Woods, and the trees that make up a vital component of them, are essential to life. They have a myriad of different benefits for both wildlife and people.
They stabilise the soil, generate oxygen, store carbon, play host to a spectacular variety of wildlife, provide us with raw materials and shelter, inspire our imaginations and our creativity.
The almost magical, mystical quality of woods makes them a great place for relaxation and recreation. A walk in the woods can give anyone a feeling of peace and tranquillity. Most of us have fond childhood memories of playing on or around trees.
A world without trees and woods would be barren and bare.