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Red squirrel facts

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 01 November 2018

The red squirrel is the UK's only native squirrel species, and was once a common sight. But for decades they’ve been in decline. Find out why they are threatened and other fascinating facts.

Free trees for your town: get planting with our new urban tree packs

by James Martin, Content editor on 01 November 2018

You don't have to be in the countryside to plant a tree. Find out how you can get planting in your town or city.

Deadwood: a Hallowe’en tale

by Nick Atkinson, Senior Advisor on 31 October 2018

The death of a tree marks a long, drawn-out process, and one which is incredibly important for nature. Find out more about the deadwood that provides homes and food for bats and creepy crawlies as mysterious fungi envelop, shroud and ultimately dissolve the tree’s decaying corpse.

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Foraging in October: which wild mushrooms can you eat?

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 29 October 2018

Explore the world of foraging with these top wild fungi picking and cooking tips. Here are five edible fungi that are easy to identify.

Why Langley Vale Centenary Wood is so important to me

by Julian Fellowes, Contributor on 25 October 2018

Actor, novelist, member of the House of Lords and writer and creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes explains his love of trees and what Langley Vale means to his family.

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Why do leaves change colour and fall off in autumn?

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 24 October 2018

Autumn is the most spectacular season thanks to our deciduous trees. But why is autumn colour better some years than others? Find out why.

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Can you eat crab apples? Three favourite crab apple recipes

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 24 October 2018

They may be small and sour, but you can make some amazing recipes with crab apples. They are usually cooked first and have a terrific tart and tangy flavour. Try these three recipes.

World Migratory Bird Day: do you know when these birds arrive?

by Martha Boalch, Citizen Science Officer on 13 October 2018

In the UK, approximately half of our bird species migrate. Do you know when to expect them?

World Mental Health Day: getting outdoors

by Hannah Vickers, Content Editor on 10 October 2018

Today is World Mental Health Day: a day to show your support for better mental health and raise awareness of mental health problems. It's also a great day to encourage people to take more care of their own mental wellbeing. One way to do this couldn't be simpler: get outdoors!

Fast growing trees for your garden

by Joe Bates, Content Editor on 04 October 2018

Trees bring so much to a garden. Choose the best fast growing tree for yours.