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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.

Photograph of ground elder

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.

Annual event records 1000th species at Smithills

by Russell Hedley, Marketing & Communications Officer on 05 June 2018

Our third annual bioblitz has recorded the 1000th species at Smithills, but what was it?

7 extinct plants in the UK and rarest plants to save

by Laura Cottam, Volunteer Content Writer on 25 May 2018

The UK has some wonderfully diverse countryside, but some of our plant species are disappearing forever.

Biodiversity: what does it mean and why should we care?

by James Martin, Content editor on 22 May 2018

Find out why biodiversity is so important and how you can help protect it. (Photo: David Whitaker)

Why does sap rise in spring?

by Emilie Bonnevay, Public Enquiries Officer on 19 May 2018

Pruning deciduous trees should be avoided during spring because the sap is rising - but what does this actually mean?

Royal wedding: how trees will be involved in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day

by Charlie Mellor, Content editor on 18 May 2018

As the wedding of the year approaches, we take a look at some of the native trees that will be included in the floral displays on the day.