Woodland Trust Blog

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Why do nettles sting? And do dock leaves really help?

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 24 May 2017

Stinging nettles can often be irritating when out for a walk. Often the first move when afflicted by a sting is to reach for the nearest dock leave, but do they really help?

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How to identify elderflower and what to do with it

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 23 May 2017

If you want to dip your toe into the world of foraging then elderflowers are a great place to start. Get our top identification tips , with ideas and recipes on how to use elderflower.

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Our ancients deserve better

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 22 May 2017

You might not know exactly what it is that makes an ancient woodland or tree ‘ancient’, but you’d be forgiven for assuming they are protected – and wrong.

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Benefits of walking: why you should get out this weekend

by Charlotte Varela, Volunteer Content Writer on 22 May 2017

When was the last time you went for a walk? Discover the physical, mental and environmental benefits of walking and get outdoors this weekend.

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Seed dispersal by water: Which seeds spread by water?

by Louise Taylor, Citizen Science Project Officer on 20 May 2017

Plants and trees have evolved over many years to make full use of nature's transport. Some seeds are able to float and ride the current of rivers and streams to get to a new destination. Discover more about seed dispersal by water.

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Why do businesses want to plant?

by Andy Bond, PR & Content Manager - Partnerships on 19 May 2017

We have a huge aim to plant 64 million trees by 2020 and we can't do it alone. Key partners are playing a huge role in bringing more trees to the UK.

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Osprey pair are getting to grips with parenting

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 19 May 2017

It is becoming apparent the osprey pair on our Loch Arkaig nest camera are novices. They haven’t done a great job with their first egg but are doing better with the second and third. Meanwhile the nest was visited by a tawny owl.

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What Nature's Calendar has to say about spring

by Kate Lewthwaite, Citizen Science Manager on 18 May 2017

Spring 2017 so far has been relatively mild with many events a little earlier than normal.

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Knobbly growths on tree trunks: burrs and how they form

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 18 May 2017

Why do some trees have knobbly growths on their trunk? What are they, and how do they form?

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Come along to a Scottish volunteer gathering

by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer - Scotland on 17 May 2017

We are holding a series of events across Scotland so that our volunteers can feel more connected with each other. Potential volunteers are welcome too, so find out how you might become involved in standing up for woods and trees.

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