepy corner of the country witnesses an amphibian march as hundreds of toads and newts make a perilous journey across a busy road to breed. This mass migration to the Woodland Trust owned Haddon Wood, near Castle Carey, Somerset, is being charted for the first time by a team of hardy volunteers….

1,064 ancient woodlands face damage or destruction

Figures released by the Woodland Trust show 1,064 ancient woodlands to be at risk of damage or destruction – the highest number since it started compiling the data in 1999. It is thought that this is just tip of the iceberg, as there may well be others it has not been notified of. Of these…

700,000 free trees for local communities

Nearly three-quarter of a million trees are winging their way across the UK as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback. Almost 4,000 schools and community groups will be taking delivery of the free saplings over the next two weeks, and while each group has its own reasons for planting, every tree will count…

The Big Climate Fightback – #Everytreecounts

TV’s Sandi Toksvig and Clive Anderson join charity’s calls for people power in wake of repeated government failings on urgent tree planting to tackle climate change. The Woodland Trust is launching the UK’s largest mass tree planting campaign – urging the public to pick up their spades and take action on climate change. The Big…

Dramatic drone footage reveals bird’s eye view of tree top heronry

Drone footage of a large heronry could shed new light on bird populations across the country. Remarkable footage shot at the Woodland Trust-owned Parrs Wood at Grappenhall Heys in Warrington, Cheshire, shows 18 nests perched precariously in the top of trees. The coverage was shot on behalf of Brian Martin from the British Trust of…

The New Northern Forest | I am not entirely convinced

The government has pledged £5.7m to kickstart the planting of a great Northern Forest that will span the country from Liverpool to Hull. With the M62 as its spine, it will cover approximately 120 miles of land, involve the planting of over 50m trees and take some 25 years to complete; costing an estimated £500m over…

Sherwood Forest partnership lays down roots

The Woodland Trust is joining the RSPB and a number of other local partners to help shape the future of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. Last week saw the partners mark the beginning of a new chapter for the forest with the foundation-laying for a new state of the art visitor centre. It is part of…

My Tree of the Year 2017

As you may have heard, the Woodland Trust has, once again,  launched its prestigious Tree of the Year competition. The contest, returning in 2017 for its fourth year, designed to celebrate the best of Britains trees: the most beautiful, iconic and historically significant, or simply those that mean the most to each of us on a personal level….