Top urban woods owned by the Woodland Trust:
- In the North of England, Big Wood near Runcorn is a former landscaped garden. A surfaced path makes it great for buggies and wheelchairs, plus nearby streams provide the perfect spot for watching wildlife.
- Hardwick Wood in the centre of Plymouth, Devon, is a calm oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s also home to beautiful ancient trees, foxes and buzzards.
- 13 miles south-east of central London is Joyden’s Wood. Perfect for modern city-dwellers, but with the chance to escape to bygone times with the remains of Iron Age roundhouses, medieval field boundaries and wartime bomb craters.
- In Northern Ireland, Prehen Wood is a stone’s throw from Derry Londonderry. Both long eared owls and red squirrels can be spotted flitting about the tree tops, when visitors aren’t gazing out over terrific city views.
- Lang Craigs, near Dumbarton in Scotland, is a stunning wood compiled of ancient and new woodland, sheltered glens, jagged outcrops and rugged moorland. It offers a sense of true wilderness, despite being just two miles from Dumbarton town centre.
This is just a selection of over 1,200 woods owned by the Trust – all of which are free and open for all. Other woods can be found by searching for a town or village on the Woodland Trust website: woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods
Top winter activities for when the trees are bare:
Nature Detectives is the Trust’s family membership scheme which provides ideas for families to get outside and have fun. To learn more, and to find free online activity ideas, go to: woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives
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For further information contact the Woodland Trust press office on 01476 581121 or email HollieAnderson@woodlandtrust.org.uk
The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.
The Trust has three key aims: i) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable, ii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life, iii) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.
Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,200 sites in its care covering over 22,500 hectares. Access to its woods is free.