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How to protect your plants in winter

by Sally-Ann Smurthwaite, Assistant Campaigner - Policy & Advocacy on 23 November 2017

Winter weather can prove fatal for your favourite garden trees and plants. Find out how to protect your plants from the extremes of wind, rain, frost and snow over the next few months.

Life cycle of a plant: seeds, shoots and roots

by James Martin, Content Editor on 21 November 2017

Do you know where plants come from? Be it beautiful woodland bluebells or the grass on your garden lawn, every plant you see has a fascinating story to tell. (WTML)

Rings and black lines in tree trunks

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 17 November 2017

We take a fascinating look at why some tree trunks have black lines instead of rings.

Photograph of gathering sweet chestnuts

Foraging in November and December: edible wild plants to look out for

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 15 November 2017

Don't be put off by short days and cold, damp weather. There are still some foraging treats to brighten your days. Here are some favourites.

How and when to plant fruit trees

by Eleanor Clark, Conservation Volunteer on 08 November 2017

Learn how to choose the best fruit tree for you and your garden, when and where to plant them and the benefits they bring for wildlife.

When do hedgehogs hibernate? And other animals that hibernate

by Charlie Mellor, Content Manager on 03 November 2017

The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and the first frosts are already occurring, so it really feels like winter is on its way. What does this mean for our hedgehogs and other woodland wildlife?

What is a 'mast year' and why is it making autumn bigger than ever?

by Charlotte Armitage, Citizen Science Officer on 31 October 2017

The last reported mast year in the UK was in 2013. Find out what a mast year is and what this means for woodland trees and wildlife. (Photo: WTML/ Ben Lee)

Foraging in October: berries and nuts to find this autumn

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 26 October 2017

Our top foraging finds for October with top tips on where to find, when and how to use them.

Saving for the future – with a seed bank

by Louise Taylor, Citizen Science Project Officer on 14 October 2017

Plants, we are all dependent on them for clean air and food, yet many are endangered. So how do we save today's species for future generations? We bank them.

Protected trees: how to know which trees are protected

by Jill Butler, Conservation Advisor on 13 October 2017

A guide to the importance of protecting trees, how this may be implemented and identifying where protection is in place.