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Trees of the World Cup: from the old man of the water to the oak

by James Martin, Content editor on 22 June 2018

Did you know that Brazil was named after a tree? Or that Mexico is home to the world's widest tree? Discover the role that trees play in the national identity of some of the countries competing at the World Cup.

The world beneath your feet: the importance of woodland ground flora

by Alastair Hotchkiss, Conservation Advisor - Ancient Woodlands on 22 June 2018

Ancient woodland ground flora is often a focus for woodland conservation and restoration. But the plants themselves could be seen as just the stage, with thousands of inextricable stories being played out by dependent insects and fungi.

Mark of Zorro: is a new pest coming soon to woodland near you?

by Matt Elliot, Conservation Advisor - Tree & Woodland Health on 21 June 2018

Distinctive examples of leaf damage have recently been discovered which indicate that the zigzag elm sawfly has arrived in the UK

Is your tree special enough to be Tree of the Year?

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 20 June 2018

It’s competition time! Which tree will win the coveted Tree of the Year crown?

Longest day of the year: 6 outdoor activities to make the most of the solstice

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 20 June 2018

The longest day of the year is almost here. Make the most of the extra daylight with these seven activities!

Witches' brooms: what they look like and why they form

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 19 June 2018

Witches' brooms look like a dense tangled bird nest. But what are they and what causes them?

Faughan Valley: from fragments to thriving forests

by Dave Scott, Treescape development lead, Northern Ireland on 15 June 2018

We’re on a mission to futureproof Northern Ireland’s Faughan Valley landscape. It’s good news for wildlife and for the people who live in, work in, or visit the valley.

The first Tree Charter UK board meeting

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 14 June 2018

Thirteen organisations have joined together to form a steering board committed to helping embed the Tree Charter into the fabric of society. Read about our first meeting.

Pine martens: where they live, what they eat and other facts

by Charlie Mellor, Content editor on 14 June 2018

They may look cute and cuddly, but with fierce teeth and claws and an appetite for small mammals, the elusive pine marten is anything but! Learn more about this iconic woodland species and how we're helping to secure its future.

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Foraging in June: edible flowers, plants and herbs

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 12 June 2018

From fresh flowers and tender leaves to crisp seeds, here are some edible plants to forage in June. These are my top tips on where to find them, and how to turn them into something delicious.