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Rooks nesting in a Silver Birch

Can you spot nesting rooks?

by Kate Lewthwaite, Citizen Science Manager on 06 January 2014

At this time of year these large black birds are easily spotted in the tops of bare trees tending to their nests.

Aerial view of woodland destruction

Has Owen gone off-piste on offsetting?

by Austin Brady, Director of Conservation & External Affairs on 06 January 2014

Owen Paterson (Secretary of State at Defra) has moved the discussion about biodiversity offsetting both back up the agenda and backwards too.

HS2: Less speed, more support?

by Steve Mulligan, Contributor on 17 December 2013

Following the publication of the High Speed Rail Preparation Act and first reading of the Hybrid Bill, the Woodland Trust are now preparing our response to the HS2 Environmental Statement.

Close up of chopped logs

Grow your own fuel and save money

by Hayley Broad, Contributor on 09 December 2013

Cold weather is coming and energy bills are rising – but there is an alternative way to heat your home.

The grants gap, making progress together

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 25 November 2013

It’s been 21 days since we launched a petition against Defra’s decision to put a 2 year freeze in new government-funded grants for tree planting and new woods.


The grants gap is already having an impact on communities

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 25 November 2013

Here’s a good example of how the current situation with grants is affecting how we support people who want to plant trees, and the landowners themselves

Oak Polypore

Rare fungus rears its lovely head in Northern Ireland

by Kaye Coates, Communications Officer - Northern Ireland on 20 November 2013

A rare fungus has been found and recorded for the first time ever in Northern Ireland.

Bleubells at Ashenbank wood

Broadleaf magazine

by Elisabeth Garton, Editor on 08 November 2013

Get the latest Woodland Trust news with Broadleaf, our membership magazine.

Flooded woodland

How tree planting could help reduce flood risk in Wales

by Rory Francis, Communications Officer - Wales on 07 November 2013

The 2004 Foresight Future Flooding report suggested that the annual economic damages in Wales will rise from £70 million in 2004 to £1,235 million in the 2080s under the most likely scenario.

Quarry site

The impact of development

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 11 October 2013

Ancient woodland dates back hundreds of years and supports more threatened species than any other habitat in the UK. However, less than 300,000ha remains.